BIND­INGS

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Salomon Prolink Car­bon

Salomon pro­duces nine ver­sions of the Prolink bind­ing. Prolink Car­bon is the top of the line, with two skat­ing ver­sions and two Clas­sic ver­sions. The SK and CL (skate and Clas­sic) have a re­duced sole plate to put the boot sole right on the skis' top sur­face. The SK2 and CL2 pro­vide a slightly wider sole plate. Ei­ther way, this a very light weight and low-to-the-ski bind­ing that pro­vides ex­cep­tional snow feel. This is par­tic­u­larly help­ful in Clas­sic ski­ing. The latch­ing sys­tem is sim­ple and straight­for­ward, and the dual-ridge sole plate pre­vents side-to-side boot mo­tion. The SRP is $70 [US] / $109 [CDN].

Tur­namic Con­trol Step-in

Tur­namic is a new bind­ing sys­tem in­tro­duced by Fis­cher and Ros­sig­nol that is based on the NNN plat­form and ac­cepts all NNN and Prolink boots. Flex­i­bil­ity and ease of use are high­lights of the new sys­tem, and the Con­trol Step-in model for recre­ational skiers fea­tures a sim­ple step-in process; then to re­move the boot, sim­ply turn the lever right or left. The bind­ing slides on an In­te­grated Fix­a­tion Plate (IFP) that is fit­ted onto the skis. Move it for­ward for more grip and eas­ier turn­ing, or back for more glide. This two-part plate re­places the pre­vi­ous sin­gle NIS sys­tem on the NNN plat­form. To al­low for bet­ter ski flex, the bind­ing is only fixed to one part of the plate, and an in­te­grated lever means it can be moved fore and aft with­out tools. Tur­namic is also avail­able in race and kid's ver­sions. For an easy, flex­i­ble and at­trac­tive recre­ational bind­ing, the Tur­namic Con­trol Step-in is hard to beat. The SRP is $70 [US] / $85 [CDN].

Rot­te­fella NNN BC Mag­num

This is the beefi­est sin­gle-bar bind­ing on the mar­ket. It fea­tures a wide 67mm con­toured steer­ing plate that in­creases the con­tact area be­tween boot sole, bind­ing and ski. Com­bine that with two large ridges that fit into cor­re­spond­ing grooves in the boot sole and you have tons of turn­ing power. The man­ual lever closes two long-last­ing, pow­er­ful hooks over the boot bar and nes­tles the bar in an all-me­tal cra­dle. No plas­tic to wear out and de­crease edge power. The de­sign is sim­ple, clean and strong in all the right places. It's a bind­ing that you can trust for ex­tended tours. The SRP is $89 [US] / $89 [CDN].

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