22 Designs is breaching the world of low-tech pin bindings with the Lynx, a telemark binding with 2-pin touring efficiency, a second heel NTN connection, and the classic Hammerheel spring activated climbing wire. The Lynx uses composite flex plates and compression springs to deliver tele tension like a leaf spring, only lighter. As you would hope, preload and three levels of binding activity are easily adjustable.
The Lynx is light, weighing a smidgen over a pound per foot. In tour mode they provide the state-of-the-art efficiency that comes with a low-tech toe connection; the only thing you lift each step is your boot, the binding stays put to minimize inertial resistance while the boot pivots at the toe on two frictionless pins. The tech toe means this binding only works with compatible NTN boots that have tech inserts in the toe.
It’s not clear from the photo above how one switches between modes but 22D’s press release claims “One touch puts the binding into free pivot mode. Once at the top, ski mode is also easily pole activated…”
It is standard to expect bindings from 22 Designs are smooth, powerful, adjustable, and durable. With the new Lynx lightweight and efficient should become standard expectations too.
Lynx key features
- Easy step in/step out
- Instant flex engagement
- Adjustable preload
- Three activity settings
- 80°+ frictionless touring R.O.M.
With the upcoming SIA/OR trade show at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver many of the questions the Lynx binding image sparks will be answered. Stay tuned for updates and a first look report by the end of January.
UPDATE (20jan18): 22D does not have plans for a consumer beta program with Lynx.
Price (estimated): $500
Weight (pair): Lg. 2 lbs., 3 oz. (1000 g), Sm. 2 lbs., 2 oz. (960 g)
First Look: On-snow report of Lynx beta version