Dynafit Radical 2.0 ReviewJune 26, 2015
- Rotating toe piece
- Brake independent of heel piece
- Kiss mount on the heel
- Step-out ski-to-tour transition
- Tricky heel piece connection
The Dynafit Radical 2.0 makes some big and significant changes from its predecessor, moving it closer to a perfect binding. For a tech binding, the elasticity promoting toe piece is one of its best features and the binding tours and skis very well. This binding is a great choice for all skiers, except for the extremely weight conscious.
The Radical 2.0 (like its predecessor) offers easy switches between heel lifter heights as well as an easy guide to step into the toes. There is a small amount of side-to-side rotation in the toe piece when clicking in. Because of this minute rotation, keep the heel lined up with the pins to avoid stepping in to only one- or no pins.
Metal replaces previous plastic pieces on the Radical 2.0—a huge improvement for long-term durability. The new heel piece is like a metal claw holding it all together.
Another improvement from the previous model is the kiss mount—meaning there is no longer a need to dial in your “dynagap” to ensure release. The contact with the heel piece (beyond just two pins) may also provide for better power transmission and less play in the binding. In testing these bindings on varying terrain and snowpack, I think this new rotating technology is going to be a good thing—it has certainly broken my habit of locking out the toes every time I drop in.
This binding may actually present one of the bigger improvements in the tech binding industry in years. The rotating toe piece and the simpler heel kiss mount along with the brake being independent of the heel rotation, puts Dynafit Radical 2.0 at the forefront of the tech binding industry.
In 2009 Jordan became the youngest and the 5th person to ski from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks. Jordan is a mountain guide and ski guide for Aspen Alpine Guides, in Aspen Colorado as well as a ski guide for Ski Arpa, Chile.