Beast 14 Binding - 2017
Dynafit's Beast took the backcountry freeride world by storm last year, and it's back to rule the out-of-bounds world again, now with a few tweaks to make it lighter, safer, and more versatile. It's still a tech binding that loves to go big, fast, and hard, but it's been refined in its second go-round to make life a little bit easier for big-mountain rippers who need serious performance on the way up and down.
Previous iterations marked the Beast with a release value of 16, but this year a 14-release-value version has been added to the lineup, giving lighter, weight-conscious, or approach-minded skiers a friendlier option. The biggest difference is in the toe. While the old Beast, and the new 16, feature a specially designed toe piece, the 14 cribs the toe from the Dynafit Radical but mounts it to a rotating baseplate (and calls it the Radical 2.0), giving you more elasticity and retention than you'd get from a classic Radical. Apart from that, it's totally recognizable—four springs, two pins, and a ski/hike lever to prevent releases when you're on the way up.
While the change might be most noticeable in the front, don't think for a second that Dynafit didn't improve the heel, too. It's been mounted on rails, letting it move slightly to accommodate ski flex, improve retention, and give you a more supple, less chattery ride than you'd expect from a tech binding. Spring-loaded pins provide a super-solid connection to the horseshoe heel insert (like last year, boots will need to be retrofitted to work with the Beast), and dual climbing risers give you the ramp angle you need to cruise up steep slopes. When the lower riser is in place, hard heel pressure will lock the brakes in a retracted position to prevent drag, but they'll snap back into place if you release on the way down.
- A beast of a backcountry binding built for freeride touring
- 14 DIN is the lesser of the two Beast bindings for lighter riders
- Walk mode with dual climbing risers for steep or gradual skintracks
- Rotating toe piece eases on-and-off and helps with the ascent
- Rail-mounted heel accommodates ski's natural flex without chatter
- Compatible with tech boots only