There has been a lot of telemark binding development to work with NTN boots lately, especially those incorporating a 2-pin tech toe in the design. Sadly, the news on the boot side of the equation has been discouraging with Scarpa ceasing production of the TX and refusing to add inserts to the TX-Comp.
Today I learned that Scott Sports is planning to add tech inserts to their NTN Voodoo boot for next season. This is good news for a couple of reasons. First, it means that there will be more boot choices for those who want to take advantage of 2-pin touring efficiency. Second, they will be using genuine Dynafit inserts. This also implies that Scott is actually committed to supporting telemark products.
There are a number of indications this is true, the most obvious being the photos shown here. However, we all know the camera lies; it would be easy to simply drill the sole of a Voodoo to create a photo op like the one shown. But there is more evidence Scott is actually serious about ski boots, particularly telemark boots.
Even with lackluster sales of telemark equipment overall, Scott added the Synergy to the telemark line two years ago. The Synergy is a welcome return to the classic wide last of Garmont boots from their hay days.
A less obvious indication is word that Scott signed an agreement with Rottefella licensing the continued use of the NTN second heel in their NTN compatible boots. All these signal a true commitment to skiing, especially the free heel variety.
Except for a select group of insiders, athletes and strategic partners like Rottefella and The M Equipment, don’t expect to see these on the slopes until the 2017.
Review: Garmont’s Prophet (same design, different colors/brand as Scott Voodoo NTN)