If Sondre Norheim could have skied the Voilé X2 Telemark Binding, he might never have left the mountains of Norway for the flatlands of North Dakota.
The X2 sums up 35 years of telemark binding innovation and evolution from Voilé. One of the hallmarks of that body of work is our consistent abandonment of the use of flexible (and breakable) cables. Stranded wires may be great for moving electrons, but for transferring turning forces to a ski, our own tenet of rigid coiled springs, steel rods and spring-loaded cartridges has more than proven itself over time.
In 2007, we took a cue from the randonnée world and introduced the now-legendary, Voilé Switchback, a telemark binding with a foolproof, free-pivot option that greatly facilitates climbing. (And does so with the simple flick of a ski pole.)
Built on the success of the Switchback, the X2 is a beefier, more-active, binding—but still an uphill wonder. And wrapped up in a sleek, minimalist design that a Scandinavian would admire and that lives up to a Voilé credo: Less is ALWAYS more.
Optimized for maximum power transfer, the X2 is augmented with stiffer cartridges, a much-longer toe plate and a boot pivot point relocated 26mm to the rear. The happy result is a powerful binding with superb downhill performance and the added efficiency of much-easier uphill travel. With regard to the latter, the X2 and Switchback, as well as our 3-Pin Hardware, all feature dual-height climbing elevators.
When you reach the top of your toil, just “switch back” to the X2’s downhill mode, and you’ll soon be making turns that would even make Sondre jealous.
Not compatible with the Voilé Release Kit.
Toe plate lengthened for more boot contact and new Hardwire cable position for more power.
Stiffer cartridge springs by 25%.
Full-wrap around stainless steel toe plate without rivets.
Enclosed design eliminates ice build-up.
Lightest weight available, 3.2 lbs/1451.5g/pair.
Appropriate riser height, 25mm.
Time tested Hardwire heel assembly instead of braided cables.
I got these because I needed to replace my bindings due to out of production parts on my old ones. I was worried they would be too heavy duty and would get in the way of just normal cross country skiing. Nothing big mountain- just roads, some smaller hills, variable terrain and breaking trail on light duty metal edge waxless skis. But they work great!! Not using these bindings with plastic boots, just some 75mm boots I had used with my other bindings. Happy with this. I bought the full spare parts kit for taking with me. Looks easy to work on. Love that these are made in the USA.
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When a ski trip will include miles of flats with multiple passes and varied terrain I grab my Karhu XCD Guides with the Swichback bindings. This setup has allowed me to explore the varied terrain of Yellowstone Park with confidence and makes for great powder turns when the opportunity presents itself.
Huge respect to Voile for continuing to make gear for telemark skiers and three pinners.
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These bindings are legit. They are very stable when executing a telemark turn. Having two climbing risers at two difference heights is great for varying terrain while climbing uphill. They have big platforms for your boot to fit in, for more binding to boot contact which always for a controlled turn. Tour mode is effortless to walk in. Tour to ski mode is very user friendly and quick. Make sure ice is cleaned out of the system when locking down tour to ski mode. I enjoy these bindings.
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Short Rod: Part No: 608-130-10 UPC: 759948813011
Standard Rod: Part No: 608-130-20 UPC: 759948813028