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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: O3

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

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Page By: alpine climber

Created/Edited: Oct 24, 2007 / Oct 24, 2007

Object ID: 4193

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Product Description

From Black Diamond:
"This tele binding is for skiers who prefer a classic, neutral-feeling binding, but can do without the slop of old school cable bindings. With a less active flex, the O3 backs off a little on power, but keeps the driver firmly in control. The softer, traditional feel of this binding creates less resistance during deep-knee turns, but the underfoot cable routing maintains positive contact with the sole of your boot for greater control and ski stability. O3s are available with three cartridge options for customizing stiffness to provide predictable and precise control over the ski and the ability to distribute force during the entire turn."

www.bdel.com/gear/o3.php

Telemarkski.com:
"The 03 is a more neutral, touring friendly design than the 02 and is a good choice for backcountry skiers or those who spend lots of time in soft snow - a solid alternative to the G3 Targa or Rottefella R4 bindings."

Backcountry Magazine:
"BD's 03 is in many ways a simpler 02. . . . . The difference seems-after testing both bindings side by side with a variety of boots-to allow softer boots, in particular, to flex more freely, and overall, delivers a smoother flex regardless of boot type. A more forward cable flex point also makes the 03 more touring-friendly than the 02."

Coulior Magazine:
"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 Tour-Friendly Flex
- Choice of 3 Spring Rates
- Integrated Anti-Icing
- 29.0 mm Lift
- K2 Insert compatible.

Choice of two compression-spring cartridges: MidStiff and Ridiculously Stiff.

Uses: Steep Chutes, Lift Access, Varied Terrain, Touring

Weight: 1.33 kg (2 lb 15 oz) MidStiff Pair

One Size Fits All

Retails for $159.95

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