Quiver Slot: Hard Charging, Freeride
Recommended Ski: Voile V8, DPS Wailer 112 RP2
Recommended Boot: Scarpa TX & TX Pro
Touring Mode: Yes
Climbing Wires: Yes - Single
Weight: 1590 grams
Sizes: Small up to a 26.0, Large 26.5 and up
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
Super happy with your service and the continuing follow up..
I got the chance to ski in varied conditions yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by the easy transition from tele to NTN bindings. I did have the optional brakes on and found the entry and exit to be a challenge for a lightweight skier (125#). Once I got into the bindings, I found that the whole set up took me less than a half of a run to feel comfortable. I was afraid the whole system would feel too restrictive, but I found it to be comparable to my hammerhead bombshell bindings. I tend to ski deep and I was still able to get to the deep position and had great ski control. As a plus, my NTN boots didn't hurt like my feet during turns like my tele boots do! I'm looking forward to using this new set up in touring mode for those sweet backcountry lines.
I have always loved 22Designs bindings but they exceeded my high expectations when they released their first NTN binding, the Outlaw, last winter (2015-16). It has a sweet progressive flex (like the Axl but even more powerful, and unlike the uneven flex of other NTN offerings) and incredible torsional power. The step in is easier than ANY other binding (including alpine bindings, but adding the optional brake makes the step-in a little harder), the Hammerheel is still my favorite heel lift out there (so easy to use and never fails), the touring function is borrowed from the proven Axl function with a little more range of motion than the Axl. This is the binding that I have been waiting for. Upgrades for the current season include a stronger toe box, improved flex plates, and an updated cam to make stepping in even easier. While the improvements in AT tech bindings have mostly consisted of minor tweaks over the last few years, the Outlaw seems revolutionary in comparison. If you have been waiting to replace your 15 year old EnerG boots but was still undecided about switching to NTN, buy the Outlaw and give it five days (it is a little different than skiing a 75mm binding and requires a little adjustment) but then you will never look back since it is an improvement in every way. Nice work 22D!