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Dynafit TLT Superlite 2.0 10 Review

Lightweight, proven bindings that can be pressed into all-around use
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Price:  $550 List | $376.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Light, reliable, proven, optional brake.
Cons:  Limited release adjustment, no length adjustment, small heel lift range
Manufacturer:   Dynafit
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 11, 2020
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RANKED
#6 of 14
  • Touring Performance - 30% 6
  • Downhill performance - 25% 5
  • Weight - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Durability - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Dynafit TLT Super Light 2.0 is, as compared to other options of comparable mass, a long-standing and well-regarded product. There are millions of hours of use on this binding that we call on in our assessment. In our testing, we found them to be reliable, but a little unsophisticated as compared to the competition. In this same weight class, you can find better brakes, more length adjustment, more heel riser choice, arguably better downhill performance, or a combination of these. None of the other options are as proven as the Dynafit Super Light.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Dynafit Speed Superlight is now a venerable product. Years ago, it was the first binding we can think of that added adjustable release to skimo race-style bindings. It continues in that same category, with the most recent iteration offering an optional brake and, with two different sub models, a broader range of release values. The form is indeed "super light", but there are compromises. None of these compromises are all that different from other products in this weight class.

Performance Comparison


Pair the TLT Speed Super Light with little skis for high energy missions. Or with big guns for deep and tough snow. Here  paired with skinny skis in stormy powder skiing.
Pair the TLT Speed Super Light with little skis for high energy missions. Or with big guns for deep and tough snow. Here, paired with skinny skis in stormy powder skiing.

Touring Performance


Touring performance is a function of heel risers, icing propensity, and toe piece range of motion. The Speed Superlight has two "official" heel levels and an improvised third. None of these three are all that different from one another. The issue with the "improvised" flat-on-ski mode is that the heel piece is easily bumped into downhill mode. Other reviews and users report use of this "flat on ski" mode, but we didn't find it useful.

The minimalist form of the Superlight catches less snow and icing than bulkier bindings. The plastic housing of the heel piece seems to pick up just a little more than metal versions on other models. The toe piece offers all the range of motion you could use. We only mention this latter-most point because some beefier bindings have at least somewhat limited toe pivot range. No lightweight or all-around tech bindings have any issues with toe pivot range.

The two main heel lift levels of the TLT Superlight. They aren't that different and are difficult to swap with your pole basket. But they do the job.
The two main heel lift levels of the TLT Superlight. They aren't that different and are difficult to swap with your pole basket. But they do the job.

Downhill Performance


The Speed Superlight holds your boot to your ski. That's about all you need to know about its downhill performance. It isn't sophisticated, but it has long been proven. People skiing with high energy, on big skis and boots, have used this binding, successfully, in high consequence terrain. In fact, all that has been skied, has been skied on bindings even lighter than the Speed Superlight 2.0. The release values are adjustable, but not recognized by DIN/ISO. Other bindings in this weight class now include sorts of "elasticity" and "forward pressure" that the Speed Superlight does not include. These lightweight interpretations of alpine binding attributes, seen in other bindings, don't seem to matter at all. None of our test team could notice the difference between the Speed Superlight and one or more of the lightweight bindings that include more springs in the heel piece.

The TLT Speed Superlight puts you closer to the ski than most. This low "stack height" could appeal to you. More than likely  though  you wouldn't notice the difference in backcountry skiing.
The TLT Speed Superlight puts you closer to the ski than most. This low "stack height" could appeal to you. More than likely, though, you wouldn't notice the difference in backcountry skiing.

Ease of Use


Simple is easy to use. The Speed Superlight 2.0 is simple. Transitions require bending over, but that's ok and more common than not. Only with an aftermarket part can you adjust the Superlight for different boots. This is okay if you can commit to one pair of boots. We didn't test the brake but know that reliable reports from other users indicate that it is more fiddly and annoying than is likely worthwhile.

Weight


Yes, these are "super light". Less than a pound for a pair of ski bindings is great. For such reliably functioning bindings, it is remarkable. Specifically, the Dynafit Speed Superlight 2.0 weighs .89 pounds for a pair of them, including mounting screws. To go lighter than this, you will give up at least something. You definitely give up the opportunity to add brakes. You likely give up release adjustment and one level of heel riser.

You will notice the light weight of the TLT Speed Superlight on the uphill way more than you will notice any compromises to downhill performance.
You will notice the light weight of the TLT Speed Superlight on the uphill way more than you will notice any compromises to downhill performance.

Durability


We had no problems with the Superlight 2.0. Our test team, outside of direct OGL testing, has experience with the Superlight that gives us a great deal of confidence in its reliability. Thousands of these bindings are in use, and have been in use, in serious and sustained circumstances. There have been multiple iterations of this product, but changes have been subtle and unlikely to affect durability.

The TLT Speed Superlight is a design that has held up for years now. We expect it to continue to do so.
The TLT Speed Superlight is a design that has held up for years now. We expect it to continue to do so.

Value


For the mass, these aren't inexpensive. You spend more for less binding, to a point. For the reliability and weight savings, they are right in the mix. When you spend the dollars on this binding, your greatest value might be that the design is proven and tested for years now. Other lightweight products perform better, and many of them are holding up in our testing. But the Dynafit Superlight has a longer history than all of them.

These are optimized for quick uphill travel and snappy transitions to miles and miles of skiing.
These are optimized for quick uphill travel and snappy transitions to miles and miles of skiing.

Conclusion


We recommend these bindings. Newer offerings, in the same weight class from other companies are more sophisticated in one way or another. But the Dynafit is proven and saves a few more grams over the nearest competition. The option to add a brake sets it apart, but one should proceed with enthusiasm tempered by reliable reports that the brakes are unappealing.

Jediah Porter