New Remarkable Dynafit P49 Bindings and Pintech System: Videos and Photos

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During my recent visit to ISPO outdoor trade show in Munich I was looking for a Dynafit booth to no avail. I headed to Pomoca instead, as both companies are owned by the same corporation, to find out where I can see the new Dynafit Pintech binding system and their new P49 binding…. and I found it there on display in a back corner.

It has been almost three decades since the revolutionary LowTech binding system was introduced to the market by Dynafit. First, Dynafit enjoyed the benefit of industrial patent protection which lead to their ski touring bindings market domination. After that they have been fighting competition from every direction with many brands “copying” the ingenious invention with only slight improvements.

Today, 30 years later, it looks like that Dynafit is going to try and set a completely new standard for ski touring bindings once again!

Dynafit P49 Heal Piece

Dynafit P49 Toe Piece

More about Dynafit Pintech and P49

Pintech "adapted" Dynafit DNA race boot (designed by Pierre Gignoux) clicked into the P49 toe piece.

Pintech “adapted” Dynafit DNA race boot (designed by Pierre Gignoux) clicked into the P49 toe piece.

The Pintech system is a “reverse” version of the LowTech – the pins are on the ski boot rather than on the arms of the toe piece. This design allows for a significant decrease in weight of the toe piece and offers an easier step-in.

Boot is about to click into the binding.

Boot is about to click into the binding.

Close-up of the Pintech adapted ski boot. The pins are spring-loaded.

Close-up of the Pintech adapted ski boot. The pins are spring-loaded.

At this time, we don’t have accurate and official information on how the binding releases but the functionality is perhaps already built into the design of the toe piece and the system as a whole.

The P49 binding weighs only 49 grams per foot and due to the completely new design will require a very specific boot.

To release from the binding, you just press the two side buttons with your fingers and pull the boot upward. It feels easy to do with gloves on as well.

To release from the binding, you just press the two side buttons with your fingers and pull the boot upward. It should be easy to do even with gloves.

Boot locked into the heal piece and in ski mode.

Boot locked into the heal piece and in ski mode.

The P49 heal piece design is quite remarkable as well. As you can see, the classic two pins have been replaced by a grooved slot where the new boot heal metal piece easily slides into.

Boot in climbing mode with the heal riser running through the middle of the heal piece.

Boot in climbing mode with the heal riser running through the middle of the heal piece in this position.

Obviously, we all have questions about how exactly does the binding release, when it will be in stores, how much will the whole system cost, and so on. While the binding might still need to go through changes before it hits the stores, it is definitely the most innovative piece of ski mountaineering/touring gear we have seen in long time.

The metal bar between the two rubber lugs is an attachment point for a new design of crampons.

The metal bar between the two rubber lugs is an attachment point for a new design of crampons.

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