Backcountry touring with the Rottefella Xplore binding system

Feb 16, 2024 | Cross Country Skiing, Featured Products, Latest News, Nordic, Skis, Uncategorized

Rotefella Xplore

Ski Haus has a NEW fleet of Rottefella Xplore equipped demo skis all set up and ready to ski so Matt took the opportunity to test this new technology back to back with the classic NNN BC set up on a local favorite, the 1A West Summit Loop on Rabbit Ears Pass.  The Xplore system looks to combine the best elements of classic 3-pin and NNN BC binding systems to provide an excellent touring binding that also performs on descents and has the ability to drive the wider bc skis now available.

3 pin and NNN BC binding systems

3 pin and NNN BC binding systems

The 75mm wide 3 pin systems have a great amount of contact around the boot toe piece to provide leverage when turning the skis, but require the skier to flex the boot sole significantly with every stride.  For the newer NNN BC systems the boot pivots easily around the toe bar and with minimal sole flex but has a narrower contact point with which to drive the ski when turning.

Boot soles

Boot soles

The Xplore system (as seen on the right) pivots easily around the pins when touring (similar in performance to NNN BC) but spaces them 75mm apart (like 3 pin systems) to provide turning leverage, AND adds in a climbing heel lift and a quick release function as well!

You can try this system out for yourself with a Ski Haus demo featuring the Rossignol XP 12 Xplore boots and XP120 ski, or for the final word from the master of all things Nordic see the video below for Murray’s impressions testing the very first Xplore system on Rabbit Ears a few seasons ago.

Video Of Our First Rotteffella Xplore Binding/Boot Test Day