22 Designs is pushing the envelope once again, but this time in favor of the gram counters that have been calling for a lighter, better touring NTN binding that still has the durability that they are known for. The Lynx has done it, finally a pin-tech tele binding made in the USA and made with more metal than plastic. But why fold and use those pins holes you have been staring at for years on your NTN boots? Because when you tour with pins you have a zero resistance pivot where the only eight you are lifting is your boot. When its time to go down the back touring catch locks you in and gives you greater control than any of its predecessors.
As telemark bindings became heavier and more powerful over the years, something fundamental about the turn was lost. The "touch", the "feeling" of the tele turn just wasn't the same. That's all changed with the Lynx. Light, powerful AND highly sensitive. The great feeling of the Tele turn is back. Loving this binding.
At first I had some trouble getting into the tech toe. Everybody does. It got much easier after a few tries. I also had to learn to really clear out the inserts before engaging downhill mode.
Eventually I figured out that just pressing the studs into the tech fittings on my boot helped them seat 100% and after that experienced no pre-release issues and didn’t lock the toes out.
They have more lateral edge control than my Outlaws with standard springs on pre-load 4, and feel more active with the 3 slic pin setting and no spacers (small binding size). Touring they were great. Light, easy to more from tour to ski mode and no icing problems.