In regards to the history of the telemark bindings, first there were three-pin bindings, then, three pins with spring loaded cables, followed by rigid toe bar bindings with compression springs, which evolved into free-pivot bindings that allowed telemarkers to truly enjoy the feeling of non-restrictive movement when ski touring, and then NTN (New Telemark Norm) tried to re-invent the wheel after that. So, what’s next you ask? Well, how about a telemark binding made with half of an AT binding?
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Yes, the telemark industry is talking one step closer to realizing the fact that telemark skiing is nearly dead and is now starting to succumb to the technology found in AT bindings to keep the sport alive. There is currently a new breed of telemark bindings out there, called the Telemark Tech System, that now incorporate a Dynafit (or tech) style toe-piece combined with cables for the heel, which allows telemark skiers to get a little closer to true enlightenment simply called, Dynafit.
Yes folks, I’d say the writing is on the wall when telemark binding developers start using half an AT binding in order to fill their needs for a reliable, simple and efficient design to keep their boots clamped to their skis and kind of adds a new meaning to the old saying, half a binding, half a brain.