While skiing the other day I kept popping into tour mode on the down. Upon further inspection, a chunk of the plastic base right above the ski/tour lever busted out. I tried a few different field repairs but nothing seemed to work. So after a call to 22Designs, I put it on the bench.
Broken base on the right.
When the lever gets flipped up like this, it slides in and out with ease. Fine for touring but not so good for turns.
I decided to drill a small hole through the front of the plate to allow room for wire or a zip tie to keep the lever tight in the forward (ski) position.
Front view of drilled hole.
I went with wire so I can easily wind or unwind it when needed. Tour mode is pictured. I ended up running the end closest to the toe plate through the leash hole to keep it out of the way while touring. The ends are curled to prevent an unwanted escape.
Tighten and twist to ski.
Tested the rig out today and it works great! It’ll at least get me by until the new plate arrives. I’m sure this is a uncommon failure but I think I’ll pre-drill holes for both plates in case it happens again.