We are big fans of the 3 pin (75mm ) system. This boot binding combination is sturdy, offers great ski control, is light, and tours really well. They are also plentiful and inexpensive. If you have some classic old leather Asolos or Merrells (or Fabiano’s, Scarpas, Heierlings, Alicos…) and some 3 pins, Hoks are a great way to put them to use. This year we are offering a Heel Piece Kit. The kit includes the custom heel pieces, designed to use inserts in the ski for no drill mounting, and adjustable to fit any size 3 pin boot. Along with the heel pieces, all the machine screws for mounting your 3 pins are included, along with a packet of threadlocker to keep the screws from loosening in the inserts. Screw size is M6 (6 mm) and lengths are 16 mm for the heel pieces and 12 mm for the toe pieces. This is an inexpensive and effective way to get going on a pair of Hoks.
Are your 3 pins compatible?
There are two types of 3 pin bindings with different hole patterns. We sell the heavy duty ones (called tele norm) that were introduced in the mid 80s with the resurgence of telemark skiing. they have a longer (more spread out) hole pattern and take boots with a thicker toe tab (the ‘duck bill’ on the front of the boots). The new heavy duty backcountry boots by Fischer, Alpina, and Rossignol also have this thicker toe tab.
For more information and some images check out this PDF