The Rossignol Xplore Cross Country Bindings enter a new realm for their cross country and backcountry offerings. This is a dual-purpose binding that is equally at home on groomed trails as it off the beaten path and into the back country. Rossignol has now stepped into the pin-tech world with the Xplore. With a spring- pin located on each side of the binding, you simply line up the pins with tech toe inserts in a compatible boot and step right in. (Needs to be compatible with a proper tech toe boot like the Rossignol XP 12) This offers the purest hands- free step in convenience on the market today, and gives you a number of advantages over conventual cross country bindings. First and foremost, it offers a more efficient and natural stride while climbing and striding. More importantly, it also gives you a wider connection point and increased lateral support that adds stability, increased power and control when skiing downhill. It best compares to a simplified version of today's AT or Randonnée bindings toe, but without a heel piece or a DIN for the toe. Whether you are touring at your local cross-country center on groomed terrain or off the beaten path, or choose to explore the backcountry and make some real tele-type turns down virgin snow, the Xplore will take you there. Buit to expand your skiing experience, the Rossignol Xplore Cross Country Bindings will help you ascend, descend, and hike on groomed trails or make fresh tracks with more stability and control.