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Bindings For Kästle RX RS Advice Needed

post #1 of 9
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Hey,

 

At the end of this season I bought a pair of Kästle RX RS (13/14) skis without bindings in the sales, (here they are for reference http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/kastle-rx-rs-2013) and now that the next season is starting to rock up, I'm starting to wonder what the best bindings would be to put on them. Ideally, I'd like some Kästle branded ones to put on them - I know these are just re-branded Tyrolias, but I'd just rather white Kästle ones because I think it looks way cooler. Call me precious, if you want!

 

The trouble is, there don't seem to be a lot of them on the internet and given that Kästle don't make a lot of race skis, there aren't many examples to compare with, so I don't even know which would be most appropriate.

 

I've heard the K18 Ti were the ones they would normally have been equipped with, and I've found some here,

 

http://www.snowsportsonline.com/shop/product/kastle-k18-ti-bindings/

 

but what puts me off is that the minimum brake size option on these is 88mm and the waist of the RX RS is 68mm (not 69mm like it says on the link I gave). I know I can just replace with narrower brakes, but I'm worried that the lack of option for them in the first places indicates that these bindings aren't designed for race skis. I'm probably just over-complicating things, but I just don't wanna razz $500 on a pair of bindings that aren't even right for my skis!

 

Any help or advice is much appreciated anyway,

 

Thanks a heap!

post #2 of 9

Well, the first thing being first, do you really need an 18 DIN binding? Cause... that's a lot of binding if you only weigh 130lbs soaking wet. 

 

But really, you're over thinking thing. If the DIN is in the right range for you, and the brakes fit, then it's a good binding for you. The Look Pivot is a very popular freeride binding these days, and it used to be a "Race" binding. I have a pair of Rossignol FKS bindings on my Rossignol Worldcups, and the only difference between those bindings and the ones on my friend's park skis is the binding width. They work fine on both our skis though. 

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by AFahrverhalten View Post
 

Hey,

 

At the end of this season I bought a pair of Kästle RX RS (13/14) skis without bindings in the sales, (here they are for reference http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/kastle-rx-rs-2013) and now that the next season is starting to rock up, I'm starting to wonder what the best bindings would be to put on them. Ideally, I'd like some Kästle branded ones to put on them - I know these are just re-branded Tyrolias, but I'd just rather white Kästle ones because I think it looks way cooler. Call me precious, if you want!

 

The trouble is, there don't seem to be a lot of them on the internet and given that Kästle don't make a lot of race skis, there aren't many examples to compare with, so I don't even know which would be most appropriate.

 

I've heard the K18 Ti were the ones they would normally have been equipped with, and I've found some here,

 

http://www.snowsportsonline.com/shop/product/kastle-k18-ti-bindings/

 

but what puts me off is that the minimum brake size option on these is 88mm and the waist of the RX RS is 68mm (not 69mm like it says on the link I gave). I know I can just replace with narrower brakes, but I'm worried that the lack of option for them in the first places indicates that these bindings aren't designed for race skis. I'm probably just over-complicating things, but I just don't wanna razz $500 on a pair of bindings that aren't even right for my skis!

 

Any help or advice is much appreciated anyway,

 

Thanks a heap!


I'm a big fan of the Head Free Flex race bindings particularly for a ski like yours. Add a race plate as well if you want. 

post #4 of 9

I recommend Tyrolia Free-Flex Pro 17.

post #5 of 9

Imagine that! We agree on something Ghost! :) 

 

OP, here's a link to a deal. Brake width isn't a big deal. Head/Tyrolia run narrow. Your local dealer can get you a 78 brake for about $40 if you need. 

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Free-Flex-Pro-16-Ski-Binding

post #6 of 9

I would want a plate on that ski.  Kastle's KTI plate and matching bindings would work well or a Piston Plate with Marker race bindings.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations guys. Seems I am overthinking it a bit - I've got a few pairs of skis but never bought any without bindings on before. Incidentally I also bought some Black Crows big mountain skis without bindings at the same time as the Kästles. Heard that the Marker Duke/Baron is a no-brainer if you want a freeride binding with a touring-mode option built in?

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by AFahrverhalten View Post
 

Thanks for the recommendations guys. Seems I am overthinking it a bit - I've got a few pairs of skis but never bought any without bindings on before. Incidentally I also bought some Black Crows big mountain skis without bindings at the same time as the Kästles. Heard that the Marker Duke/Baron is a no-brainer if you want a freeride binding with a touring-mode option built in?

 

Dukes/Barons are solid choices. However I'd prefer the Salomon Gaurdian (and whatever Atomic calls their rebranded version) or the Tyrolia Adrenaline (also sold under a few different brands) simply because you don't have to get in and out of the binding between walk and ski modes. 

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Utagonian View Post

I would want a plate on that ski.  Kastle's KTI plate and matching bindings would work well or a Piston Plate with Marker race bindings.

Marker piston and you go with the Marker excel or Comp bindings. Head/Tyrolia RDX plate for the Free Flex's.
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