For racing and light touring some folks like to cut the heel post off the Dynafit TLT binding. The best way to do this is to take the plate off the binding, use a grinder to remove the post and reshape the plate, then reinstall. Use a “star drive” Torx TX10 screw driver bit for the screws, and adjust the vertical release setting to zero before removing plate or the binding internals will explode. It’s okay to back the screws out with a power driver, but replace them by hand as they strip easily.
|Modified plate shown above. And the burning question, how much weight does this save? Plate before mod was 1.3 oz (34 g), after mod .9 oz (24 g). Weight saved: 0.3 oz (10 g). Weighed without plastic button frequently used on top of heel post, add 0.3 oz (10 g) for those. Worth it? You decide.|
|Andrew McLean sent this photo of his and Polly’s quiver. Says Andrew: “I was in the shop this morning and noticed this photo composition, which I entitle “Still Life With Full Release.” (grin) I thought it was funny, as the skis we use all the time gravitate to the front of the rack, and of those, all of them had Dynafits — something I’m sure you can appreciate.”|
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