Beast 16 Binding – Changes for Retail Ver – Beast Week Part 6


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 30, 2013      

Hot off the press, here are most changes slated for retail version of Beast 16 vs the beta test version we played with last winter. While we do have some photos we’ll keep this as text for now, pending verified images of the actual retail binding. As far as we can tell, at first glance the retail version looks essentially the same as the binding we’ve pictured here at WildSnow.

First off, the Dynafit engineers redesigned most binding parts with tighter tolerances. Result, less play. This will be most noticeable in the heel track, which did have some play on the beta-proto (we’d indeed been told this would be eliminated, so we felt no need to dwell on it).

List of the most important changes (others were made as well):

Front unit:
– Slightly changed with more free space to accommodate various brands/model boots.
– Black plastic “touring lock” lever will click-lock into touring mode, to prevent inadvertant return to ski mode due to it flipping up from things like snow pressing against it. The lever will also act as an opening trigger for the binding.
– Spring force at the toe wings is increased so it closes more reliably on your boot toe fittings.
– Base plate will have an added feature (small flanges) to help guide your boot toe while stepping in.

Rear unit, Beast 16:
– Stronger, more positive brake retraction when pressing down the first (lower) heel lifter for touring mode.
– High lifter snaps more strongly into position.
– Lengthened vertical release elasticity (boot heel can move higher before triggering release).
– Forward pressure spring (located under the rear base plate) is beefed for reliable step-in.
– Redesigned base plate for reliable brake locking when switching to tour mode.

Big one to watch here will be durability of the Beast heel base slider track. Reason being that without a “tech gap” the heel unit will be constantly moving for/aft while in use. This system will have to be sufficiently wear resistant or it will develop play.

In our view, weakest part of Beast is the heel track. Preventing undue wear in this constantly moving part will be difficult.

In our view, weakest part of Beast is the heel track. Shown here, arrows indicate how the upper parts slides for/aft in virtually constant motion while you ski, to accomodate ski flex and absorb force. Preventing undue wear in this mechanism will be difficult, but we have faith Dynafit can rise to the challenge.

Underside of heel unit, showing flanges that wrap under track, and spring that controls for/aft movement of upper unit as your ski flexes.

Underside of heel unit, showing flanges that wrap under track, and spring that controls for/aft movement of upper unit as your ski flexes. We'll not be surprised if something like this is incorporated into other tech bindings, as we've been told it's a key point for certification to ISO standards.

Beast will begin retail sales around October 1, 2013.

See all our Dynafit Beast 16 posts and reviews.



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4 Responses to “Beast 16 Binding – Changes for Retail Ver – Beast Week Part 6”

  1. Jack August 30th, 2013 1:40 pm

    Wow. This binding seems like a major (dare I say Tech 2.0) effort. Congrats to Dynafit for having the chutzpah to drive the market like this.

  2. Lou Dawson August 30th, 2013 2:25 pm

    More like tech 1.5 since it uses the same boot toe interface… but I do think it’s having an influence. Versions of the rear boot fitting could be on all boots, for example. The influence we don’t want to see is for all tech bindings to become heavier just to look good on the store shelves and get TUV certification. There is a place for all different types of bindings. Lou

  3. Jay September 1st, 2013 9:03 pm

    Quite the intial review. What a binder. Glad for it’s development but will stick with the old ones. Been doing well for BC and Area skiing for years. So small too!

  4. Lou Dawson September 2nd, 2013 9:02 am

    Jay, quite a few people feel the way you do about using the smaller lighter tech binding versions. But a certain type of user may be very happy with Beast. Consumer testing shall commence. Hopefully (and evidently) Dynafit did their homework and initial retail release of Beast will be relatively problem free. The facts that it is significantly lighter than some of the other beef bindings, tours without twisting, and has less lifted weight per step due to it being frameless — excellent stuff. Add elasticity and safety release, and well, could be a quiver of one for many hard charging skiers.

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