The bindings that tie us | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

The bindings that tie us

Steve Benson

It’s been a strange season of heavy early season snows, sloppy late-season warmth and broken equipment.

But last week, I received a package in the mail that may set everything straight – my new HammerHead telemark bindings have arrived.

Hard to find and largely unknown, the Hammerhead is perfect for heftier and/or more aggressive telemark skiers because of its strength and durability. But it’s is also a gem for backcountry skiers, due to the five different pivot points the binding provides.

Basically, the flex, or forefoot retention, has five settings ranging from super neutral (perfect for skinning) to incredibly stiff (for superior downhill control and performance). The settings can be easily changed in a minute or two.

The brainchild of Russell Rainey, the Hammerhead has quietly risen to the rank of a superior telemark binding. In 2001-02 – the year the HammerHead was released – it was the editors’ choice of Couloir magazine as the top telemark binding on the market.

And while equipment from Rainey Designs has been criticized as prone to problems, it appears Rainey has redeemed himself with the HammerHead. The binding has been hailed as super durable, and complaints are scarce – an incredible feat when it comes to telemark bindings. Furthermore, the HammerHead has been sold to Chris Valiante and Collins Pringle of Wilson, Wyo.-based TwentyTwo Designs, which plans to increase the binding’s exposure.

Bottom line: In terms of flexing feel, the HammerHead is similar to the popular G3 Targa, but it’s more stable (no lateral wiggle in the toe), stronger (for beefier skis or heavier skiers) and has five wonderful options to fit every telemarker’s need or preference.

Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Dr. Fauci, Gov. Polis warn of continuing coronavirus surge in Colorado

|

Colorado has been hit with a substantial spike in COVID-19 cases, with one in 41 residents believed to be contagious. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, warned during a virtual news conference that Colorado is not alone in seeing a spike in cases and pleaded with people not to travel or gather in large groups.



See more