Dynafit Skiing Bindings – Info Index

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Dynafit Tourlite Tech (TLT), Comfort, Vertical ST & FT Radical, randonnee “AT” Ski Bindings

Dynafit Radical ST backcountry skiing binding.

Dynafit Radical ST backcountry skiing binding, this model first introduced for 2011-2012 season. Main changes over previous are an entirely redesigned heel lift system, as well as metal 'power towers' in the toe that may help with binding entry and possibly help prevent inadvertent release in downhill mode. Sister model to this binding is the TLT Radical FT, only difference being a connector plate between toe and heel, and the ability to set higher release values (12 instead of 10)

Dynafit TLT model of backcountry skiing binding.

Dynafit TLT model of backcountry skiing binding. This model began sales in the early 1990s (the version pictured) and was still in production through 2011, called TLT Speed. The binding has been available in numerous color schemes over the years, all offerings have been nearly identical in mechanical parts. Ski brakes were formerly available for the TLT but are no longer manufactured.

(While our Dynafit backcountry skiing binding information is far superior to anything else in the world, or for that matter the universe, in the unlikely event the links below don’t help you please contact Salewa North America, 303-444-0446, email custsv using the dynafit.us domain )

Main Dynafit Bindings FAQ (check this first)

How to Use Dynafit Bindings – Video

How do safety release adjustments on most Dynafit bindings and many other tech type bindings.

Click-Clack retrofit Dynafit heel lifter – review

Dynafit Tri-Step Bindings FAQ

Dynafit Binding Mounting Instructions & Template Jig

How to install and remove Dynafit ski binding brakes

How to break down and assemble the heel unit — technical.

Randonnee Backcountry Skiing Bindings Torque Test

Retrofit Dynafit Binding fittings in your ski boots? — homebrew mod

Garage built "ejector" device for changing Dynafit mode

Museum Display — Original 1993 Dynafit Tourlite Tech

Blog post and comments about Dynafit rando binding durability

Dynafit backcountry skiing binding heel spacing tips and tricks

Lubrication of Dynafit backcountry skiing binding.

Blockage of Dynafit binding screw inserts, how to fix.

Installation of OEM Dynafit Anti Twist Anti Rotation device for Radical series bindings.

Another view of Dynafit and tech binding history.

What is the Dynafit binding?
Dynafit is a backcountry skiing binding that allows you to ski downhill with your boot attached to your ski the same way a regular alpine ski binding functions, yet transforms into a touring/climbing binding for skiing uphill or across level ground with your heels free to move up and down. The binding is available in numerous models. The TLT Speed (Tour Lite Tech) has been available for several decades. We have used the TLT extensively and highly recommend it as well as the Dynafit Comfort, ST and FT model offerings, as well as the TLT Radical FT and TLT Radical ST. Note that this TYPE of backcountry skiing binding is commonly called a “tech” binding. “Dynafit” is a brand.

Below, Dynafit models generally available for 2014/2015 season:

– TLT Radical FT (new in 2011, redesigned heel lift & more, heel elasticity added for winter 2014.)

– TLT Radical ST (new in 2011, redesigned heel lift & more)

– TLT Vertical FT (introduced for 2006/2007, still viable, buy with wide brakes and Power Blocks for what’s perhaps the best Dynafit binding ever made. Manufacturing is discontinued.)

– TLT Vertical ST (introduced for 2007/2008, still viable. Manufacturing is discontinued.)

– TLT Radical ST Baltoro (orange plastic otherwise same as Radical ST.)

– TLT Speed (Classic introduced in early 1990s, see photo above)

– TLT Speed Radical (New version of Speed, another sweet spot in the line, no brakes.)

– TLT Speed Superlight (racing & lightweight tour, one adjustment for release values.)

– Low Tech Radical (combines lighter heel unit with TLT Radical toe)

– Beast 16 (Heavy duty “freeride” binding with additional elasticity.)

– Low Tech Race (same heel as Low Tech Radical, special race toe, very light at around 115 grams. Original versions lock into touring mode when you step in, later versions may not per new racing regulations.)

Dynafit non race bindings 2015-2016.

Dynafit non race bindings 2015-2016 from Dynafit catalog. Click to enlarge.

(Please note: A discontinued Dynafit version known as the Tri-Step is available on the used market and is similar to the TLT and Comfort (it uses a Comfort heel and slightly modified TLT toe). We do not recommend the Tri-Step.)

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