Everyone loves their first pair of Skis. Mine are a pair of Hagens with old school Silvretta bindings. They still get a regular airing whether I want a quick cane up a piste, or Im converting either my dad or a mate to the joys of ski touring. I wont hear a bad word about them.
However walking along innovation aisle at the ISPO Alex knew I was already converted the simple elegance of the Skystep. This brand new Ski Tour binding is still in conception, but the automatic heel helper is stunning.
A ball located in an oil mounting determines the position of the binding at any time. There are a total of four settings which automatically engage to suit the slope of the terrain on which the tourer is skiing. It is as simple as it is effective.
It might be a prototype, but this binding is light and solid. The dynafit elite will laugh at it, but I think it will have a place in the world of touring. I for one would love it to be available for my dad who currently has a choice of one hill setting and a twist that does not come easily to the over 50s.
This binding will prove that the backcountry is for everyone that wants to tour through the trees to earn their turns. If thats my old man then great