Dostinator, Future of Backcountry Skiing Telemark Bindings?

Post by blogger | September 24, 2006      

I saw the Dostinator yesterday. Craig Dostie’s (publisher of Couloir Magazine) evolutionary telemark binding design is effective, and stunning in simplicity. Based on a foundation plate not unlike most randonnee grabbers, it provides a fully free touring pivot (no block part way through a full stride), full release in both touring and ski modes, as well as incredibly simple conversion to a latched heel AT binding. More, it doesn’t require a change in boot shape standards. I can’t say much more about it nor publish photos, but this is a demonstrable in-the-flesh “full circle” ski binding that takes us from the dark ages of telemark bindings to modern functionality. About the only downside I could see is a slight weight penalty, but with modern design and materials science that could easily be mitigated.

And it’s not a pipe dream. Craig and associates are skiing on the things.

What truly struck me when I looked at the Dostinator was how elegant and simple it is compared to attempts at “modernizing” the telemark binding such as the NTN. More, to have full safety release as well as a touring pivot? And convert to an AT binding if you want? Wow!

There is a movie floating around, “Who Killed the Electric Car,” which explores the host of reasons why we’re still pumping gasoline into our tanks instead of something possibly better (depending on where electricity comes from and how it’s made). Dostie’s binding looks good, but no one in the tele binding business appears to be interested. I’m getting the distinct feeling we might be seeing a movie someday titled “Who killed the full release free pivot rando-convertible tele binding?”

At least I have photos.


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6 Responses to “Dostinator, Future of Backcountry Skiing Telemark Bindings?”

  1. Mark Worley September 24th, 2006 6:37 pm

    If you spend a bit of time talking with Craig, you’ll see that he is scientific in the way he thinks and an engineer by training. Would be good if he could pull off the binding and get backing so he can market it. By the way, regarding electric cars, Commuter Cars makes a little electric car that is pretty cool. It handles really well, and is actually ridiculously fast. Don’t believe it? Google Commuter Cars and you’ll see.

  2. John Buri September 25th, 2006 6:47 am

    Where can I get a few prototype models? I love to ski, tele and fixed heel, and to be able to do both in the same binder would be truly liberating. I assume a tele boot such as the Scarpa T2 is used and not an AT boot. Let me know!

  3. Terry Ackerman September 25th, 2006 8:38 am

    Good on ya Dostie! I’d love to test drive a pair as well. I can’t believe there is not a market for a binding that allows both tele and alpine turns, along with release and free pivot touring. For me, this is the ultimate, versus having an AT rig/quiver and a Tele rig//quiver. Not having to decide on gear for a tele versus an AT day is a great option. FWLIW, I’ve been skiing a few years with tele boots and Silvrettas, preferring the tele boot hinge while alpine skiing and hiking and was very pleased skiing about anything with T2x’s last season.

  4. steve romeo September 25th, 2006 1:08 pm

    How much for the photo’s? (grin)

  5. Greydon Clark September 25th, 2006 4:17 pm

    Lou’s story of breaking his leg in ’77 is yet another reminder to why we (telemark skiers) need releasable bindings. I’m really interested in seeing this new design.

  6. kfarrar February 6th, 2007 10:10 am

    As a support of Couloir I would love to see Craig make it with this binding. Couloir is a great source for Telemark and AT skiers. Having stumbled on the forum more than six years ago, it was posters here that led me to buy my first AT setup and experience the BC for the first time.

    After skiing BC for awhile, I am now more anxious than ever to learn to telemark. After getting really frustrated my first day out on Superloops, I really came to appreciate the ease of my Titanal II AT Bindings. I love to have that same easy and safety reliability in a Telebinding.

    Craig, Can you tell us what boots your binding will work with. Duckbill require, yes or no? It there any way some of Eastern skiers can get ahold of a prototype.


    Kevin Farrar

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