The new Rottefella XPLORE OFFTRACK Binding System Review

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Re: The new Rottefella XPLORE OFFTRACK Binding System Review

Post by lilcliffy » Wed May 26, 2021 8:14 am

Tom M wrote:
Tue May 25, 2021 8:08 am
Excellent video Tom- thank you!

After watching Tom's detailed exploration of the Xplore binding-
I am left feeling very cautious about the durability and utility of this design...

Does anyone else see all kinds of thingies on this binding that are going to freeze solid?

The design of the flexor system not only screams frozen to me- it doesn't look durable to me. How many inies and outies will it take before that little hook and/or the release mechanism breaks or wears out?
..............
I have NO doubt that the performance of the XPlore system will be a massive step up over NN-3pin and NNNBC- but I am cautious about the durability and utility of the binding...

At that price point, I will await long-term testing- especially backcountry skiing in very cold, moisture-rich climates..
This being said- Norway should offer some pretty extremes conditions to test this thingy!
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Re: The new Rottefella XPLORE OFFTRACK Binding System Review

Post by Shenanagains » Wed May 26, 2021 3:02 pm

I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the structural parts of the binding are not plastic. The aluminum baseplate and wings look pretty good to me.

As for freezing, durability of the flexor parts, and the crazy price... Others will have to prove the design out, not me.





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