Much like the carpenter, a skier is often no better than his equipment. Fit matters, weight matters and material matters, which is why freeride pros Eric Hjorleifson and Fredrik Andersson combined their decades of ski experience as inspiration for the Dynafit Beast 16 Binding. Available only in a limited run of 2,500, these bindings employ a frameless, independent heel-toe system targeted toward the ambitious freerider capable of mastering any terrain. These maverick experts had one goal from the onset: make an alpine touring binding with top downhill performance that also maintains ascent excellence. With a DIN value (release strength) of 16, an optimum pivot angle for climbing and a weight of only 2 pounds, we’d say they’ve accomplished that in spades.