Now in service for close to a decade, the Switchback has set the industry standard for free-pivot, telemark bindings. This is due, in large part, to the ingenious design of the binding’s fully-encased, stainless-steel, pivoting and locking mechanisms. While the inner workings of this masterpiece are hidden from plain view, the adventurous skier need only know that pushing the lever to the left frees the whole shebang to swing upward 50 degrees and pushing it to the right locks it all down for, well, going down. All with the snap of a ski pole tip.
But the marvels don’t stop there. The heat-treated, stainless-steel, toe plate is a sleek and elegant design that, when paired with the rear latch bar, actually helps chop and remove snow accumulation while climbing. Once in the downhill mode, Voilé’s signature combo of steel connecting rods and compression springs gives the Switchback power for turning, while still keeping weight to a minimum: Three pounds, to be exact.
So if you prefer the Norwegian dance to Austrian, locked-hell dogma, this may be the binding for you. If you prefer to spend more time earning your turns than riding a lift, maybe even more so. If you prefer a “neutral” tele binding or wear a tiny-sized boot, this is definitely the binding for you. And if you ski colossal skis in four-buckle boots, you might prefer the Switchback’s younger sibling, the X2.
Includes dual height heel elevators, (men)+65mm/100mm. Not compatible with the Voilé Release Kit.
Full-wrap around stainless steel toe plate without rivets.
Enclosed design eliminates ice build-up.
Lightest weight available, 3 lbs/1362g/pair.
Appropriate riser height, 25mm.
Time tested Hardwire heel assembly instead of braided cables.
Dual climbing wires
Ideal for Off-Piste
||Short Rod: 608-110-10
||Standard Rod: 608-110-20|
|Boot Size (Mondo Point)
|Boot Sole Length (mm)
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|Dual Height Elevators
||Heat treated stainless steel
||Heat treated stainless steel|