For the first time in a few years there were several new telemark ski bindings at the trade show. G3 debuted two fully redesigned telemark bindings, the Enzo and Enzo R.
The G3 Enzo marks a new era in G3 telemark bindings. It includes a free-pivot for touring and adjustable settings to tune performance from active to neutral in feel. The new set-up blends features and design styles found on other freeheel bindings and addresses icing/snow build-up in tour mode as well as the demand for powerful bindings to match today’s powerful boots and big skis. It weighs in at 3.82 lb/pair and will retail for $290.
The G3 Enzo R is a resort-specific version of the Enzo that drops the free-pivot touring mode and adds an additional active/neutral performance setting but retains the same underfoot cable/cartridge system. It is a little lighter than the Enzo at 3.7 lb/pair and will retail at $225.
Black Diamond’s telemark binding line-up is mostly unchanged, but the BD 01 has a redesigned mounting pattern that adds two screws to the mounting pattern to address the demands of big boots and powerful skiers.
There is also big news on the NTN front. Rottefella introduced the new NTN Freedom binding. The Freedom puts design and power of the NTN system into a binding designed for ski touring. The NTN Freedom is lighter weight and offers an increased range of motion for touring in its free-pivot mode.The new binding weighs in at 3.25 lb/pair – 1.25 lbs less than the standard NTN. It’s a welcome addition to the NTN line-up.