From Black Diamond:
"Our inbounds ripper, the O2 binding transmits power from big boots to big skis — it’s the benchmark of precision for today’s aggressive skiers. Underfoot cable routing and powerful compression-spring cartridges keep the ball of your foot firmly on the ski, and as the heel rises, a progressively stiffer flex delivers power. The rear yoke features a rigid wire heelpiece, providing lateral stability and torsional support. Our durable one-piece stainless steel toe box with a variable height toe riser withstands the abuse of hard and fast freeheel skiing. The stiffness of the O2 can be adjusted with the three different compression-spring cartridges to suit your boot flex or skiing style preference."
Skiing Magazine '06:
"Unchanged since last season, the O2 maintains its status as a capable, no-frills binding. With three degrees of stiffness, it accommodates powder floaters, hardpack lowriders, and mini-cliff huckers. That said, the underboot position of cable and cartridges compromise torsional rigidity on harder conditions, even with the stiffest cartridge."
". . . this compression-spring binding utilizes under-the-foot cable routing to improve binding clearance and increase power generation. . . .For today's wider boards, this binding offers serious power. Three types of spring cartridges allow 02 skiers to find just the right flex for their ski and boot type."
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again..The 02 is the more active of the two bindings, feeling much like a Hammerhead in position 3.5. The 03 felt like a slightly more powerful Targa. The 02 is for aggressive in-bounds skiing, while the 03's more neutral feel make it a better choice for earning your turns. Their design borrows from the best ideas out there, but the real world has a way of delivering curve balls.I'd give these bindings another season of abuse by others."
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 315 mm Boot Sole Length
Under 315 mm Boot Sole Length
Choice of three compression-spring cartridges: Stiff FreeFlex, MidStiff, and Ridiculously Stiff.
Weight: 1.41 kg (3 lb 5 oz) MidStiff Pair
Retails for $189.95