Every day, Thousands of heels get locked into alpine bindings across the world. They are trapped for hours at a time, only to be released during boot packs and après sessions. That's why we at Bishop have created the "Free the Heel" Beanie. For less than the cost of a 30 rack of PBR, you can purchase this beanie and support our cause. 100% of proceeds of this headwear goes towards Freeing heels everywhere. Please, Think of the Heels.
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Chedi is a loyal, hard charging, fun loving all-mountain, quiver-of-one ski for the Colorado rocky mountains (and beyond). Designed by tele skiers for tele skiers. This daily driver has an early rise tip, camber underfoot, and a flat tail with "release rocker". We think it is the perfect balance of float, stability at speed, and playful performance.
The engineering team here at Bishop partnered with experienced ski designers and builders to combine the best elements of modern ski shape and construction, with our BMF bindings and the freeheel skier in mind: reinforced under foot for tele binding mount, stiffer, flat-ish tail, camber underfoot, and a mid stiff shovel. The early rise tip is not too far back to keep the ski stable at speed and through crud, but there is enough there to float you and prevent the tele tumble in powder. Perfect match for our BMF bindings with a 100mm brake. It will also rip for fixed heel skiers if you don't bend the knee to freeheel... yet.
The Chedi ski is named after Dave's family Bernese mountain dog Chedi. There is a long history behind products named for beloved pets at Bishop. The original Bishop telemark binding designed by Fin Doyle in 2001 was named after his dog, Bishop. Chedi passed away last November from cancer at age 9. She was a loyal friend, loved all things winter, and came on many backcountry adventures with us. Her spirit lives on in this loyal, daily driver, fun loving, all mountain ski.
Show your freeheel style summer and winter with this trucker hat. Also, great for touring to keep the sun off of your face and your head cool as you motor on up for earned freeheel turns.
Bamboo is an amazing material with the tensile strength of steel and a compressive strength greater than concrete. When cut to the length of a ski pole, the species of bamboo that we use provides the perfect combination of rigidity and flexibility so it wont snap or kink like aluminum.
That's why we're offering a Bishop Bamboo Pole. Take you're pole plants to the next level, and stand out in the lift line, with some signature Bishop Sticks!
If and when you want to make the switch to NTN boots, simply unbolt your BMFs from your switch plate, and mail them to Bishop HQ. We will swap your your 75mm Toe Pieces with NTN compatible parts, as well as provide a full Binding Inspection to repair or replace any worn parts if needed, Lather on a layer of Binding Butter, and complete a full "Tune Up" of your bindings.
We highly recommend that you send them to us, although we do understand that there are certain circumstances that will make that difficult, so In those cases we will offer the parts to ship. Unless you are a do it yourself person with moderate mechanical skills, we suggest letting the experts take care of it.
Instructions for the swap will be available online shortly and will be provided with shipment.
Are you ready for unsurpassed telemark performance, convenience, durability, and touring?
Sick of trying to flip a heel clip in while your ski slides away? Or fighting with "step-in" bindings that don't really step in or out? Clipping leashes to your boots? Forget about it. The BMF line has ski brakes and true step-in. Welcome to the future.
Still love those comfy 75mm duck bill telemark boots? Lucky you. Unique to Bishop, the BMF's come in 75mm or NTN — with the option to change it down the road without buying a whole new binding. Cha-ching!
Backcountry? We got that. The BMF-R telemark binding boasts a free-pivot touring mode with both low and high heel risers.
It's duck butt season. The BMF-R holds onto your boot at the heel instead of the middle of your foot, “second heel”, or “duck butt” for the most progressive and powerful turns. Longer lever = more power and control.
The BMF-R is made to Bishop's legendary standard of performance and reliability, so you can count on rock-solid downhill power, edging, and now uphill touring. Like all Bishop products, the BMF-R is built to last.
Are you ready to literally step into the future telemark skiing?
Tired of having to bend over on the slope to put heel clips and leashes on while using your mad dexterity skills to keep your ski from becoming a deadly projectile?
Leashes? Heel Clips? Forget about it. The BMF line has ski brakes and true step-in. Welcome to the future.
Oh, and those 75mm duck bill boots that fit like a glove — keep 'em! The BMF's come in 75mm and NTN — with the option to change it down the road without buying a whole new binding.
It's duck butt season. The BMF-3 holds onto your boot at the heel instead of the middle of your foot, “second heel”, or “duck butt” for the most progressive and powerful turns. Longer lever = more power and control.
The BMF-3 is made to Bishop's legendary standard of performance and reliability, so you can count on rock-solid downhill power and edging. And like all Bishop products, the BMF line is built to last.
Since 2001, Bishop has offered value to telemark skiers with the original switch kit system. Buy one bomber BMF binding, and use it on your whole quiver of skis. The Bishop BMF Switch Kit allows you to quickly transfer your bindings between multiple pairs of skis. Save your hard earned cash money for Apres. No need to have a pair of bindings for each set of skis.
The BMF-R Switch Kit comes with climbing wires, and the BMF-3 Switch Kit does not. You cannot use climbing wires with the resort oriented BMF-3 binding. These Switch Kits are not compatible with Bishop 2.0 bindings. A 2.0 Switch Kit is available for that binding.
Precision engineered designs using bomber materials for ultimate control and reliability when charging hard downhill. No wimpy plastic parts or floppy cables.
Adjustable telemark turn feel from neutral to active. Adapt to the conditions or your own style, whether you’re a free-heeling expert or first timer.
Last February, the Bishop Team headed to Monarch Pass, Colorado to spend three days in waist deep fluff. The trip was planned around Monarch Mountain's "Tele-Festivus", a freeheel get-together brought to us by Mountain Chalet, an outdoor retailer in the Colorado Springs area. We're not here to tell you a story about twelve of the best knee droppers coming together from all over the world, staying in beautiful log home at the base of the pass, hopping on a snowcat, touring the backcountry, building booters, overcoming our differences in what a "telemark turn" really is, and all becoming great friends... That did happen, but we'll let the photos share the story. All photos credit to Bjorn Bauer Photography Taylor...
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