I test drove my new skis for the first time yesterday on the Great Divide, but the innovative Fischer Turnamic bindings were what I was really interested in testing.
Update: Henry discovered this video which explains everything much better than I can: Turnamic binding system demo
Sliding the system forward provides more grip, while sliding it back will noticeably improve glide. You can do all this on the trail without any tools.
I started out in the neutral position and everything seemed to be working well with good grip and smooth, fast glide. You never know exactly where your wax pocket is going to be until you’ve been on the snow, but I waxed according to the paper test and it was spot on.
On the return, after climbing back up the hill from the divide, I adjusted the binding for maximum glide and I did experience a noticeable improvement. I can’t wait to try them on a trail with very steep hills like Elk Pass.
You can read more about these bindings on Fischer Sports.