The ATK Freeraider 15 and ATK Raider 12 has everything a touring freerider needs for backcountry skiing. This Italian brand has been gaining popularity over the last few years and blurs the lines between lightweight pin bindings and trusted hyrbid chargers with higher and safer release values.
The weight and release values immediately catch many skier's attention, the low ramp angle, great connection to the ski with the toe piece make this binding perform a step above some other tech bindings on the market. For years backcountry skiers had to make do with tech bindings that had high ramp angles, dead spots in the ski flex, and a lack of connection when exiting turns. ATK has addressed all of those issues with their bindings.
Equipped with 12mm of elastic travel allows the ski to flex without worrying about the pins reaching their limit and pre-releasing - which also means they can handle big impacts from landing airs into powder. The magnetic heel risers are very simple to use and when combined with a weight of only 300 grams you have a very desirable weight with an incredibly easy to use interface.
Dynafit’s Rotation binding blend the fine balance of a pin-tech system with some elastic travel and release safety. They utilize 10mm of forward pressure in the heel, a rotational toe piece, and a TÜV certification for safety. It’s been a trustworthy standard for many while touring over the past four years and can handle all kinds of conditions—pillow lines, surfy powder, hardpack, and breakable crust.
While some folks lamented the earlier version of the rotational toe, the newer Rotation is lighter (at 605 grams), a bit tougher, and has an integrated system that keeps the binding centered before you click in the heel. However, that previous annoyance is easily avoided if you clear the pins when stepping in—something any tech binding skier should do regardless… Simply clear the snow off your boot, step in, lock the toe and swivel back and forth before stepping into the heel. Then unlock the toe and shred.
In short, this binding is tried and true, comes with a lifetime guarantee, and can handle anything and everything you could possibly throw at it while out in the backcountry.