Adjustable “Turnamic” bindings

by Bob Truman on December 1, 2017

in Gear

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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

Fischer Turnamic binding is set for maximum glide

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. 

Fischer Turnamic bindings

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.

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1 Henry L December 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

The hills are alive with the sound of Turnamic bindings being adjusted -)

Nice little video from the von Trapp family cabin because it shows the adjustment when the binding is a bit snowed up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NcokjdO3Js

Thanks, Henry. Good find, excellent demo video. I’ve added it into the body of my post. -Bob

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2 MaSid December 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Is the adjustment lever/mechanism and movement prone to icing up? Especially if gaps where snow can get in. Perhaps a follow up report would be good after some use in various conditions. G-3 had a tele binding that would fully hinge for touring. But was prone to jamming up with a bit of ice. Had to carry a lighter to heat it up, but at least it was metal. All good in theory, but not so much in practical use. Less of an issue of course in this situation as it’s just an efficiency improvement, not two completely different modes. I’ve had many issues on warm days with my light touring gear mechanism (the auto version, not the flip lock) if I stop for a while after touring through fresh snow without clearing the pin slot or sticking them in the snow vertically facing the sun.

I used them again today and realized a few limitations. The plastic tab which you have to lift would worry me in very cold weather that it might snap off. On the other hand, if it’s really cold, I wouldn’t want to be mucking around with bare hands so I’d probably not do anything. The bindings are easy enough to move back, but more challenging to move forward because when you lift the tab, it pulls towards the back of the ski, so you’re working against yourself. I’m not very good when it comes to doing these things, so there’s probably an easier way which I haven’t discovered. You’re correct, the underside of the tab could fill with snow and ice up. I’m surprised at how much of a difference it makes in the grip and glide for moving the binding such a small distance. -Bob

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