Inspired by the climbing ease of randonnée bindings, the advent of the Voilé Switchback Telemark Binding is a well-deserved milestone in the history of modern telemark bindings. It allows backcountry telemark skiers to ascend on a par with Alpine cohorts, but still descend with classic Nordic style.
Now in service for close to a decade, the Switchback has set the industry standard for free-pivot, telemark bindings. This is due, in large part, to the ingenious design of the binding’s fully-encased, stainless-steel, pivoting and locking mechanisms. While the inner workings of this masterpiece are hidden from plain view, the adventurous skier need only know that pushing the lever to the left frees the whole shebang to swing upward 50 degrees and pushing it to the right locks it all down for, well, going down. All with the snap of a ski pole tip.
But the marvels don’t stop there. The heat-treated, stainless-steel, toe plate is a sleek and elegant design that, when paired with the rear latch bar, actually helps chop and remove snow accumulation while climbing. Once in the downhill mode, Voilé’s signature combo of steel connecting rods and compression springs gives the Switchback power for turning, while still keeping weight to a minimum: Three pounds, to be exact.
So if you prefer the Norwegian dance to Austrian, locked-hell dogma, this may be the binding for you. If you prefer to spend more time earning your turns than riding a lift, maybe even more so. If you prefer a “neutral” tele binding or wear a tiny-sized boot, this is definitely the binding for you.
|Part Number||Short Rod: 608-110-10||Standard Rod: 608-110-20|
|Boot Size (Mondo Point)||24-26.5||27-31|
|Boot Sole Length (mm) measured from center pin hole to back of heel||273-322||305-350|
|Boot Size (US)||5-8.5||9-13|
|Weight(lbs/kg)||3 lbs/1.36kg/pr.||3 lbs/1.36kg/pr.|
|Dual Height Elevators||65mm/100mm||65mm/100mm|
|Material||Heat treated stainless steel||Heat treated stainless steel|
|Benefits/Uses||Free-pivoting, durable, dual climbing wires, no icing/Off-Piste||Free-pivoting, durable, dual climbing wires, no icing/Off-Piste|