If you're heading into the backcountry and you need extra ankle support then Paramark has you covered. The high back cuff with ladder strap and ratchet buckle brace your ankle giving great edge control when downhill skiing (Parallel and Telemark!), traversing or kiting. And the toe fixture - webbing and ladder straps and ratchet buckle - allow for a wide range of boot lengths and widths. Oh, and did we mention, you can use virtually any boot with a Paramark binding, no need for dedicated ski boots which are often costly and uncomfortable.
If you already have our NP model then you're most of the way there, all you need is a Paramark cuff and strap assembly. Cheaper and easy to install.
Paramark is the revolutionary ski touring binding you've been waiting for.
Each base plate is cut from a single sheet of 6mm polyethylene - strength and flex are unaffected by the coldest temperatures on Earth and we back it with our lifetime warranty. The narrow flex stem, a key component of Flexi's base plate, provides flex that mimics the fore and aft rocker of your boot, facilitating a comfortable, natural and economical ski stride. The broader base provides torsional stiffness that, together with the heel locators, both eliminates binding side-slip and maximises edging. Hydrophobic plastic and large drainage holes eliminate ice and snow build-up.
NOTE: Paramark's base plate is characterised by round drainage holes.
The boot cage houses your boot onto the base plate. Laser cut from marine-grade aluminium, the cage is married to the base plate using a combination of high-grade stainless steel and aluminium rivets, forming the core of Flexi's functionality. Once combined, Flexi becomes torsionally rigid under the arch and heel of the boot yet flexible across the flex stem, in effect a simile of your boot sole.
The key to Paramark's stability is the ankle cuff. Similar to a snowboard binding highback, the cuff provides stiffness to boots with little or no ankle support, allowing you to edge, turn and traverse. It attaches to the rear cam slots using stainless bolts and Nylocs, easy to remove if you want to change to our strap systems for an extreme-cold polar trip. The high-quality Italian-made ratchet buckles couple with ladder straps to lock your boot in. Easy in, easy out.
A similar ratchet buckle is riveted to a 25mm webbing strap that attaches to the cam slots on the front of the binding. The no-tools strap allows for fast and easy adjustment to your boot bulk. A ladder strap, attached via stainless bolt and Nyloc to the inside couples with the ratchet buckle to complete the assembly. Secure yet so adaptable.
The cam slots in the side-walls give you a multitude of interchangeable options and adjustments. You can alter the toe strap length, shift the position of the toe ladder strap forward and back and swap out Paramark's cuff assembly with NP's cold-climate straps.
The combined base plate and boot cage stiffness provides adequate torsional rigidity under normal skiing conditions. To facilitate maximum ski edging on steep ice, Flexi incorporates a unique heel locator system. Two lugs on the underside of Flexi's base plate locate either side of a 14mm heel plate mounted to the ski. Heel slip is entirely eliminated, even under the most extreme edge loading, keeping your boot firmly and squarely on top of the ski...where it should be!
Flexi is secured to the ski using a 2.5mm anodised aluminium mounting plate and four Posi-Drive screws. The stress placed on a binding is maximised during severe edging, yet the mounting plate, together with the heel locators, equalises the load across the entire base plate, reducing stress to a minimum.
Pronation and supination are anatomical conditions that cause excessive inward or outward rolling of one or both feet. Pronation (outward roll) in particular is a relatively common condition. A symptom while skiing is a tendency for the ski to rotate onto the inside (or outside) edge, particularly skis with a narrow waist (50mm or less). This can be extremely debilitating during long ski trips and it is important to set the foot in a neutral or flat ski position. To accommodate this, Icetrek has designed the Multi-Shim, a plate with multiple mounting hole patterns that is fixed to the ski and onto which the binding is mounted. Skiers can offset mount for moderate or severe pronation or supination. You can also mount forward or back of the balance chord. And don't worry if you need to re-position on the Multi-Shim, you can readjust as often as you like, perfect for rental situations.
The heel shim serves the same function as the multi-shim, allowing the heel plate to be offset by the same factor as the binding. The heel shim mounts permanently to the ski and the heel plate screws to the shim. For Flexi Paramark the heel plate is mounted with its long axis perpendicular to the ski.
Weight: 1450g / 51oz (including multi-shims, heel plates, mounting plates, cuffs, straps, buckles and fasteners)
Shipping weight: 1.75kg / 62oz
Base Plate: 6mm polyethylene
Boot Cage: aluminium
Mounting Plate: aluminium, anodised
Heel Plate: 14mm polyethylene
Heel Shim: 6mm polyethylene
Ankle Cuff: 2mm polyethylene
Ladder straps: Hytrel
Rathchet buckles: high-grade Italian-made
Minimum ski waist width required: 45mm
Made in: Australia