Skier's Choice Draft Picks
Round 6 – Binding Selection, Pick 14For resort skiing, I prefer the good old Salomon 916, but if I can only have one binding, it’s going to be a tech binding. After a season touring on this one, I’m sold. I’ve had plenty of awkward impacts in firm snow, but I never had any kind of release or issue. Bigger or more abusive skiers will be better off on the wider Radical platform, but for 150 pounds of Jaded flesh, the FT12 has been flawless. The weight and hassle-free touring are great, and I love the durable construction. But what sold me was the handling—there just isn’t any slop in the system.
|Description||The patented mechanical four-point link between binding and boot, along with the intricate “torsion-bridge” between toe and heel, provides a previously unknown degree of force distribution to the ski. The low profile and perfect load transfer angle to the boot (10mm heel elevation), combined with ideal comfort (weight reduced to the minimum), are only some of its unique features. The binding’s light weight and outstanding torsional resistance make for perfect performance in Freeride Touring applications. The DIN 12 provides maximum lock down for extreme descents, where coming out of your bindings is not an option.|
|Features||Release capacity: 6–12 • crMo steel, high-strength plastic, stainless steel|