True to form, 22 Designs has announced a beta program for their next generation telemark binding, the Outlaw X. The X version of their acclaimed NTN binding features a new second heel clamp that is easier to get in and out of the binding with. In addition it will be lighter, and contrary to typical human powered technology where less costs more, will be priced lower than the existing Outlaw.
While the Outlaw is considered one of the easiest telemark bindings to get in to, exiting the binding is not always as simple or reliable. That’s not totally true anymore. If you have last year’s orange cam’s (2015-16), that was more likely. This year the cams work reliably and are easier to get out of. Nonetheless, this even newer clamp changes all that and uses fewer parts so it is lighter too. In theory there is no need to run a beta program on this improvement, but experience has taught that there is always some unanticipated wrinkle that customer abuse in the field will reveal.
If you’re ready and willing to be a test guinea pig, 22 Designs is producing a limited number of Outlaw X’s for you. As a member of the beta test team you pay full price, but you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth. Any significant design flaws that are revealed and cause a change in the design, you will receive a free upgrade for. As a member of the beta test team you are a development partner and expected to contribute feedback to help improve the product.
It is also worth noting that 22 Designs, in cooperation with B&D Designs , has developed a ski crampon for the Outlaw. It uses the same attachment system as Dynafit bindings and fits under the spring of the Outlaw.
To join the Outlaw X beta test team – click here.