If it says GripWalk on it, it’s got GripWalk in it.
Over the past few seasons, ski boots have started to evolve with a new type of sole that makes walking incredibly easy for you. With the popularity of Alpine Touring Equipment gaining in popularity due to its easy walking, GripWalk will be coming soon to a ski boot for you, but there are some things you need to know first.
GripWalk Soles are made from a slightly softer durometer plastic/rubber that provide better traction making walking on hard surfaces, snow, ice, rocks and slippery ski lodge bathroom floors much easier.
Not only do GripWalk Soles provide better traction, they have a rockered toe piece that allows for your foot to give your foot a little bit of a natural roll with each stride.
What do I need to know about GripWalk?
Now that you know what GripWalk is, there is a very important thing that you must be informed about. GripWalk Boot Soles are not compatible with all ski bindings. While binding manufacturers are making adaptations and bindings compatible with Standard DIN Alpine Soles, we highly recommend you taking your boots and bindings into a shop to ensure compatibility if you are using a GripWalk sole.
Since the softer, rockered toe piece of a GripWalk Sole has different specs and dimensions, the toe height of standard DIN Alpine bindings will not be compatible. This toe height on the sole has a much different shape and height, that if used with a standard DIN Alpine Binding the chances of pre-releasing are very high.
How can I tell if my Binding is Compatible with GripWalk?
Bindings that are compatible with GripWalk boot soles may have toe height adjustments that allow for the proper clearance and retention to prevent pre-releasing. As binding manufactures are adapting to this new style of ski boot sole, they are developing bindings that may not need this adjustment.
If you have purchased new boots that have a GripWalk Sole, we strongly encourage you to take them to a certified binding technician to verify its compatibility. It’s much better to be safe rather than sorry. No one wants a pre-release on the mountain.
What are some Examples of Bindings that are Compatible with GripWalk?
Going into the 2018-19 ski season there are several bindings that are compatible with GripWalk Boot Soles.
Just a few examples are:
Marker Griffon 13 ID
Marker Squire 11 ID
Look SPX 12 Dual
Tyrolia Attack2 13 GW
Tyrolia Attack2 11 GW
Salomon Warden MNC 13
Salomon Warden MNC 11
Again, we cannot stress enough, that you should bring your boots and bindings into a certified binding technician to be sure on their compatibility with each other.
Are my System Ski Bindings Compatible with GripWalk?
This is going to be an increasingly frequent question as GripWalk is becoming more and more popular. If you have purchased system skis recently there is a possibility that they are compatible with GripWalk, the only way to know for certain is if they have a GripWalk Stamp on them. If you purchased system skis longer than two seasons ago, they most likely do not have compatibility with GripWalk Boot Soles.
GripWalk Boot Soles are becoming increasingly popular, but ensuring a safe connection between your boots and bindings is paramount.