It went something like this. I have a MIG welder, a nice new studio/workshop, and the desire to use 80 mm (officially 75 mm) ski brakes on my La Sportiva Svelte 96mm waisted skis. Sometimes you can simply swap the brake arms from a wider brake of another brand or model. The Dynafit Superlite 2 upper bend of the brake is shorter than most, so I couldn’t find an easy swap. Bending can add a few millimeters as can trimming off the sides of the plastic feet, neither an option in this case. (Note: various width brakes will be available for the Superlight 2, this method of brake width is presented as a way of fine tuning, or using what you’ve got, or to show a method of widening brakes with other binding models-brands.)
Best course of action appeared to be an additive process that involved cutting the stopper arms, adding a small chunk of 1/4″ tension pin as a connector, then burning a few tiny welds to hold things together. Clearly, this “5 wrench” rated project isn’t practical, it’s more a proof-of-concept and a message to Dynafit that wider brakes (or brake arms) would be nice. And it’s something fun to blog about. It as easy as brushing your teeth to remove and replace the Superlte 2 brake arms, so perhaps the aftermarket could step in with wider options if Dynafit doesn’t.
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.