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Tech bindings for a heavy guy

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I've got a friend who weighs over 100 kilos, that's prob about 225 lbs or so, any recommendation on tech bindings for someone like that? He skis an alpine spring that goes to like 16 or something.
post #2 of 21
Dynafit FT*, daimer Vitec, or wait for the marker kingpin.

* the beast as well if you dont need a flat walk mode.
post #3 of 21

Would wait to see how the Kingpin pans out in real use before committing to something new from a manufacturer with no experience in the field.  

 

Maybe the G3 Ion if he can live with a max DIN of 12.

post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Taxman View Post
 

Would wait to see how the Kingpin pans out in real use before committing to something new from a manufacturer with no experience in the field.  

 

Maybe the G3 Ion if he can live with a max DIN of 12.

 

 

I agree on the kingpin. Max din 12 should be fine so long as he's not hucking and skiing inbounds bumps.

post #5 of 21

Tech bindings don't take kindly to hucking due to lack of elacisity.

post #6 of 21
I believe that the Dynafit Beast is pretty much the only tech binding that goes above DIN 12, and it has a lot of elasticity designed into it.

https://www.wildsnow.com/bindings/backcountry-dynafit-beast-binding/
http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/update-dynafit-beast-16-at-binding
http://www.dynafit.com/us/beast-14.html
http://www.dynafit.com/us/beast-16.html

Otherwise, just get Dynafit Radical FTs or G3 Ions.
post #7 of 21
The thing that's a bummer about the beast is that walk mode is always elevated.
post #8 of 21

*confused* weight doesn't translate directly to DIN, nor does a max of 16 on your current binding mean that much. What DIN does this guy actually ski?

 

My husband is a similar weight and skis at a DIN of like 7.

post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

*confused* weight doesn't translate directly to DIN, nor does a max of 16 on your current binding mean that much. 

 

True... I've been up to 93kgs in weight and am now closer to 81kgs (sorry no lbs conversion)... and I have not changed my DIN from 7 on my alpine bindings and run a release value of 7 on my tech bindings as well (TLT Vertical and Onyx).

post #10 of 21
I'm lighter and ski 10-11 depending on the binding. AT's are set at 11 which isn't an indemnified DIN setting at all. Just depends on what, how fast, and consequences of pre or non release are.
post #11 of 21

If releasing isn't an option, hit the lock out.  I did this in NZ last month after loosing a ski (trying to kick a platform) on an icy slope above a rather large crevasses.  Fortunately I rescued the ski and the ice axe kept me secure from the maws of the crevasse before the guide belayed me out.

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

The thing that's a bummer about the beast is that walk mode is always elevated.

From the Blistergear review:
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Touring

I really didn’t notice much difference between touring with a Beast 16 or any other tech bindings.

From the Wildsnow review
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Dynafit Beast lower heel lift position while touring, not flat on the ski but not much lift either. Could be useful but we'd like another height option between lowest and highest. Note that the reason the heel can't be any lower is that unlike other tech bindings, Beast heel unit and pins do not rotate out of the way when you're in touring mode. Thus, the boot heel still has to rest above the pins for lowest touring position. Interestingly, if you did remove the brake from Beast, the heel unit does rotate out of the way and stick at 90 degrees, producing a very low heel position.

I haven't skied them, so all I got is other people's comments.
post #13 of 21

The issue with Beast IIRC is that the heel pins are wider than standard pin-tech hence once your boots are adapted you cannot use a standard pin-tech binding.

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Taxman View Post

The issue with Beast IIRC is that the heel pins are wider than standard pin-tech hence once your boots are adapted you cannot use a standard pin-tech binding.

I'd bet I'm one of the few people here with more than one Dynafit set-up, but here's an article that discusses switching back and forth between the Beast and other tech binding fittings:
https://www.wildsnow.com/10631/boot-heel-tech-fitting-beast-16/
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post


I'd bet I'm one of the few people here with more than one Dynafit set-up, but here's an article that discusses switching back and forth between the Beast and other tech binding fittings:
https://www.wildsnow.com/10631/boot-heel-tech-fitting-beast-16/

 

Wildsnow the source of all good info for AT skiers Thumbs Up

 

And yes I have two tech setups and a third is on the way :D

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post


I'd bet I'm one of the few people here with more than one Dynafit set-up, but here's an article that discusses switching back and forth between the Beast and other tech binding fittings:
https://www.wildsnow.com/10631/boot-heel-tech-fitting-beast-16/


LOL; I know how you feel.  But I only have 5 Dynafit set ups now.  As to the OP, my weight fluctuates from 225-230 lbs + another 30+ lbs for boots and pack and I have had no problems with any of my Dynafits (Speeds, Verticals, Radical STs) rereleasing (as long as I maintain the heel gap correctly)--and I use a release value of 7-8 (I use the same values on my DIN settings on my alpine bindings).

post #17 of 21

Depending on your definition of few might not be the best bet to make :beercheer:

 

I have a couple of friends in the OP friend's weight and they do fine with the lower DIN (Plum Guide and Dynafit FT).  As mentioned the toe can be flipped up for greater retention.  Guessing the person does not need a DIN higher than 12 and it is prudent to ride a bit more carefully in the back country.

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post

Depending on your definition of few might not be the best bet to make beercheer.gif

biggrin.gif I'd still put money that less than 1% of the 47,139 total Epic members have more than one tech binding in the quiver. Whether that meets the definition of few or not, well...we'd need adult beverages to carry on that discussion.
post #19 of 21

I must be a 1%er. 

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by surfacehoar View Post

I must be a 1%er. 

See? I bet you never thought that before.
post #21 of 21

Here's another 1%er.  I currently have 3 dynafit setups.

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