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BD O1 Binding’s Breaking

Monday, April 14th, 2008

A lot of recent posts and talk about Black Diamond O1 binding’s snapping in half lately - seems that a number of people (including BD sponsored skier Nick DeVore) have had their O1s simply break in half, on the metal plate, just behind the bright green engagement switch. Most people report that their two rear […]

free-pivots: and the winner is…

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

After spending the season skiing and testing out a number of different free-pivot bindings, it soon became clear that the most appropriate contenders were the Black Diamond O1, the G3 Ascent, and the Voile Switchback. Each company sent a pair for review. I also have some NTNs, but could not get any boots. I never […]

Black Diamond 01

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Black Diamond pushed the envelope with the 01, getting it out their first-to-market, following the formula they’ve consistently used in the past to test and refine a product that is primarily designed for “aggressive” skiers whom like an “active” binding.  I have been skiing the O1s as my primary free-pivot binding for the past season and […]

G3 Ascents S/S

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I think that I have found “the” binding. Despite all the bad press, vibes, critiques, negative comments from ski shops, “active” binding skiers, etc., this is probably the binding for me. It skis like a Targa. All my trusted sources said this from the outset, and I have no idea why I didn’t just ski […]

Voile Switchbacks

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

I have been touring and skiing on the Switchbacks for much of the season to date, though mostly in very deep powder as they are mounted on Voile Insanes. Overall, I think the Switchback has the best, most efficient, easy-to-use design of any of the free-pivots currently available. The bindings are super light (3 lb.), […]

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