THE BEAST IS THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE TÜV-CERTIFIED FRAMELESS DYNAFIT (“TECH”) STYLE BINDING BASED ON DIN ISO 13992 STANDARDS.
Boulder, Colorado - After a successful global launch of its BEAST 16 free touring binding in 2013, DYNAFIT has officially earned the “TÜV Certified” quality seal based on DIN ISO 13992 standards. TÜV Süd, a global technical examination and safety certification agency – which substantively approved the binding’s safety release performance this past spring – has now made the certification official, thus guaranteeing appropriate release values as compared to traditional alpine ski bindings. This certification confirms the BEAST 16 is the world’s first DIN-certified frameless touring binding to enter the market.
Since it debuted in the fall of 2013, the award-winning BEAST 16 has received numerous accolades from Backcountry Magazine, Powder Magazine, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Freeskier Magazine, and an array of trusted online media sources. In the various reviews, the BEAST 16 has been touted as a touring-capable Freeride binding offering optimal performance on ski descents thanks to an industry-leading release value of 16 and a low stack height, combined with an easy and comfortable frameless system ski ascents.
The industry-leading, proven (and often copied) DYNAFIT frameless system, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, reduces the “lifted” weight for each uphill stride and offers optimal pivot point placement. DYNAFIT’s decision to equip the tried-and-tested system with necessary handling characteristics for Freeride descents was a logical one. The BEAST 16 is equipped with a sophisticated release mechanism. It releases both at the toe piece and heel unit, plus the rotating toe piece is constructed to resist early release from lateral impacts. With its particularly low stack height of 17 mm at the toe and 23 mm at the heel, skiers benefit from near-perfect contact with the ski. Additionally, the BEAST 16 offers high torsional stability thanks to its wide base plate and low ramp angle for fluid ski performance.
According to Chris Sword, President of DYNAFIT North America, “It was just a matter of time before we received formal acknowledgement regarding the TÜV Certification for the BEAST 16. Substantively, the BEAST 16 passed the laboratory and practical tests for TÜV certification in early 2014. This recent news merely solidifies our position as leaders in the DYNAFIT “tech” binding market. Although it was never a question of safety or dependability for us, we’re happy the TÜV Süd agency has chosen to certify products like the BEAST 16 which are embraced by modern backcountry skiers the world-over who demand lightweight and solid uphill and downhill performance.”
The BEAST 16 is a next-generation development of the DYNAFIT TLT Series. As early as 1994, a predecessor of the BEAST 16 had already earned TÜV certification – the TLT4 was certified based on DIN 7891 standards (the predecessor standard of the current DIN ISO 13992 standard), which was valid at that time for safety release bindings. That made TLT4 the first ski touring pin binding ever to earn the TÜV seal of approval.
World renowned professional freeskiers have also embraced the BEAST 16. Freeride pro and DYNAFIT athlete Eric ‘Hoji’ Hjorleifson has tested the binding extensively and is enthusiastic about this next-generation of the Tourlite Tech Series, noting: “Today’s skiers need gear that achieves the highest performance whether they’re jumping, skiing in-bounds, or headed into the backcountry.”
About DYNAFIT North America
DYNAFIT, the world’s only full-time, full-line backcountry ski brand, is a subsidiary of Salewa International, based in Bolzano, Italy. Salewa International is a family-owned business with global operations, specializing in premium outdoor consumer products. Boulder, Colorado based Salewa North America manages the USA/Canada sales, operations, marketing, distribution, and customer service functions for the Salewa brand, along with DYNAFIT (based in Munich, Germany), Pomoca (based in Aubonne, Switzerland), and rock climbing brand Wild Country (based in Tideswell, U.K.) www.DYNAFIT.com
| Eric Henderson | Dynafit North America | Eric.Henderson@Salewa,com | 303.444.0446|