Telemark Ski Bindings
Before the advent of compression spring cartridges, telemark binding designs relied on expandable springs to compensate for the rise in the heel when turning. Such springs were typically used in conjunction with some sort of flexible cable. Enter the Voile 3-Pin Cable Telemark Binding. Introduced in 1989, the name is a bit of a misnomer. As with all Voile tele bindings, there really is no cable in the conventional sense. Instead, a pair of long, rigid, coiled springs with hooks and a locking heel piece complete the necessary toe-to-heel loop. The springs expand ever so slightly with each telemark turn and can be easily adjusted on the heel end. It's a design that has stood the test of time, and still is very popular with skiers who prefer the comfort and flex of leather and softer-plastic telemark boots. The so-called "cable" assembly hooks to a bomber toe piece akin to that of the Voile Hardwire 3-Pin. Similarly, it can be removed to facilitate climbing and reattached for making turns. At 1 lb, 13 oz. per pair, the Voile 3-Pin Cable binding weighs in like a featherweight and performs like a middleweight. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sold as a pair.
The Voile 3-Pin Cable Traverse Telemark Binding bridges the gap between our Hardwire 3-Pin and 3-Pin Cable bindings. It is an ideal binding for skiers who enjoy long touring days over moderate terrain with occasional steep pitches and prefer softer-plastic or leather boots. The toe piece is essentially the same as that of the Hardwire 3-Pin, being robustly constructed of the same 6016-T6 aluminum and tempered steel toe bail. The 3-Pin Cable Traverse employs a similar, but slightly-lower, heel pad than the Hardwire 3-Pin, but, likewise, offers dual-height climbing elevators. By contrast, 3-Pin Cable Traverse makes use of our time-honored, cable springs, rather than rods and cartridge springs, and drops 11 ounces of weight, per pair, in the process. Unlike the Voile 3-Pin Cable binding, the 3-Pin Cable Traverse mounts to a ramped 10mm riser. (All Voile risers are pre-drilled with a 4-hole pattern that is standard in the industry.) This moderate shim still provides good leverage for tipping the ski without scraping the toe piece, as well as better purchase into the ski core, itself. Versatility on a diet. That's the 3-Pin Cable Traverse. Sold as a pair.
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