Want to take that Dynafit Radical FT/ST backcountry skiing binding (or for that matter, any tech binding) back to a reasonable ramp angle? Cut a cutting board. Sure, skiers have been doing this for years, but always room for another how-to at WildSnow.com! Time: about 1 1/2 hour including pulling and replacing bindings. Moderate tool challenge, mostly due to the screw shortening procedure.
According to our measurements, shimming the Radical toe up 3 mm brings you to the same ramp of the venerable TLT binding models. We like that amount of ramp, but slightly less would be ok as well. Lo and behold, we found a cutting board model at Wally World that measures 4.5 mm thick. Perfect.
Before we get started, gear list:
– Longer 28 mm screws from B&D (we’ll trim a millimeter or two off tip)
– Cutting board
– Hand saw, fine toothed
– File or disk grinder for shortening screws.
– Bench vise (optional)
– Binding mount tools, the usual.
– Drill bits, 3/8 & 5/16
Please see our previous posts covering ramp angles and shims. More, if you want to experiment with greater reduction in ramp angle, thicker shims sold by B&D fit the bill.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.