almost^^ balls deep on a good day actualy
the lotus 120 is a little more traditional in its turn than the wailer, does everything from a 43 M turn but willl slarve down to sliding sideways like a snow board, the tips do not sink while I could sink the wailer tips, lotus is great in breakable crust … if you want a DPS the lotus IME just does everything better than the wailer but everybody has a hard-on for the wailer
yes the kingpin should be a little more beefier than the dynafit or ION, it is also a little heavier, the Guardian is WAY heavier at 2.96 kg compared to a kg or less for most of the tech bindings which also walk better because the pivot is closer to the ball of the foot.
If you are really going to get at touring only the tech will do but maybe you need to ask yerself if you really need them … are you going to tour?
One year My guide buddy broke break trail in knee to waist deep snow for 50 days in a row, I might tour 60 days a year which includes 2 or 3 hut trips and the last 2 years the 24 hr event/all the training, for us a frame binding of any kind is just way too fucking heavy.
the broken top plate is a known problem on the radical, I got warranty but not sure what I will do next time …maybe time to sell them on a ski or sft
TB doesn't have the Tech compatible boots also he has so many kids that he can't afford to cloth becuz we don't have a walmart so he is on the budget and I understand why he is on the guardian but that doesn't make it a better touring binding just the one he can afford … and all he needs