Volkl BMT Mounting Pattern – Strong Enough?

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Please see our original Volkl BMT review.

It was strange to see a ski built that only specified one binding model. I can’t mount a tech binding on what appears to be a powerful ski? Is that a ripping sound I hear in the fabric of the universe, or my binding pulling out of the ski? Actually, in our opinion the warning printed on our Volkl BMT 106 testers is probably over-stated. Reason, the ski has does have an “H” pattern reinforced area for bindings mounts. The 10,000 vertical foot question, can you mount a Dynafit binding (or most other tech bindings) on these planks? In our opinion, yes, but with a few caveats. Check it out.

Behold the major caveat underneath the Marker F12.

Behold the major caveat underneath the Marker F12.

The famous 'H' template should explain everything, or does it?

The famous 'H' template should explain everything, or does it?

What you might want to do with these excellent skis if you really want to rack up some vert.

What you might want to do with these excellent skis if you really want to rack up some vert.

The Dynafit Radical heel unit screws fall easily in the reinforced 'H' pattern, but the toe screws have a slight overlap.

The Dynafit Radical heel unit screws fall easily in the reinforced 'H' pattern, but the toe screws have a slight overlap. In my opinion, they'd be plenty strong for an average sized to smaller skier, on a plank shorter than our 186 centimeter test skis. If you're big, on long skis, I'd say no. All is not lost, however, as you could still mount a tech binding with a wider base, such as a Plum or ATK with their wide-pattern toe plates.

G3 Ion (available fall of 2014) mount pattern falls easily within reinforced area, toe unit pictured here.

G3 Ion (available fall of 2014) toe and heel mount pattern falls easily within reinforced area, toe unit pictured here.


16 Responses to “Volkl BMT Mounting Pattern – Strong Enough?”

  1. John April 11th, 2014 8:12 am

    I’m not sure the exact measurements but you likely could use a Binding Freedom swap plate on the toe both as a shim and a slightly wider mounting pattern. I haven’t done any of the measurements though

  2. Mike April 11th, 2014 11:09 am

    Maybe B&D Ski Gear will make a mounting plate to solve this problem.

  3. cam April 11th, 2014 2:13 pm

    ION mount should fit this perfectly.

  4. Lou Dawson April 11th, 2014 3:55 pm

    Cam, agreed. I was considering and suggesting bindings that are on the market but probably should have mentioned ION, of which we do indeed have mount pattern and will be available this coming fall.



  5. John Gloor April 12th, 2014 10:36 am

    I wonder how proprietary mounting systems like this absurd reinforcement work for the ski maker? Many people might go the Marker route, but others might skip that ski since they have a good pair of Look or Salomon bindings to mount. Any why you cut it, those slender points to mount to cannot be as strong as a simple rectangle of support material which would accommodate any binding

  6. Poach Ninja April 13th, 2014 9:26 am

    You can mount ANY binding that you want on that ski.
    Just use BF or QK inserts. They will hold securely in a balsa-wood core without any mounting plate!

  7. John S April 13th, 2014 2:03 pm

    Why on earth would a ski maker sell a ski that excludes bindings? I see even Dynafit has given up on that.

  8. Lou Dawson April 13th, 2014 5:22 pm

    I’m just guessing, but perhaps weight savings gone weird?

  9. Lou Dawson April 13th, 2014 6:08 pm

    Added photo of how a wider hole pattern such as that of G3 Ion does line up with the reinforced area. See end of post. Lou

  10. John Gloor April 13th, 2014 10:17 pm

    Weight savings gone weird is right! Solid sheet under the arch of one’s foot, where no screws are, and skinny, whippy little stringers where the bindings mount.

  11. carlos April 14th, 2014 4:55 am

    does the G3 ion heel unit also fell in the H?

  12. Lou Dawson April 14th, 2014 6:35 am

    Carlos, yes, as I said in the photo caption “G3 ION mount pattern falls easily within…” I’ll edit and clarify that means toe and heel. Lou

  13. brian h April 14th, 2014 7:26 am

    Great crazy winter, snowman. The storms keep coming. Down here in the the Juans it just wasn’t the same. Enjoy your new foot of fresh all you lucky…luckies.

  14. See April 14th, 2014 9:41 pm

    I’d say the “famous ‘H’ template” by itself explains next to nothing regarding the actual construction of the ski. Is it the core that’s “reinforced?” The deck? Both? Neither (because it is really just a marketing ploy to favor Marker bindings)? Without some information regarding the actual construction of the ski, it seems to me that any discussion of what bindings will or will not work is mostly speculation.

    I did a quick search to try and make sense of the ‘H’ template and came up with nothing. Some one out there must have a trashed v-works ski and a chop saw.

  15. Con Hughway April 17th, 2014 2:46 am
  16. See April 17th, 2014 8:47 am

    Thanks for the lead. Still can’t tell for sure what’s going on with the mounting area, but pretty interesting nonetheless. Check out 0:54.


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