Finally, someone decided not to mess around any more with lightweight AT bindings, and make a randonnee backcountry skiing binding for huksters. The new Naxo NX-21 is a beefed out version of the regular Naxo. It cranks up to DIN 13, has beefed rails so it’s less sloppy, a strong cocking lever, and much more. The coolest feature in my view is an extra downhill skiing lock that insures the binding will NEVER inadvertently switch into tour mode, (otherwise known as “insta-tele”), while downhill skiing.
Retail for the NX 21 will be around $475.00, with the regular Naxo going for around $400.00. The guys at BCA (importers of Naxo) mentioned that because of exchange rate ALL rando bindings are going to get pricy. If you’ve got the coin, consider buying backcountry skiing bindings now instead of later.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain. For more about Lou, please see his personal website at https://www.loudawson.com/ (Blogger stats: 5 foot 10 inches (178 cm) tall, 160 lbs (72574.8 grams).