Silvretta Pure Backcountry Skiing Bindings


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 24, 2006      

As I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts (find them with the search box in right sidebar), we’ve been messing around with all three models of Silvretta Pure bindings. Many of you know I’m a huge Dynafit fan and no doubt biased, but bias aside I can honestly say that the Pure is a viable alternative for a lightweight setup. Though it’s heavier than Dynafit, it does allow easy step-in step-out and has a nice ergonomic stride. Rather than get into extensive details here, I’ve published a Silvretta FAQ which I’ll add items to now and then. Toward the end of our testing season, I’ll do a blog/review of the Pure.

Lots of interesting fallout from my shovel opinions in yesterday’s post. One guy took me to task for a typo, but the article by Mitch Weber I was commenting on also had at least one typo. Does that mean everything both Mitch and I have written about shovels is invalid? Of course not, but it does mean we might have similar resources when it comes to proof reading (grin). Interesting the stuff people come up with when they don’t like what you write… Though I disagree with Mitch’s overall opinion, I thank him for bringing up an interesting subject that’s fun to blog about and a useful discussion for increasing our safety in the backcountry.

Speaking of typos and writing style, this blog is indeed a BLOG, meaning it’s frequently written quickly in the heat of an opinionated moment. I make every effort to write with a modicum of clarity and to avoid spelling errors, but the nature of blogging is such that mistakes will happen. When they do, I take full responsibility and apologize for any lack of clarity my blunders may cause. And speaking of spelling, please bear in mind that I intentionally spell randonnee in different ways so the search engines can index this website for spelling variations of the rando randonne words.

I’m headed up to Jackson, Wyoming this morning — home of the plastic avalanche shovel. Look for the “Jackson Chronicles” coming soon to a blog near you. Don’t know which shovel I’ll bring to the “Chamonix of North America” (alu or plastic), perhaps both?



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3 Responses to “Silvretta Pure Backcountry Skiing Bindings”

  1. Sean March 24th, 2006 10:51 am

    Re:typo

    It must be very gratifying to know that your adoring fans are hanging on your every word.

  2. Clyde March 24th, 2006 11:17 am

    One other selling point for the Pure is a reliable ski brake, something Dynafit has yet to figure out. This is significant because I don’t use leashes in avy country and I don’t like skis that take off on their own. The TLT Vertical may finally solve that but then the weight savings will be even less. Please include brakes, leash, and crampon weights in your reviews — binding only is misleading.

    With the MAJOR price increase for all Dynafit next season, the Pure Performance is going to be a lot more popular. Not sure why the Silvretta Freeride even exists since the testosterone boys will go for the mega binders. The X-mountain isn’t cheap enough to make it a real consideration for consumers but should be good for rental fleets.

  3. Andrew March 25th, 2006 10:15 am

    Hey Lou,

    Glad to see you’re posting info on the Pure. I’ve been interested in these bindings for a while now. Especially curious if the Pure provides a solid boot/binding/ski interface. Could you comment on that when you do get a full review up?

    I understand Fritschi is revising their desing to address the inherent sloppiness of the Express/Explore/Freeride series at the toe.

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