Page Type: Gear Review
Object Title: O1
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
Created/Edited: Oct 24, 2007 / Oct 24, 2007
Object ID: 4189
From Black Diamond:
"A revolution in binding design, the O1 has become the benchmark in reliable downhill power and control with the added bonus of resistance-free touring for uphill efficiency. Push-button activation toggles between ski/tour modes with the simple touch of your ski pole tip. In tour mode, a smooth ergonomic pivot point just behind the pin line offers efficient climbing; in ski mode, underfoot cable routing and a pair of compression-spring cartridges deliver unmatched power and a predictable, progressive flex for precision downhill performance. A one-piece stainless steel toe box and solid-wire yoke heelpiece add torsional support and lateral control. With three cartridge options for customizing stiffness, the O1 is the ultimate, no-compromise freeheel binding."
"Black Diamond raises the bar once again with the O1 binding. The O1 brings touring ease to the new-school active tele binding, combining a push-button conversion to a free-pivot tour mode with a highly active ski mode system achieved through its underfoot cable routing and compression spring cartridges."
"Not only does it provide relentless power and stability on big lines, but it's got a killer touring device as well... uncompromised touring efficiency, where neither the boot nor binding cables work against you...if you take your skiing seriously, this is the binding for you."
"The 01 returns unchanged for its second year. Thank goodness. Cable cartridges underfoot - available in 'freeflex,' 'mid stiff,' and 'ridiculously stiff' - drive power to the ski on the downhill. But the best part of the 01 is its touring mechanism. A simple press of a toggle offers a frictionless pivot of the stainless steel toe piece, allowing you to ascend unhindered by either boot or binding. The only downside is that on super cold days the toe piece is occasionally reluctant to snap back in to place, creating a slight panic until it finally does."
"I'd never known the pleasures of frictionless touring before my virgin ride on the 01. It remains my fave, thanks to its easy push-button mode switch and lots of power. The Ridiculously Stiff cartridges are really aggressive and the Mid-Stiff still kind-of aggressive. If, like me, you question the need for serious power outside the resort, remember, you can have all the power you want when you've got a tour mode to completely free your heels on the way up. It's not uncommon to be dealing with icing issues with the 01, but the cure is usually quick and simple - stomp hard."
"BD's 01 boasts a frictionless pivot under the toe that makes skinning up steeps as much fun as bombing back down them. Underfoot cable routing keeps the cartridges out of the way. A bombproof one-piece stainless-steel toe box holds your boot securely. And three spring flexes make it easy to tweak the 01 to skier weight, style, or terrain."
Check out www.telemarktips.com/Details1.html for a detailed comparison of the O1 and G3 Targa Ascent.
Features- One-piece Toe Plate
- Progressive Active Flex
- Choice of 3 Spring Rates
- Full-coverage Skid Plate
- 27.5 mm Lift
Uses: Steep Chutes, Lift Access, Varied Terrain, Touring
Over 305 mm
- Fits boots sizes 25.5+ in Scarpa/25.0+ in Garmont & Crispi.
Under 305 mm
- Fits sizes 22-26 in Scarpa/22-25.5 in Garmont & Crispi.
*Boot size is the ENTIRE length of the sole, measured from the tip of the duck bill to the end of the heel.
Weight: 1.68 kg (3 lb 11 oz) Std. MidStiff Pair
Available in the following cartridge stiffnesses:
- FreeFlex Small
- MidStiff Small
- Ridiculously Stiff
Retails for $299.95