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Alpine touring bindings have been available in the states for decades, but Mini Me-sized toepieces have never inspired confidence.

Boulder, Colorado-based Backcountry Access (of Alpine Trekker fame) may renew our faith with a new binding of Jack Black proportions. This month it'll begin distributing the Swiss-made Naxo, the first AT binding to date with a burly, alpine-style toepiece. BCA says it passes all the same release/retention tests as our trusty Salomons-a claim we look forward to testing.