CAST Touring—a binding company founded in 2012 by Vermont brothers and Freeride World Tour athletes Lars and Silas Chickering-Ayers—has announced the release of its all-new Pivot Freetour. CAST’s previous model, the SI&I, was a modular binding platform that allowed traditional alpine bindings to be mounted to a ski via a series of plates that allowed the ski to tour uphill. One plate added a climbing bail to the heel piece, while the other allowed the toe piece to be switched out with a pin-tech toe for the ascent. It was compatible with a variety of binding models.
The new model relies on the Look Pivot binding platform, with the goal being to provide the tried-and-true performance of the Pivot downhill binding—28 mm of vertical heel travel, 45 mm of lateral toe travel, incredible power transmission and reliable release—in a package that allows for lightweight, efficient touring. Instead of multiple plates combining with an alpine binding to allow for uphill travel, the Pivot Freetour is a fully integrated binding.
The heel piece utilizes the classic, trusted Pivot turntable design with integrated lightweight climbing bails that can be used in the 0-, 8- and 12.5-degree modes. By flipping a switch and stomping down, the brakes are lifted up and locked for tour mode.
The toe employs a plate that accommodates both a Pivot and CAST custom-developed pin-tech toe piece. Both toe pieces slide onto the plate and into an “autolock” position, which can be disengaged for conversion via a low profile slider.
Additional features include an integrated ski crampon clip in the tech toe and easy-to-swap anti-friction devices that accommodate alpine SO 5355 AFDs and walk to ride (WTR) AFDs.
The Pivot Freetour will be available in both 4-14 DIN and 8-18 DIN versions, and is now available for pre-sale. A $20 deposit will get potential buyers on a waiting list to help facilitate the earliest ship date in the fall, and will also give them a 10-percent off discount code to be used at point-of-sale.