After purchasing a new pair of skis this season, I wanted a pair of bindings that would allow me to use either my TLT5 or DyNA Evo. This requires an adjustment range of 8mm. The tried and true pair of Dynafit Speed Classics that I had available only have about 6mm. The new skis are ideally suited for powder/loose snow and will probably also perform well in spring conditions. The binding I was looking for also needed a ‘high’ heel elevator position. Race bindings were ruled out.
In the end the decision was between the Speed Superlight with an adjustment plate and the Speed Turn (only available in Europe this season). Even after customs fees, shipping, and exchange rates, the Speed Turn came in as a very affordable option.
The Speed Turn is ‘new’ for this season and is a Frankenbinding that Dynafit themselves pieced together: Classic toe (with a Radical lever) paired with the Speed Radical heel unit but swapped out the new flip style elevators for the Classic top plate. The mass per binding creeped up by 16g or the equivalent of 1 Gu packet per pair. Not a significant weight penalty and well worth the added adjustment range (+/- 12.5 mm). Longer heel pins are another incremental change that made it into this model.
Look for a post on my new skis if New England ever get a snowpack deep enough for some real backcountry skiing.