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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009

Gear Review: Voile HD Mountaineer 3-Pin Backcountry Touring Binding

Simple and user-friendly, these Voile skis are also built to weather the abuse of varied terrains.

by: Dana Allen, Berne Broudy, Jonathan Dorn, Alex Graham, Kristin Hostetter

Voile HD Mountaineer 3-Pin (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo)
Voile HD Mountaineer 3-Pin (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo)

A no-frills telemark binding that mates with three-pin duckbill boots, this is as simple and user-friendly as it gets–set and release the toe bail with just a press of your pole. The Mountaineers have weathered multiple seasons of abuse, including icy runs down New York's Mt. Marcy, getting banged on rock and stumps, and a slushy crossing of nearby Avalanche Lake, where other bindings' springs froze.

With only two moving parts, there's very little that can go wrong, and if it does, they're simpler to fix than others. The Mountaineer is passive–it won't spring you into your next turn like more expensive bindings, but it's lightweight and secure, and lets you do the rest without breaking the bank. Add climbing wires ($10) for travel on steep terrain; they'll save your calves. $50; 1 lb.; voile-usa.com



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