The ATK Raider 12 has quickly proven itself in the lightweight touring binding segment. With simplicity in mind, ATK focuses on the critical needs in the backcountry. On the way up, an Up-Hill Hardness Variator along with 5 different riser options give you the advantage all the way to the summit. Once you’re in for the descent, the Cam Release System and the Elastic Response System gives you confidence that you’re release will be as consistent as possible. For easy in and out, the Snow Pack Proof toe makes transitions simple in any snow conditions. By machining the parts, ATK is able to drastically reduce weight while boosting durability. When you boil this all down to 335 grams a binding, you’ll quickly realize why there’s no competition here.
Adjustment Range: 25mm
Forward Elastic Travel: 12mm
Climbing Aids: Flat, +27.5, +30, +44, +49mm
Cam Release System: The Cam Release System is fitted inside of our touring bindings heels in order to drive the boot step-in and vertical release in case of a fall. A special Cam profile is pressed towards the heel pins by a pre-tensioned spring: when the step-in or a fall release occur, the pins are forced to go through the Cam profile which provides a precise resistance to the pin release, depending on the release value set on the binding
Elastic Response System: A spring is placed between the base plate of the binding and the adjustment screw. When the ski bents under the effect of a crompression or a jump, the heel part can slide backward with an elastic travel of 10 or 12mm, depending on the binding
Snow Pack Proof: A special design of the toe part that avoids any snow/ice/debris build-up under the hooking elements
Up-Hill Hardness Variator: A multi-position selector is placed in between the front lever and the toe piece base plate. By changing the selector setting, the up-hill mode locking hardness variates by increasing the pressure on the locking mechanism
Magneto Heel Flaps: An ingenious as simple magnet system provides handling and stabilization of the heel flaps.
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Useful guidelines to assist you when buying your gear.
Often overlooked, ski bindings are easily one of the most important pieces in your ski setup. From safety to performance, the right binding can make a huge difference.
There are a few different types of bindings that all serve separate purposes. It is important to take into consideration where you spend the most time on the mountain and how aggressively you will be skiing.
Downhill / Alpine
Alpine bindings constitute the largest majority of the market. Since these bindings are primarily focused on the retention/release in regards to the ski boot, they have the highest amounts of elasticity which guarantees the best release possible. When you’re looking at alpine bindings, it may be hard to tell what the difference is and why you would splash out a bit more for one versus the next. Here’s a few of the major differences:
Sole norm compatibility – a very important thing to keep in mind when buying a binding. Most recent alpine bindings can take a variety of sole norms including Alpine, AT, WTR, and Gripwalk. However, some can only take one or two of these. Check with us if you’re unsure on what your boot is compatible with.
When choosing an touring binding the first thing to think about is what your ratio of touring to resort skiing will be. While a lightweight pin binding will be great for a long tour, it won’t always hold up to the rigors of constant laps at the resort. Likewise a frame binding will provide a very solid platform to ski on and a great reliable release, but it will be a lot of extra work on day long and multi-day tours. Finding the balance is key.
Every ski binding comes with a different range of DIN settings. Often times you might be looking at two bindings that are identical besides different DIN ranges. What do you choose? When selecting a binding it is important to make sure the range provided will suit the DIN setting that you require. It is also important to make sure you are well within the range rather than sitting right at the minimum or maximum settings. We can help you out with figuring out where you fall in this range if you are unsure.
Make sure that any adjustments to ski bindings (even slight) are done by a certified ski technician. Ski bindings are your main safety equipment on your setup and even the smallest incorrect adjustment can result in a preventable injury.
Choosing the right width brake of your binding ensures that the brakes won’t overhang, drag, or get caught. You’ll want to choose the brake that is equal to or slightly wider than the ski itself. If you’re unsure about what size you’ll need give us a shout!
There are five main types of bindings which can safely take different types of ski boot soles. Below is a chart of the binding types vs the sole types and what is and isn’t compatible.
* Boot needs tech fittings to be fully compatible
Our technical team may be able to help you out.
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