Building a new NTN binding is a mission 22 Designs set out to do.
The Outlaw, most anticipated binding from the small Idaho company is sure to make some noise.
I had wanted to talk to Chris for a long time. This true step in, simple and though binding have received great critiques and 22 Designs has managed to keep the weight down.
Let’s hear more about this well established Binding company run by Chris and his partner Collins Pringle.
Show Notes for this episode:
Telemark skier Chris is looking up: Paul Kimbrough
Rainey Superloop binding (note from earnyourturns.com)
In 2005, 22 Designs purchased Rainey Designs and continued producing the binding with very minor adjustments to the binding through 2012. They created a free-pivoting version of Hammerhead called Axl that maintained the same underfoot cable routing with easier to adjust power pivot points. The spring system was different than Hammerhead and in an effort to streamline sourcing costs the Vice telemark binding was created, effectively ending production of Hammerhead. It is one of the few, true, legendary telemark binding designs that had an effect on nearly every telemark binding design since its inception although its inventor, Russell Rainey, would be quick to point out even Hammerhead borrowed from other, less successful designs (the Pitbull), only with a better execution.