New Dynafit Gear for 2014/15 Continues Trends

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Updated January 15 (Note: due to the strong readership we’ve been getting from Europe over the past few years, we’ve decided to cover larger and sometimes complete range of products when we write overviews about any given company. We will NOT be drawing a distinction between what is imported to which country and what is not. In other words, our coverage will be global and we’ll leave it up to importers, PR people and shoppers to figure out where to acquire products.

We’re here in Switzerland checking out Dynafit’s new products for next season. Overall the innovation in bindings and boots continues, trend being evolution of existing products.

Pierre Gignoux Dynafit RC1 full carbon boot and pintech binding.

Pierre Gignoux Dynafit RC1 full carbon boot and pintech binding.

Perhaps biggest news for those of us still focused on lightweight ski touring is that Dynafit has partnered with Pierre Gignoux, the famed French carbon fiber boot maker. Working with Gignoux, Dynafit will brand a 500 gram full carbon race boot as well as a 75 gram binding (both of which work only with each other). While this stuff is high priced and designed only for racing, it is exciting because things of this sort may trickle down to the ‘normal’ ski touring market. So look for your gear getting simpler and lighter — if you like it that way. Otherwise, the latest crop of full-feature tech bindings continue to gain weight and complexity — but in doing so may become safer and easier to use.

RC1 full carbon skimo race boot is Pierre Gignoux creation, shown here with 75 gram binding.

RC1 full carbon skimo race boot is Pierre Gignoux creation, shown here with 75 gram binding.

Check out the Radical ST 2.0, heel has 10 mm travel and some interesting configurations.

Check out the Radical ST 2.0, heel has 10 mm fore/aft travel via heel spring that's now included in all Radical bindings. Main improvement is a much more positive brake and anti-rotation lock, as well as the toe jaws being mounted on a rotating platform for possibly smoother and safer release similar to that of the Beast binding.

Rotating toe unit on Radical 2.0 may increase binding safety, or solution without problem?

Rotating toe unit on Radical 2.0 may increase binding safety, or solution without problem?

Radical heel has what appears to be a super solid  anti-rotation lock and brake lock.

Radical heel has what appears to be a super solid anti-rotation lock and brake lock.

New ski lineup for 2014-15, some new models, some the same. Denali looks good and Manaslu will be available as well.

New ski lineup for 2014-15, some new models, some the same. Denali looks good and Manaslu will be available as well.

Denali ski is presented.

Denali ski is presented.

Catalog page, Denali ski 2014-15

Catalog page, Denali ski 2014-15

7-Summits used to be THE go-to touring ski. Will the new version deliver? Quite possibly.

7-Summits used to be THE go-to touring ski. Will the new version deliver? Quite possibly. It's still an '80' waisted classic EU plank, but is fattened up to about 81 at the waist from the original 78, though maintaining essentially the same sidecut. Probably a bit lighter as well.

From what I saw, most significant changes in Dynafit products are in the bindings. Nearly all the binding get a facelift, heel ‘forward pressure’ springs, what appears to be stronger heel unit top plate, and a rotating toe unit that perhaps helps with safety and elasticity/retention but we suspect is more about chasing certifications that will facilitate retail sales. Thankfully, the Speed Radical model binding remains the same, and for anyone wanting the lightest and simplist Dynafit ‘pintech’ ski binding this will perhaps remain the sweet spot in the lineup.

Here is the binding lineup for 2014-2015

Here are the 2014/15 binding offerings, with notes. I’ll add to the blog post above.

Low Tech Race (Possibly limited life span, only recommended for racing.)

Expedition (Super light, no side release.)

Speed Superlight (Somewhat of a race binding, crosses over to touring, might actually be our favorite once we do more testing.)

Radical Speed (Our fave, same as 2013.)

Radical Speed Turn (The classic TLT with heel lift requiring spinning the heel unit.)

TLT Radical 2.0 ST Anniversary (Golden color plated.)

Radical 2.0 ST (New Radical with turntable toe).

Radical ST (Old style, continued from 2013.)

Radical 2.0 FT (New FT with turntable toe.)

Radical FT (2013 FT version of Radical)

Beast 14 (New version with simpler looking turntable toe, less weight, RV 14.)

Beast 16 (2013 Beast with a few changes, RV 16.)

Beast 16 (2013 version with large complex toe unit)

Speed Superlight.  Could this be the best ski touring binding ever made?

Speed Superlight. Could this be the best ski touring binding ever made?

For you tech oriented folks, more about the rotating toe unit: it’s quite simple, ingenious. Just a recessed turntable affair that you’d hardly know is there. In function, as well as smoothing out release the rotating toe takes over the elasticity previously provided by the toe pins riding in and out of the boot toe sockets (though this probably still happens at some point in the boot movement process.) In an ideally configured pintech system, the boot toe sockets work amazingly well in allowing the binding pins to ride smoothly through their range of travel. In the real world, however, it’s proved to be difficult to consistently achieve this due to manufacturing variances, system wear and so forth. That said, hundreds of thousands of ski tourers have been perfectly happy with non-rotating tech binding toes — for nearly thirty years! Conservative point of view? Yes. Main thing, with any tech binding system do a thorough release check on the shop bench. Everything should work smoothly, with normal release values, smooth exit from the binding (not catching or sticking) and smooth return to center action.

Speed Radical remains the same, and in our opinion is still the sweet spot in the lineup for any serious backcountry skier looking to save weight yet maintain full function. We recommend a 3mm plate under the toe unit for less binding ramp-delta.

Speed Radical remains the same, and in our opinion is still the sweet spot in the lineup for any serious backcountry skier looking to save weight yet maintain full function. We recommend a 3mm plate (more or less) under the toe unit for less binding ramp-delta.

Expedition binding has no lateral release and what we suspect is probably an RV of around  9 for vertical release.

Expedition binding has no lateral release and what we suspect is probably an RV of around 9 for vertical release. We'll check on that. Idea here is minimal weight for folks such as low angle trekkers as well as extreme skiers.

Press Release Winter 2014-15



2014 is a year to celebrate: The Low Tech frameless binding system turns 30 years old. In addition to the outstanding success of the touring bindings, ski touring specialist DYNAFIT and binding inventor Fritz Barthel are also celebrating their longtime partnership. As part of the celebration and to underscore its expertise in the binding segment, DYNAFIT will introduce the new Radical 2 model three decades after the invention of the frameless system. With this new model, the development team has succeeded in taking a significant forward step in safety and comfort.

In 1984, Austrian Fritz Barthel had his patent approved for the system that years later became a groundbreaking
and globally recognized invention. Created in a basement workshop in Bad Häring, Tyrol, the Low Tech frameless
binding system rose to become a symbol of the athletic, alpine activity of ski touring. DYNAFIT has developed
and sold the system since 1989. Ever since then, the company has had a special partnership and friendship with

After climbing Mont Blanc in the early ‘80s, the mechanical engineer decided his gear was too heavy. That’s when he started to ponder a totally new binding construction: “The heavy frame of the binding had to be replaced by the boot if you really wanted to save weight – weight that had to be carried along with every step.” Thirty years later, his first idea has established itself as the leading binding system in the sport of ski touring. Fritz Barthel looks back fondly on his early ingenuity: “Laziness is the mother of invention.” Today, the unique DYNAFIT boot-binding concept has become the foundation of every other similar product development.

At DYNAFIT headquarters in Aschheim near Munich, Germany, further developments use this foundation. After
the continuing evolution of the so-called TLT binding, the RADICAL 2 model will be launched for Winter 2014-15. The Radical 2 combines safety and comfort while weighing in at only 599 g / 1 lb 5 oz. The rotating toe piece is the biggest update. First, it functions as an additional release mechanism; secondly, it increases side impact resistance. With this new design, a precisely coordinated release mechanism of the toe piece and heel unit is guaranteed. The release can be easily set to a Release Value between 4 and 10. The Radical FT model, which is made for descent-oriented ski tourers, can be set up to an RV of 12.

In addition, the stand height of the Radical 2 has been improved; a lower height ensures direct contact with the ski. In order to match the binding to increasingly wider skis, this binding also has an extra wide mount area.

Additional technical details:

- 10mm forward pressure for length adjustment when ski is flexed
- Available stopper widths 90 mm – 135 mm

There will be a 30thth anniversary limited edition run of 2,200 bindings with gold-plated components.

Dynafit Beast 14 appears to have simplified the somewhat complex toe unit of the first version.

Dynafit Beast 14 appears to have simplified the somewhat complex toe unit of the first version.

Press Release Winter 2014-15




After the successful introduction of the Beast binding, ski touring specialist DYNAFIT expands the collection in the category of Freeride Touring, introducing the Beast 14 for next winter. The Beast binding addresses athletic, passionate Freeriders who seek a binding for every discipline and every terrain. The frameless system will now be combined with more strength up to a Release Value of 14. The Beast concept enters the next phase: The stimulus for this development is an ever growing target group that demands a freeride binding that combines comfort on the climb and performance on the descent. Weighing in at 795 grams / 1 lb 12 oz, the Beast is closer to being a climbing binding, yet still offers all of the characteristics of a sturdy freeride binding. The frameless system is equipped with a rotating toe piece, which is constructed to ensure a constant release value and to resist early release from side impacts. The heel unit takes on the technology of the Beast 16 binding, which releases at both the toe piece and heel unit. When it comes to the ride, developers Frederik Andersson, who is a former professional freerider, and U.S. professional skier Eric ‘Hoji’ Hjorleifson have realized their ideas: low stand height with 16 mm in the front and 23 mm in the back, as well as a lean angle of 6 mm. A low lean angle improves neutral ski performance and makes skiing easier on difficult terrain. In addition, the two professional athletes see both a binding’s torsional stability and high energy absorption as key criteria of a freeride binding. Thus, they have incorporated these characteristics into the development of the Beast 14. ‘Limitless Skiing’ continues… Next winter will rock!

Hmmm, here is the item I'm most interested in. Carbon construction 131-98-116. The ultimate powder harvester?

Hmmm, here is the item I'm most interested in. Carbon construction 131-98-116. Rocker tip and tail. The ultimate powder harvester?

And check out the Radical boot. Probably more than I'll ever need, but how about you?

And check out the Radical boot. Probably more than I'll ever need, but how about you? What I like best about the boots is the power strap is now Dynafit's 'Motion Lock' system, consisting of buckle-strap instead of velcro, and with a small tab you pull on to quickly release for touring. This is a small improvement, but if you hate fooling with power straps it could be truly nice.

Nice power strap, no velcro, loosens quickly for touring. I'm installing on all my boots.

Nice power strap, no velcro, loosens quickly for touring. I'm installing on all my boots.

We like the look of this commemorative 30 years boot, but the gold plated binding seemed over the top (is it really gold?)

We like the look of this commemorative 30 years TLT6 boot, but the gold plated binding seemed over the top (is it really gold?)

NEO boot takes the place of ONE.  The buckle wrapping over instep is a key feature we'd like to see in all  ski touring boots.

NEO boot takes the place of ONE. The buckle wrapping over instep is a key feature we'd like to see in all ski touring boots. This is a full Pebax boot, presumably for a broader market due to standard DIN sole configuration that works with any of the frame type touring binding models on the market. Frankly, our question with this boot is 'why?' considering what is happening with the pintech binding system (essentially, it's going huge).

Tech binding system inventor Fritz Barthel gave a humorous presentation on the history of the tech binding, including sharing some of his strange mechanical prototypes while wearing his special creative thinking hat.

Tech binding system inventor Fritz Barthel gave a humorous presentation on the history of the tech binding, including sharing strange mechanical prototypes while wearing his special creative thinking headband. We were indeed celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the tech concept Fritz and his father Manfred started here in Bad Haering, Austria three decades ago. We'll cover this more in subsequent blog posts, but if you're interested in history remember to check out our binding museum using navigation menu above.

Other points I gathered:
-Dynafit is now making all their own boot liners (instead of sourcing from Palu) and all are thermo-moldable.

-The ski touring (not sidecountry or freeride) market is about one million people worldwide, with sales being a part of that.

- Beast 14 binding will come in at 1,600 grams, looks cleaner but still has heel with added vertical elasticity. Could be quite nice for the aggressive skier.

- The TUV binding certification process for one or more Dynafit bindings may occur in February, with unknown results at this time of course. As we’ve written about many times here, this is a plus and a minus. So we shall see what’s what when the dust settles.


120 Responses to “New Dynafit Gear for 2014/15 Continues Trends”

  1. Skian January 10th, 2014 9:23 am

    That radical boot is based off the best boot for ski mountaineering that Dynafit ever made. The new top buckle looks like a great addition to an already previous design. I can’t wait to ski that thing. The new liner, will be a welcome addition and way better than that older Pauloa design. gimmme gimme gimme

  2. Greg Louie January 10th, 2014 9:24 am

    Killing it as usual with the Dynafit introduction news, thanks Lou. Karat weight on the gold plating?

  3. Alin January 10th, 2014 10:17 am

    … And I was thinking that G3 Ion will have no match for the next season.

  4. Bryan January 10th, 2014 10:39 am

    Lou, can you let us know when the radical heel piece stops breaking. I’ve seen 3 different sets break 3 different times, in 3 different ways.

  5. Caleb from MT January 10th, 2014 12:14 pm

    Rotating toe piece. I can’t wrap my mind around how that will make any difference. Due to the pins in place how can the boot rotate out of the toe without having already rotated from the heel. Must be more to it. Looking forward to more info on this.

  6. bonschorno January 10th, 2014 12:21 pm

    Nice scoop. Gives me a reason to lean back and wait for 14/15 to update my gear. It hasn’t enough snow here (yet?!) anyway, in Confederatio Helvetica, as you now know…

  7. Joe Risi January 10th, 2014 12:38 pm

    Red, white, and blue beef boots… Yum

  8. Greg Louie January 10th, 2014 12:46 pm

    . . . I am pretty sure Hoji is still a Canadian . . .

  9. Brian January 10th, 2014 12:52 pm

    Pretty sure DPS invented that ski 2 years ago….;-)

  10. louis dawson January 10th, 2014 1:33 pm

    The gold plated binding will be the legit subject of as many jokes as you guys can come up with, keep it clean. As for DPS yes they are a god. More soon, had fun today touring and checking out all the new stuff. Will also try and get some beta on what they are doing about quality control. Lou

  11. TC January 10th, 2014 2:52 pm

    The weight keeps creeping up on all the new Dynafit touring bindings. From the specs above, the Radical will be 1.2kg/pair… The Beast still at 1.5 kg. A (the?) primary benefit of pintech bindings is lost with that.

    I do welcome a better release at the toe for my telemark tech setup! However, for my AT gear, I’m not sure the minor performance changes balance added weight…

    To counter the weight gain, I’d love to see more ‘race weight’ bindings that allow flat-foot touring (very few do at present – and I don’t believe any Dynafits do).

  12. Matus January 10th, 2014 4:47 pm

    Funny that I still see no reason to change my venerable, simple Vertical FT12.

    Lou, did Dynafit give up the hunt for the light AND reliable AND simple binding? Seems to me that the weight is of less and less concern with each new model…

  13. Mark January 10th, 2014 6:02 pm

    Interesting to see the “trickle down” of technology from the beast toe piece to the radical. Where dynafit goes with the heel piece isn’t clear although it appears some beast technology (forward pressure) migrated to the radical as well.

    What still concerns me is the boot/binding compatibility. Some other threads mentioned some fit issues between crosses of boot/binding brands. A dynafit/dynafit combo certainly mitigates that risk.

  14. Dave Cramer January 10th, 2014 6:42 pm

    @TC, I was a bit worried about the lack of a flat position on the Speed Superlight. But I’ve actually done some nordic skiing on groomed trails with the binding (long story), and never noticed that I wasn’t flat on the ski.

    I wonder if the low ramp angle of that binding, combined with the extreme range of motion of race-style boots, makes it a non-issue for me.


  15. Bar Barrique January 10th, 2014 9:31 pm

    Wow; another black light weight ski from a company that should know better.

  16. louis dawson January 10th, 2014 11:30 pm

    Matus, I agree that it looks like most development energy is going to the heavier bindings. Reason in my opinion is that the freeride and alpine market is huge and utapped so they head where the money is. I think we’ll still see plenty of options due to the proliferation of suppliers.

  17. Charlie Hagedorn January 11th, 2014 12:37 am

    DIN certification would be worth a lot of money, too. Whether the forward pressure stuff is necessary or not, I don’t know if anyone knows, but it appears to be necessary to DIN. Indemnified bindings would have an influence on which bindings appear in shops.

    Did Maruelli have a patent on his M2 binding? The one in the carbon boot photo looks quite similar…

  18. Harry January 11th, 2014 7:33 am

    Any word on who the Radical boot is aimed at?

    Is it related in fit or construction to the Zzero 4 boots?

    If it is a clean sheet design, what type of fit are they going for?

    Will it be a stand alone boot or will there be a few related models?

    Is that a complete lack of cuff alignment adjustment on the pictured hardware?

  19. Daniel January 11th, 2014 10:54 am

    Zzero boots have never had a cant adjustment. I can make tehse boots happen for me with some foam sheets but I bet many have the skis not excactly flat on the snow therefore…

    The Radical boot looks very Zzero-esque. If so, I could see myself longing for a pair at some point. Nothing fits me better than the Zzero mold, and fit matters more than walk mode flexibilty to me.

  20. B632 January 11th, 2014 12:23 pm

    Any idea on pricing? The last round of innovation from Dynafit have been way too expensive IMO
    I am in the market for the new bindings but the beast at 1,000 is not happening for me. The Vipec 12 from Diamir has a better price point, how do the 2 and the Vipec compare in terms of quality and performance?

  21. Charlie Hagedorn January 11th, 2014 12:44 pm

    Got an email this morning pointing out that the Gignoux binding predates the Maruelli M2 by a few years – even digging back through Wildsnow will show this to be true. Oops!

  22. louis dawson January 11th, 2014 1:33 pm

    B6 I recall the boot is 1500 EU which seems very reasonable considering.

  23. Dberdinka January 11th, 2014 5:47 pm

    If the manufactures are all moving to incorporate significant travel in the heel component of the binding why not just drop the rear pins altogether and use a standard heel latch with some sort of lever to move back and lock out the heel component for touring. Then Lou no longer has to dream about Tech 2.0. Throw in the rotating toe unit and you have a standard alpine binding with tech tourability.

  24. Charlie Hagedorn January 11th, 2014 6:27 pm

    @Dbdernika: Weight might be the reason? The TLT heel interface is efficient at providing a stiff and repeatable boot/binding interface with little weight. Steel is low-friction and strong.

    There are probably other ways to do it that are comparable or better, using a slightly different metal interface, but I don’t think a traditional clamp design could come close in the weight department to something like a pintech race heel. In 20 years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see everyone touring on bindings with heels that look a lot like the Plum 165.

    It takes a while to trust minimalist bindings, but they really can do the job…

  25. GeorgeT January 11th, 2014 8:49 pm

    Any beta on Denali ski weight and pricing? Looking for something less pricy compared to DPS and La Sportiva in carbon.
    Will you blog a Dynafit clothing update? My wife loves the mercury line of soft shells.

  26. Lou Dawson January 11th, 2014 9:41 pm

    Dberdinka. there are indeed people working on heel units that are a clamp instead of pins, but yes the pin type design seems to always be lighter if done in minimalist fashion.

  27. Rodney January 12th, 2014 10:41 am

    Much more excited about the Vipec binding than the radical 2.0 – seems to offer more features and still keep close to the 1kg mark!

  28. Billy jack January 12th, 2014 3:28 pm

    Are there updates to the Speed radical?

  29. Billy jack January 12th, 2014 3:29 pm

    What does the new speed radical look like?

  30. dimitri January 12th, 2014 3:54 pm

    @Dbdernika & Charlie; also, enough pressure to keep a clamp in place would almost certainly pop the toes, unless they are radically different than anything out there just now. the forward pressure on alpine bindings essentially facilitate the heel lock, ski flex but also aid return to center pressure for the toe elasticity. I dont think the pressure thingy really allies to any ‘pintech’ safety for the moment IMO.. what is needed of course that tech already has is a certain amount of travel which is currently being provided by the boot – binding heel gap. The new radical, ION and Vipec are basically doing the same thing, maybe in a more controlled way? As in no sudden bottom out. would be nice to see travel in the 20mm range though :)

    I’m sure a lot of you have seen mission steeps with Xavier, Sam, Andreas Franssen by now. Note the binding system Sam Anthamatten uses in some descents. what looks like a locked out toe unit and the look pivot heel (one of the only alpine binding that releases from only the heel, i think..)

  31. Tom January 12th, 2014 5:18 pm

    Dimitri – you are probably seeing Sam skiing on the SI&I system from CAST ( Pivots do have toe release. The whole toe assembly (for the 15′s and 18′s) rotates around the upstand that is part of the baseplate.

  32. Mark January 12th, 2014 10:36 pm

    As bland as it may be, I like the idea of no velcro in the power strap too. Just seem to chew mine up until they look terrible.

  33. Mark January 12th, 2014 10:38 pm

    Amazing stuff for sure. Might have to look closer at the next Manaslu skis. This season I have drooled over the Cho Oyus and also the Grand Tetons.

  34. Lou Dawson January 12th, 2014 11:48 pm

    Sorry about virtually going black here for the last few days, internet at the hut was not working well (rather humorous to see 25 journalists with virtually no internet). We’re back at our “office” at Low-Tech world headquarters in Austria, where the combined brain power in our dwelling place may cause magnetic anomalies felt as far away as Japan.

    Am working on finishing up this blog post, as well as numerous trip reports.

  35. Lou Dawson January 12th, 2014 11:54 pm

    Dimitri, I’ll get more info in a moment but Dynafit will have one model binding called “Expedition” that has almost no release and is designed for “no mistake” skiing.

    As for “forward pressure,” yes, everyone needs to realize it is just a small component of binding design, not some kind of revolution in the state of the world. And yes, with alpine “toe jaw” bindings it does provide the return-to-center force, while with pintech the return to center action is created in other ways, definitely not by the “forward pressure.” Also, there is no real reason why if the pintech heel had slightly stronger pins on a wider platform, it couldn’t have a few more millimeters of gap and travel. What is has now when properly adjusted is enough for most people, actually. It can be easily tested in the workshop by flexing the ski. Lou

  36. Lou Dawson January 13th, 2014 5:49 am

    Billy, I added an image of Speed Radical, it is unchanged. If you want something with the rotating toe there are plenty of other options, for example Radical ST 2.0 used without brake…


  37. RT January 13th, 2014 8:44 am

    Lou, I must say, you make this topic extra interesting by adding new bit of info long the day. At least makes me refresh during the day several time, hoping for new info. Feel addicted :-). Thanks for the great work.

  38. Lou Dawson January 13th, 2014 9:16 am

    RT, it’s been pretty funny really. I’d rather get it all done at once! But glad to get you addicted (grin). Lou

  39. Greg Louie January 13th, 2014 9:17 am

    That Expedition heel is hardly new – Telemark-Pyrenees sold me some just like that (but black) about 9 years ago . . .

  40. Harpo January 13th, 2014 9:23 am

    Hi l, u have pictures of a green boot and a brown/black boot at the end of your blog which both look related to the tlt6. U say something about a commentaries boot. Which is the commerative boot, and what is the other one? Could u say a little more about them? I am hoping they interest me more on the weight/price/performance graph than the other gear u write about in this blog, but I might be wrong.

  41. Dave Cramer January 13th, 2014 10:01 am

    Harpo, mouse over the green boot to read about it. Looks like the replacement for the ONE.

  42. Andreas January 13th, 2014 10:07 am

    Friflyt says that the Denali will be “under 1400 grams”.

  43. Lou Dawson January 13th, 2014 10:52 am

    Here is the Denali info from the source, best they can do for a pre-production ski weight.

    Length 168 176 184 193
    Sidecut 130-97-115 131-98-116 132-99-117 133-100-118
    Radius 21/20 22/21 22,5/21,5 23/22
    Weight +/– 3 % 1190g 1290g 1390g 1490g
    Tip 430R 430R 430R 430R
    Tail 200R 200R 200R 200R

  44. Lou Dawson January 13th, 2014 10:53 am

    Dave, thanks for suggesting the mouseover to get the caption. Should be fixed now.

  45. Billy jack January 13th, 2014 10:58 am

    I’ve often considered putting the RV 12 springs from the R-FT into the R-speed. Have you considered this or inquired about it with the engineers? I’m wondering if this is OK or not recommended.

  46. Charlie Hagedorn January 13th, 2014 12:11 pm

    Errorbars! Hooray!

    Weight +/– 3 % 1190g 1290g 1390g 1490g

    Long may they stay. When you’re serious about a quantity, there’s no getting around putting a number on your uncertainty.

  47. Skian January 13th, 2014 1:05 pm

    @Billy, I would not recommend putting that spring and heel combination, but I don’t work for Dynafit anymore. Different models were designed for different parameters. There are products that can be mixed, matched, and reinvented, but hate to see you potentially comprimise that system that away. Just sayin

  48. stuart January 13th, 2014 1:18 pm

    Hey Lou,
    Off the topic but here is some info to add to the helmet debate

  49. Lou Dawson January 13th, 2014 1:40 pm

    Billy, I wouldn’t recommend it, but know that one of the ways they get it up to RV12 is to just put a spacer/washer in the spring barrel, which has the detriment of actually reducing spring travel. In other words, if the Speed works for you, use what works, if you need higher RV, just switch to a Radical FT heel unit… Lou

  50. Gentle Sasquatch January 13th, 2014 5:00 pm

    Those white bases will be swell to wax .


  51. Jeff Brines January 13th, 2014 5:55 pm

    Hey Lou,

    Any additional information on the new Radical boot? What is it being marketed as? In place of Vulcan/Mercury or in addition to? Any information would be great.

    Nice work, as always!

    Jeff Brines

  52. Josh A January 13th, 2014 11:25 pm

    So when they say the expedition binding has no lateral release, does that mean that it doesn’t even rotate side to side at all? as in no flat on ski mode? Seems like a step backward from the low tech radical, especially considering they called it 185g. At least on the LTR you can add a flat touring mode by grinding the innards a bit if you want.

  53. louis dawson January 14th, 2014 12:56 am

    Josh, yes, the Expedition heel does not rotate. IMO it’s a very specialized binding with a small market. It’s a good sign that Dynafit will still offer this kind of stuff.

  54. Paul January 14th, 2014 7:19 pm

    Josh, to me it looks like they took the toe of a TLTspeed for the Expedition Binding. This part is mainly made of steel (parts forged, other parts stamped) and not cnc machined aluminum as on the LowTech. I bet that they are not going to ask 800$ for the Expedition, more something like 400$. Perfect binding for the after work training session up your local hill where durability is most important and nobody needs a flat on ski mode.

  55. Skian January 14th, 2014 8:11 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but I would want release capability for training and touring. The expedition should only be used as a light full on no fall ski mountaineering project tool. It might be cheaper but, safety in release is a manditory for 99% of the market. IMO

  56. Bar Barrique January 14th, 2014 8:46 pm

    I’m not sure who would want a binding that doesn’t release considering the available options.
    It appears that Dynafit has reintroduced the original TLT binding at a very reasonable price.

  57. Josh A January 14th, 2014 10:37 pm

    Thanks louis. Paul – I think you’re confusing the low tech radical (not sold in US) with the low tech race. This “expedition” binding is basically a handcuffed, heavier version of the low tech radical, which has a rotating heel and comes in around $400. But you are right, it is the same toe that’s on the speed radical, which is the same toe that’s on the Radical ST&FT, which actually has very little steel in it (the whole base is actually aluminum, even though it looks like steel (dynafit really has the us market hoodwinked). As for realease… yea, the expedition binding is a step backwards in almost every way. It’s amazing how much dynafit keeps screwing the pooch on some things. At least their skis are looking good?

  58. Josh A January 14th, 2014 11:32 pm

    oh yea, and flat ski mode… as much as i agree and love the simplicity of a single elevator setting, for long flat tours like lake crossings and access roads, my toes and the rest of my body all agree that a flat on ski mode is still a very necessary feature, even for racing, especially considering that it can be done without any added weight.

  59. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 12:43 am

    Josh and all, regarding Expedition binding my take now that I study is it’s mostly for carrying on your backpack and skiing down. And for trips that have very little in the way of flat terrain. The best “expedition” binding if it was going to really get used for horizontal travel is probably something like the Radical Speed or perhaps the version of the TLT they still sell (which gives me faith that projects such as Beast have not totally skewed Dynafit to be an alpine/freeride binding company.)

    Come to think of it, to clarify things I’ll publish some info on exactly which Dynafit bindings will be available 2014-2015. I’ll do it now.

  60. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 2:11 am

    Here are the 2014/15 binding offerings, with notes. I’ll add to the blog post above.

    Low Tech Race (Possibly limited life span, only recommended for racing.)

    Expedition (Super light, no side release.)

    Speed Superlight (Somewhat of a race binding, crosses over to touring, might actually be our favorite once we do more testing.)

    Radical Speed (Our fave, same as 2013)

    Radical Speed Turn (The classic TLT with heel lift requiring spinning the heel unit.)

    TLT Radical 2.0 ST Anniversary (Golden color plated)

    Radical 2.0 ST (New Radical with turntable toe)

    Radical ST (Old style, continued from 2013)

    Radical 2.0 FT (New FT with turntable toe)

    Radical FT (2013 FT version of Radical)

    Beast 14 (New version with simpler looking turntable toe, less weight, RV 14)

    Beast 16 (2013 Beast with a few changes, RV 16.)

    Beast 16 (2013 version with large complex toe unit)

  61. Ted January 15th, 2014 2:33 am

    Intresting weights on the seven summit ski, 1290g on all lenghts!
    I wonder when Dynafit will make an real expedition ski? Nanga Parbat and Cho Oyu are light but the GS shape is not good for steep skiing!

  62. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 2:39 am

    Ted, all ski weights in this catalog are pre-production. Only real weight you’ll get is when bloggers weigh a few production skis and average it out. That won’t happen for a while. I agree that the sidecut is not right for steep skiing… but I’ve been using Cho quite a bit for normal ski touring and honestly do like it. I’d still pick something like my DPS Wailer 99 for a true human-powered powder day, but Cho is my go-to for variable conditions and long tours when I’m tired from traveling. Lou

  63. Josh C January 15th, 2014 5:04 am

    Josh A,

    Actually, my favorite binding is a Lo-Tech Race binding from several years ago that had a TLT Speed toe-piece and a small heal-post with a 4-screw pattern that actually rotated around so you can tour flat. Toughest, lightest binding I have ever used and I bought it for $250. Sounds like Dynafit is going to reintroduce this with a jacked-up price.

    IMO, the releasabilty issue is a solution to a problem that barely exists. People are going to blow their knees skiing no matter what–and I would be interested to see a real study on the prevalence of ACL injuries with DIN rated alpine bindings vs ski touring bindings. Anyone know of one???

    I am starting to gravitate away from Dynafit bindings since it seems they are producing what they think the market wants and not making the kinds of bindings that they would actually consistently tour on. Trust me…you are not going to see a lot of Beasts on guys who tour an extensive amount.

    My unsolicited $0.02.

    Josh C

  64. louis dawson January 15th, 2014 5:49 am

    Josh I think that’s the Speed Superlight. As for sales the ski touring market is saturated so the big push is to get more cutomrs in the alpine sidecountry crossover. More power to Dynafit if they can do that AND keep making ski touring tech bindings.

  65. dimitri January 15th, 2014 6:06 am

    Josh, I agree about the rotation on the toe; the Vipec to me on the other hand does seem a little bit more elastic less gimmicky.. but basically think it’s good that the big players are still willing to try out new(ish) stuff. i don’t doubt that the toe rotation will provide a better/smoother release (like the Audi cup holder), but only the elastically claims. I suppose time will tell :)

    Off topic warning: Its funny that i hear a lot of mention alone the lines “the days of the garage binding maker are over” sort of thing.
    Very strange considering the advent of material and stress testing within CAD, 3D printers & crowdfunding.
    The days of the “maker” are actually here! There is just a different sort of knowledge required. programming & maths rather using a mill, lathe etc. We should be encouraging amateur innovation IMO.

  66. Josh C January 15th, 2014 7:11 am

    I think its the “Low Tech Lite.” at least thats what it looks like on Brian’s website:

    Wish I could find another new set somewhere. Love those things…

  67. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 8:19 am

    I added Speed Superlight catalog page to blog post above. It’s the lighter binding that has full release and tours, good for racing, presumably lasts better than the full-on race binding. Lou

  68. Max January 15th, 2014 9:52 am


    I have skied on the Beast for 10 days now, Swiss alps, Silverton and Snowbird. to give you a bit of background what I use it for: I am using Marker Jesters for the past years and any switch to technical bindings was regretted quickly and I switched back. I ski basically only slackcountry and backcountry, dropping 30-45 cliffs (while doing back-flips and that kind of stuff). I would say I am far from being very good, but my style of skiing still requires a super solid binding with elasticity in the toe piece. For the past two years I partly skied on Dukes, it was the only binding with a walk mode that t felt kind of ok dropping large cliffs, but it is way too heavy and the stand is way too high. Also, although it looks solid, the whole construction feels rickety. So I was very skeptical about the Beast first but I gave it a try. I couldn’t have been more surprised. the beast does not just ski like an alpine binding, it skis better! It’s absolutely amazing the way it skis and you can definitely tell there is elasticity in the toe piece, better so than in an alpine binding, which, let’s be frank, is an antiquated piece of technology as well. In the 10 days I never even remotely felt I had to hold back because of the bindings. It’s very forgiving. Now I understand that for the touring enthusiast, this binding seems to be odd and has no place. Much heavier, clumsy to get in an out and admittedly totally overpriced for too much plastic, but for people like me, this is the answer. I am no engineer and I can’t say how it works, but it works. Now they only have to make a narrow boot with the same qualities.

  69. Cam January 15th, 2014 12:18 pm

    Hi Lou,
    The new Beast 14 toe looks very different from Beast 16 and closer to the Radical 2.0. Was the whole rotational mechanism redesigned and is the toe piece different on the Radical 2.0 vs Beast 14?

  70. Josh A January 15th, 2014 1:00 pm

    Too many Josh’s… not sure who’s saying what, but the low tech radical is the current version of the low tech lite, if you will…
    which is not even imported to the US. Unfortunately, the Expedition binding does not have a flat on ski mode, letalone a rotating heel, ala low tech lite. (If lou is correct…) This makes the expedition much less desirable. Lou, can you ask them if they will continue to make the low tech radical, and if so, maybe slap some more sense into them and get them to sell it over here?

    Thanks for all the info!!!!

  71. louis dawson January 15th, 2014 1:41 pm

    Just order it from Telemark P., I’m sick of fooling around worrying about what is imported and what is not.

  72. Skian January 15th, 2014 1:48 pm

    Buy local USA if you live here or don’t buy it at all. IMO

  73. LC January 15th, 2014 4:03 pm

    Even though the “low tech radical” is not distributed in the US, carries radical toes (you can buy individually for $90) and race heels (you can buy individually for $110). $400 gets you a pair of low tech radicals.

  74. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 4:33 pm

    That just shows how lame the whole system is… though good on them for giving a workaround.

  75. harpo January 15th, 2014 8:05 pm

    Completely off topic question, but I need the answer soon and I figure this is the place to get it.

    Do Dyna Comfort Toes use the same mounting scerws as Dyna Vertical ST toes? My recollection is yes?

  76. Bar Barrique January 15th, 2014 8:37 pm

    “That just shows how lame the whole system is…”
    Actually, I think that things are pretty good in the internet age, even if the NSA is tracking your every move.
    My wife needed a pair of hiking boots (small size wide) that were only available from a Euro company. They had a NA distributor, but, it would have taken months for them to bring in the boots (they didn’t stock this particular model), plus the factory didn’t have any in stock.
    I found a pair in Britain, and, they arrived within 2 weeks.
    I like the local folks quite a lot, and, use them when I can, but as a long time
    BC skier; I’m used to fending for myself.

  77. Lee Lau January 15th, 2014 8:44 pm

    harpo – correct

  78. Skian January 15th, 2014 9:16 pm

    +1 on, they seems to have stuff together, they live it and know what to buy for the consumer. New company, dedicated to skimo. give them a try.

  79. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 10:27 pm

    Bar, I agree that the worldwide shopping system is getting pretty good, sometimes already amazing. The “system” I refer to is the importing and distribution network that decides what to import, and the prices. Yes, I know they are just people like us trying to make a living, but with the way everything is going global they sometimes seem like a throwback. Lou

  80. Thomas January 16th, 2014 1:03 am

    So… Have they “fixed” the Speed Superlite now? IOW allowing a flat mode. This binding isn’t (primarily) targeted at racers. Even with TLT boots or other huge ROM boots I very much dislike the high heels.

    I agree – this could be the perfect touring binding but as long as it has no flat mode the ATK RT will own the superlight/adjustable market IMO.

  81. Paul January 16th, 2014 8:55 am

    Thomas, IOW? ROM boots? Instead of the ATK RT consider the SL-R: lighter, simpler. I am testing it at the moment. My first impression after 3 days of touring on it is pretty good. So far nothing to complain about. Mounting these without the adjustment plate has to be done with care, though.

  82. Beenjammin January 16th, 2014 12:12 pm

    Any info about tech changes / shell colors to the DyNA / PDG boot for next season?

  83. HW January 16th, 2014 2:22 pm

    Question was asked above, but any news on where the Radical boot fits relative to Vulcan and Mercury? I thought Vulcan was already their lightweight too-stiff-for-most freeride boot, and now they come with a four buckle overlap boot, similar to the Titans that were dropped a year ago. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  84. Lou Dawson January 16th, 2014 2:51 pm

    HW, Radial has the non DIN sole toe, huge difference! I think they saw the writing on the wall in that the world of freeride and touring is going to be taken over by tech bindings… Lou

  85. Skian January 16th, 2014 2:58 pm

    Radical to my eye’s is an older Zero4 last. IMO the best mountaineering boot they ever made. It has a new buckle closure up top and also has a new much better liner again IMO, just in a quick touch. Prior to the success of the TLT5 series boots, this was a great boot for true mountaineering as it had bigger volume for standing at cold belays. Once the tlt5 came out it lost volume. Now that people realize the tlt5 is a specialized speed boot, this is what most people should be looking at for general touring and backcountry skiing. It is also not an overlap but a tongue construction. Way better for walking but not as solid for skiing flex. Don’t think bomber, just think better boot that before because of added features IE no velcro, but a cool new strap, and a much better liner that the previous Palau. All and all an updated great old design.

  86. Lenka K. January 16th, 2014 3:52 pm

    Glad to see the Zzero4 design come back. My second pair of Zzeros will be worn out soon and Ones or TLTs simply didn’t work for me, neither from the fit, nor from the skiability point of view. Will the Radical be similar weight to the Zzero4, ie. around 3kg/pair?

    Lenka K.

  87. Lou Dawson January 16th, 2014 11:17 pm

    Skian nails it. Also, don’t forget the trimmed toe.

  88. Thomas January 17th, 2014 1:49 am

    @Paul: Sorry for spewing acronyms :) IOW=”In Other Words”, ROM=”Range Of Motion”

    I agree BTW that the ATK WC SL(-R) is a quite interesting binding as well as the Plum 135/145 in the light, simple and no fuss category. Do you want/need to adjust RV (Release Value) then the RT and possibly the Superlite has a niche.

    Lou: Any news on the Superlite now having a flat mode?

  89. Pablo January 17th, 2014 7:50 am

    But all that you said…aren’t they the features of the One-Mercury-Vulcan Range?

    As far i can see, the Radical boot has something similar to the rear tlt5′s spoiler instead the Zzero’s metal bar. maybe this could improve walkability in some way.

    I also like the strap, but I don’t understand why this boot, and why now after they design the One-Vulcan…

  90. Skian January 17th, 2014 8:25 am

    @Pablo et all, IMO boots are first and foremost described by their last, all other features and enhancements aid in its performance. I am sure Lou and crew will give you guys a very detailed review after they have time on the boot on snow.

    This is what I feel Dynafit should’ve done with the ZZero instead of shelving it during the intro of the Tlt5. Our lust for new sometimes affects brand direction, once the dust settles, only then can we realize the beauty of what we already had in front of us.. The one, mercury Vulcan range are a different last’s more built around the success of the tlt.

    This boot will be an editors choice IMO, as here in NA I am sure now that we have a more mature (as in market) backcountry market, now that can appreciate performance over weight. Dare I say this on Lou’s blog. Light is right but late is great. It is the entire package, ski, boot, binding and individual which defines weight efficiency in a backcountry package, not one individual unit in the mix.

    I look forward to having this mold back on the shelf. Go into your local Dynafit shop and let them know, you would like to see this ICONIC mold back on the top shelf where it belongs.

    Discaimer: I do not work for Dynafit anymore, nor do I recieve any compensation in the form of money or product that I do not buy with my own hard earned cash, but spent 15 years working with this brand in sales on and off prior to my current focus. I also spent several years at Scarpa (another incredible family) and also worked with Morlean family who built Garmont in the beginning and in the end before Scott. All and all 20 years in this category.

    This site and it’s staff and family have dedicated their life to bringing you the newest and best into NA. I am not here to hijack this thread, but when I see something amazing, the gift of the gab get’s me every time. Thanks Lou et all!

    “get outside have some fun and enjoy the backcountry”

    off to Austria, c-ya

  91. Daniel January 17th, 2014 9:40 am

    great to know the ZZero mold is alive. Am I the only one who gets pinched into the achilles badly by the upper edge of the ONE/Vulcan mold lower shell heel cup? Stashed an extra pair of Zzeros for that reason.

  92. Mark January 17th, 2014 5:20 pm

    Still waiting for a Dynafit boot with a factory beast heel fitting. Seems silly to be introducing new bindings on the beast platform yet require users/shops to mod their boots (if they can) to accept the fitting.

  93. Greg Louie January 17th, 2014 7:17 pm

    @Mark: The heel fitting is not difficult to install (major problem is almost no one has a #2 Pozidrive), and adding it presents some other issues when using non-Beast tech bindings (gap). IMO the installation should be on a case-by-case basis.

  94. louis dawson January 18th, 2014 12:44 am

    Latest fittings are better shaped, corners rounded off, I recommend for any agressive skier but Greg is right, check function with care.

  95. Ben January 18th, 2014 5:10 am

    Here in Europe PZ2 is the ubiquitous driver size for woodscrews etc so it would make sense to Dynafit.

  96. Ryan January 18th, 2014 5:18 am


    Has any info been published yet on mounting patterns for Radical 2.0 (relative to current Radical) and beast 14 (relative to previous beast or current radical)?


  97. louis dawson January 18th, 2014 9:21 am

    About 99% sure Rad & Rad 2.0 share mount pattern. More soon about Beast. Lou

  98. Robb January 20th, 2014 1:19 am

    Where’s the article about the 2015 scarpa lineup?! Just read about the f1 evo in a generic press release! Give us the beta on the auto walk/ski tronic mechanism!!

  99. louis dawson January 20th, 2014 4:51 am

    Having lunch in Asolo at the moment, which is delaying the Scarpa post. Sorry, but tortelini is a prority.

  100. Daniel January 24th, 2014 9:05 am

    Quick one,

    Does anbody know the Delta of the Speed Turn Bindung? Steep like radical or more like the original TLT Speed?

  101. Lou Dawson January 24th, 2014 9:11 am

    Daniel, I am your human search engine (grin). I typed “binding delta ramp” in our site search box, and look what came up! See the spreadsheet at top of post. Lou

  102. Daniel January 24th, 2014 9:40 am

    Hi Lou
    I know this spreadsheet, but Speed Turn is not in there…any idea?

  103. louis dawson January 24th, 2014 10:01 am

    Sorry about that, my mistake! No data yet, heading to ISPO then back at HQ soon where I can work on measuring stuff!

  104. Andy Hansen February 5th, 2014 7:56 pm

    Lou, Can you speculate on how the Dynafit Denali ski will compare with the Movement Shift for performance in the backcountry? My main interest is in a ski that is moderately light going up but especially is forgiving on the way down in variety of conditions we encounter in the BC. Thanks. Andy

  105. Lou Dawson February 5th, 2014 9:23 pm


  106. Laila P. Hoivik February 16th, 2014 11:39 am

    Please pardon me for putting this question in a pretty irrelevant place, but I’ve coudn’t find a better one.

    Question: has anyone made a backpack which allows you to grab, and preferable stow, your Dynafit ski crampons without taking the pack off or dislocating a shoulder?

    I would love to have for example a broad elastic band at the very base of each side of my backpack, to shove the crampons through. Maybe with a small not-too-stretchy pocket attached, to be absolutely sure the bottom half stays put.

    If you have seen this anywhere, I would love to know. My sewing skills aren’t quite up to modding my current backpack. A loop to clip them to is easy but isn’t good enough, as the clanging and flopping around is just too annoying.


  107. Skian February 16th, 2014 11:56 am

    Dynafit Broad Peak pack. Best pack ever for what you discribe. I don’t work for the brand anymore, but that pack is still in my quiver.

  108. Trent February 16th, 2014 12:19 pm

    Laila, Dynafit Cho Oyu has the same velcro, side pocket. I think all the Dynafit packs do. I have found the closure to be very dependable although a number of commenters had trouble with it.

  109. Erik Erikson February 16th, 2014 1:14 pm

    Laila, I personally don´t know the Dynafit packs, but I think they look great.
    If you want your current or another pack be modified though but can´t do that yourself: I´d recommend a shoemaker rather than a taylor for that. My favourite pack for summer alpinism does not have the kind of compression straps I like, so I let a shoemaker sew on suchlike. A taylor normally doesnt have the right equippment for such kind of work. It´s quite cheap and you have exactly the pack you want.

  110. Mark Worley March 9th, 2014 3:02 pm

    Skis look especially promising, but I do wish they incorporated lighter color schemes.

  111. Martyn Lowden March 16th, 2014 2:39 am

    This is an amazingly useful and detailed blogg-well done!
    I am seeking advice to replace my 4buckle Aero FR boots with Palau liner that I got custom fit in Chamonix when I did the Haute Route. They are wearing out but am overwhelmed by the choice in the Dynafit range.
    I ski away from the piste as much as possible- I am a good skier( I could get down Corbett’s but you probably would get me in there!), and need a boot that gives good control on the down, but will do more touring in the future looking at more hut to hut tours in Europe and Volcano tours in Chile.
    Do I go Zzero or TLT 6 or Vulcan or Radical?

  112. Daniel Rufibach March 30th, 2014 9:00 am

    what about the stiffness of the Radical Boot? Will it be as stiff as the Vulcan? Will the Vulcan stay the same as this year?


  113. Pablo March 31st, 2014 3:06 am

    No Daniel,
    The Radical Boot it’s a soft boot. Very, very similar to Zzero4 PU.

    It’s something like a Zzero4 with improved cuff rotation for better walkability and a much better strap.

    Vulcan stay the same,

  114. Lou Dawson March 31st, 2014 7:11 am

    Pablo, thanks, indeed the Radical appears to be simply a boot to appeal to skiers who want to see 4 buckles, but with the added advantage of the Dynafit “Driving Spoiler” cuff system that walks so nicely. It’s most certainly not a Vulcan, though it’s probably plenty stiff for most skiers. Lou

  115. Matt N April 2nd, 2014 3:55 pm

    Question for Lou (or anyone else in the know) on the new Radical 2.0 FT:
    Has Dynafit done away with the unnecessary connector plate between heel and toe on the 2.0 FT binding?
    If so, does this mean that the weight gap between the new 2.0 ST and the 2.0 FT will just come down to the weight of a beefier spring?
    Do you have a claimed weight for the new FT version?
    How about MSRP for North America? Around the $600 of the current binding?

    I’d also be curious about the MSRP of the new Beast 14. Around $800 to split the difference between the FT and Beast 16?

  116. Matt N April 4th, 2014 10:56 am

    Just spoke w/ Salewa USA, so I’ll answer my own questions for posterity:
    Is connector plate gone on Radical 2.0 FT? YES
    Weight gap between Radical 2.0 ST and FT: 40g
    Weight for Radical 2.0 FT per set: 634g
    MSRP for 2.0 FT: $550 ($50 less than old FT!)
    Projected availability: December 2014 – Jan 2015

    Was hoping to have a set for mounting next fall, but I’m going to wait this one out: I like the looks of that new heel.

  117. Lou Dawson April 4th, 2014 6:09 pm

    Nice job Matt, appreciate the help. Lou

  118. Mark April 21st, 2014 11:48 am

    Does anyone know if all TLT 6 P’s will be the black/gold colour?

  119. Lou Dawson April 21st, 2014 1:40 pm

    The pictured “golden” boot, as it says in the caption, is a commemorative model. So yes, the boot will still be available in the green color as it was this past season. Lou

  120. Andre April 22nd, 2014 1:05 pm

    Lou I noticed the new Radical Boot and wonder how the last compares to the One PX-TF/Mercury TF/Vulcan TF. I skied the One PX-TF this season as it is the very first Dynafit last to fit my foot (similar to yours with high arc, high instep, wide forefoot and narrow heel) though I did find the boot too soft for my liking on the descent; however, it worked beautifully for the ups. Should I consider the Vulcan TF with the Radical strap for this season of might the Radical be the solution? Your thoughts Lou?

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