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Ski touring supplier DYNAFIT is hitting the winter 2013/14 season with a totally new binding concept, the Beast 16, and has subsequently picked up the ISPO Winner award and the “Best in Show” prize at the Outdoor Retailer Show.

Each year, the jury of experts at the international ISPO in Munich honours the most innovative products in the sporting goods industry with the ISPO Award. The ISPO’s American equivalent, the Outdoor Retailer Show, takes place annually in Salt Lake City and presents its Best in Show Award to the most outstanding products.

“We are very proud to receive the ISPO Winner and “Best in Show” awards. We have produced a truly innovative binding in the Beast 16. This binding is made for the new-generation of skier, or ‘The Complete Skier’ as we phrase it. They want unlimited freedom, and they can use the Beast both on- and off-piste. Our product developers have managed to create a frameless binding system that combines perfect downhill characteristics with stability up to DIN value 16”, confirms a very happy Benedikt Böhm, DYNAFIT Brand Manager.

The demands for the freeride binding were clear from the outset: top downhill performance, DIN value of 16, optimum ascent comfort all courtesy of the frameless system – and naturally not forgetting lightness. The weight of 935 grams makes the binding a maverick in the freeride binding ascent category.

The frameless system, which celebrates its 30th anniversary at DYNAFIT in 2013, saves lifted weight and provides the ideal pivot point on the ascent. So the designers’ decision to arm the proven system with the requisite downhill characteristics was a logical step. The Beast binding has been fitted with a sophisticated release mechanism. This provides release at both the toe and heel units, while the rotating toe piece has been designed in such a way that it combats premature release potentially caused by sudden impacts. The binding’s ultra-low height gives freeriders perfect ski-to-snow contact. A stable and smooth ride thanks to the subtle lean-forward angle and high-level torsional rigidity as a result of the wide baseplate are all features unique to the new DYNAFIT binding.