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Upcoming Rottefella Back Country binding system & boots

Post by MCWyeth » Fri May 11, 2018 8:52 pm

I stumbled across this new Rottefella Back Country binding system on page 18/19 in Rottefella’s 2019 product catalog. Does anyone have any information about this?
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It looks like a replacement for the slightly more rugged backcountry systems like NNN-BC or SNS X-Adventure. It pivots on steel pins, but you can see that it also has a toe bumper. So we can assume this is tailored specifically for something like longer rolling backcountry terrain, or XCD (Steve Barnett style Xross-Country-Downhill).

Interestingly enough the mechanism to disconnect the boot from the binding seems to be a cable that runs through the entire sole of the boot (cable exits at the heel), which obviously causes the spring-loaded pins on both sides of the toe to retract. This allows it to connect and disconnect from what looks like a extremely simple binding with no moving parts.

I also found a video on Rottefella’s YouTube site that had a couple of shots of one of their designers working on the system at 0:24 seconds:
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It looks like he has a boot in front of him, that has a large white a capital letter A on the heel. At first I thought this was an Alpha (of Norway) boot, but it doesn't seem to have the exact same logotype as Alpha. Does anyone have any information on who is working on this system (boots, or an OEM badged binding) with Rottefella?

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Re: Upcoming Rottefella Back Country binding system & boots

Post by MCWyeth » Fri May 11, 2018 8:56 pm

Can anyone tell me why the youtube embed syntax doesn't work?
Either way, here is the full YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3utjZ8dAiII&t=0m24s

and here are some screenshots:
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Re: Upcoming Rottefella Back Country binding system & boots

Post by Neuro » Sat May 12, 2018 6:00 am

Interesting, but quite limited market obviously.

(about Youtube embed, you must remove the s in https)

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Re: Upcoming Rottefella Back Country binding system & boots

Post by MCWyeth » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:27 am

Just took a look at the upcoming 2019/2020 winter season's Rottefella catalog, and this new System is not in there at all. Does anyone have any inside info on what happened to it?

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Re: Upcoming Rottefella Back Country binding system & boots

Post by JeffOYB » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:36 am

interesting!

XC and Tele are both stuck in dilemmas.

Alpine Touring has clobbered Tele due to its lighter gear -- for both boots and bindings and maybe also skis. AT wins.

But AT is more about skinning. To me this leaves an opening for XC/BC/Tele to dominate the rolling hardwoods -- which of course is most of snow country. ...Striding and turning. Could that be a thing?

Compare the populations near rolling hardwoods to that near alpine areas...
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