ATK Bindings, Part 2: Product Lineup & Design Differences (Ep.200)

In part two of our GEAR:30 podcast conversation with ATK CEO, Davide Indulti, we discuss ATK’s current binding lineup; the design differences between their four collections: Race, Speed Touring, Touring, & Free Touring; how Davide thinks ATK bindings stack up against the competition; some new products that are in the works; and more.
Just a few of ATK's bindings

In part two of our conversation with ATK CEO (and one of ATK’s chief product testers), Davide Indulti, we discuss ATK’s current binding lineup; the design differences between their four collections: Race, Speed Touring, Touring, & Free Touring; how Davide thinks ATK bindings stack up against the competition; some new products that are in the works; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES

  • Overview: ATK’s 4 binding categories (1:33)
  • ATK Kuluar binding (5:14)
  • Kuluar vs. RT & Crest bindings (10:11)
  • ATK Raider 12 (12:34)
  • Testing products 80-90 days per winter (15:22)
  • Brakes Placement: Front vs. Rear (19:30)
  • ATK Raider 12 cont. (23:10)
  • ATK Freeraider bindings (31:14)
  • Downhill performance differences (35:47)
  • Sneak Peeks (42:39)
  • Releasability (50:45)
  • ATK vs. Salomon & Marker bindings (56:46)
  • What We’re Celebrating (1:00:57)

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6 comments on “ATK Bindings, Part 2: Product Lineup & Design Differences (Ep.200)”

  1. I was excited to hear part 2, and I feel Jonathan did as well as possible, but this discussion left me with more questions than answers.

    For example, what do the spacers under the boot do and why/when do I want them. “They eliminate the space between the boot and ski that exists on other tech bindings.” Check, but what does this mean to me?

    Also, I am no closer to determining which of the many ATK offerings is the right binding for me.

  2. I can tell you from experience the freeride spacer makes a massive difference. It is night and day.

    I put them on my Ion LT and I won’t ski without it.

    Anytime conditions are less than perfect pow it is worth having it. Better control and power transmission, and way more suspension and a less fatiguing ride

    • I think what EZ-D meant is how does the spacer make that difference, like how does an actual solid material mean it’s better than air? Is it “dampening” akin to suspension on a mountain bike?

  3. A T K also is branded with Elan , they matched up perfect with the Elan Ripstick and I couldn’t be happier the skis performed great in any condition that I came across and trust me it was a odd year in Montana . For the past 6 years my primary resort skis have been rip sticks with attack bindings , other than the weight difference I felt the performance equaled my resort set up on the on the down . Thanks great product .

  4. Brake on toe better because your boot is in toe both on ups and downs. Not true on heel on the up – so it needs a lock mechanism on the heel. Sounded like Jonathan wasn’t convinced in this.

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