By: randosteve|Posted on: August 28, 2007|Posted in: Gear | 8 comments

Well, I didn’t send it on Heartbreak Ridge yesterday due to high winds. In addition, life sure has been throwing me a lot of curve balls lately. Luckily I made solid contact with this pitch!!! 😀


Dynafit is no doubt one of the biggest names in the sport of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, and I am proud to say that they will be sponsoring me this winter. Dynafit was a big supporter of the 2006 US Skimo Team and I’m psyched to continue with the relationship. Big thanks to Tim Kelly, Ryan Raymond and Chris Sword of Salewa North America in giving me the opportunity to represent Dynafit.

Over the past 12 years, since I started backcountry skiing in the Tetons, I have totally become a Dynafit snob when it comes to touring. I seem to always reach for a set-up that has Dynafit bindings on them whenever skinning is mandatory. The efficiency of touring without any extra pieces attached to your boot can’t be beat and IMHO, the holding power of these engineering marvels is extremely positive and more than enough. The lockout feature on the toe piece is also nice, when losing a ski could mean serious consequences. Not a habit to get into when skiing high speed GS turns though, where hooking a tip could be painful. 😯

Vertical FTVertical ST

Low Tech RaceMost of the bindings in my quiver right now are all at least a couple years old, so it will be nice to upgrade to some newer models. The Vertical FT is a super sexy offering for the aggressive skier that would go well with some big, fat skis. Maybe for skiing Teton Pass and the occasional park tour. Definitely want a pair of those clamps. The ST will be the workhorse Z-Zero CFof the lineup and would find their way on the skis I will be using the majority of the time. Though I’m not the fastest racer on the rando circuit, I’m still going to try and make it to the 2008 Championships in Switzerland this winter. It would sure be cool to have these ultra light Low Tech Race heal pieces as well. Dynafit’s new boot offerings also looks to be headed in the right direction and a pair of the light and stiff Z-Zero CF’s will hopefully find a way into my quiver this winter season.

Word from Dynafit headquarters is that there should plenty of inventory this season, now that they are under the Selewa umbrella, and the cargo ships should be pack full of the little square boxes that we all have grown to love. ‘Light is right’ will always be the core of the Dynafit philosophy and I’m more than happy to benefit from their commitment to it. Thanks Dynafit!