Be warned this is a long read and has been prompted by a discussion over on the Meidjo thread but I think this topic needs its own thread and discussion. I encourage you to share your story. We’d all benefit from others contributing and discussing their experiences in this space. Tele kit, history and technique. IMO the elephants in the room discussing Tele bindings are these: 1. Technology Vs technique and 2. subjectivity Vs objectivity. A look at the history of the development also sheds light on what the current situation is. I’ll start with my story, the subjective. I started cross country skiing in the early 70’s. I went on to work as Nordic/Telemark instructor and guide in OZ and Japan for many years (still in Japan). Back when I started, telemarking was the goal for tourers. It became popular in the states in the 70’s and 80’ and that trend of course made its way to Australia. Keep in mind AT was virtually unheard of in Australia and “backcountry” was a farming term for the paddock out the back. Kit in the 70’s was Alpha cross country skiing boots, rat trap bindings and long narrow double camber touring skis. Skis were 40-60 mm underfoot, with very little sidecut, such as the Fisher Europa 99 . We learnt to tele, or so we thought. Those alpha boots were soft like your favourite fireside slippers. Sometime in the very early 80’s. Trak made a stiff soled touring/tele boot. Somewhere in there some genius came up with heel locators. Voile came out with a release binding as knee injuries became more common. Wow, now we could really telemark, easier to learn for beginners. Again in the 80’s, vibram soled boots, from Asolo dominated, stronger uppers, slightly wider skis, such as Fisher Expeditions, the Rottefella Super Tele binding amongst others. Wow, now we could really telemark, easier to learn for beginners. Problems developed though. The pins got ripped due to the stronger pressures from an inflexible boot sole and wider skis, so metal pin plates were attached to protect the essential pin holes at the base of the duck bill. And heel locators, they went out as soon as the stiff soles came in and good riddance. A friend did a severe injury when he dropped into a tele position on the bumps, and as he did he jammed the gristle behind his knee cap into the two prongs of the heel locator! Late 80’s into early 90’s. Plastic fantastic boot revolution, preceeded by plastic uppers and leather lowers, with… buckles and power straps replacing shoe laces More single camber touring skis. Tele became a resort thing and not just a touring skill. Cable bindings with stronger toe retention metalwork helped reduce damage to the pin holes. Wow, now we could really telemark, easier to learn for beginners. The 75mm cable/rat trap combination still exists and evolved through many iterations. Boots became stiffer, higher up the ankle, 4 buckles not 2. Bellows became stiffer. Suddenly cheaper old resort skis were being used for telemarking in preference to expensive specialty tele skis. Wow, now we could really telemark, easier to learn for beginners. And now, all manner of strong stiff bindings, which give even greater control and most importantly, speed up the learning curve, some matched to specialty boots. 22 Designs, NTN, Meijdo etc. Wow, NOW we can really telemark, easier to learn for beginners. These developments have been great and have always progressed the sport. I’ve always moved on when I have seen the advantages for me (totally subjective.) But now, there are no advantages in this technology for many skiers like me, if you can already parrallel and telemark on 75mm equipment. I ride a pretty darn good road bike and would love to have the budget for disc brakes and D12. A pleasure to ride on no doubt, but I don’t need it. I ride a 26 inch MTB (love my Ellesworth Truth still) and haven’t gone over to a 29er, or whatever wheel size is current. Maybe I will try it some time. I don’t always update my car even though it may have some advantages over the one I drive. I really don’t get the hate for 75mm binders and I know it is misplaced. Hence the long outline here to give it some balance. I sometimes skied 9-10 weeks straight in Hokkaido, every day guiding, on telemark skis with Cobra Rottefella cables, resort and backcountry, on wide powder skis, day after day. I never once had a binding break down. My only issue was weak top decks on some skis where the binder pulled out cranking at a resort. Up until about 5 years ago, all our BC customers in Japan were on tele gear 75mm cables mostly. The only real problem was plastic heel cable locks would sometimes break, so I carried various spares for that and a range of cables for some of the popular brands in my day pack. All field serviceable. I did see some Cobra's metalwork break but it never happened to me while skiing. Back when I was actively instructing in Australia we did annual refreshers to maintain accreditation. We often would spend a whole day on the resort, on light weight XC racing skis, telemarking and paralleling. I highly recommend to anyone telemarking or learning, that you try this. Take yourself out of your comfort zone as this is a great way to not only really hone your technique but to also really understand the essentials. This is technique over technology at its purest. I had the best ski job in the world IMO in OZ from 2006 to 2014. I had a 10 week contract to work on an ecological project run by the parks. I was paid to backcountry ski. Some days on some of my routes, for speed, I used BCNNN. Most days though I used Rottefella Cobra and BD01 telemark bindings on Karhu Guides or Rossi BC125. Never one issue or breakage with the bindings. That alone was 10 weeks skiing at least 5 days a week over long distances in the backcountry in all snow and weather conditions for 9 years. Back in the early 90’s, there was an interski held in Japan and I was honoured to have some of the Aussie Nordic reps come up to Hokkaido and have a ski with me. One was the greatest telemark skier of his generation (some would say all time) Peter Mack. It was a pleasure to have telemarked with him. He skied with perfect balance, rhythm and symmetry. He skied fast and probably still does. He used, leather boots even after the clear domination of plastic boots in the tele world. I asked him why. He said he prefers simple things, he likes the feel of leather and he didn't have any trouble telemarking on that kit, leather boots and 75mm binders. Finally, I’ve ordered some Meidjo for my shop in Japan for travelling telemarkers to try. I’m not a luddite. I can see the advantages for many and particularly with the domination of tech boots and bindings in the AT world, this seems a good development. Technology can help speed up your learning curve and that is good, and, again subjective. One thing I really do agree with @Telemark Phat about is this. Step in. It’s a great advantage, particularly if you are in and out of gondolas on the resort. I see that as a great advantage for Meidjo etc.