Freeride touring continues to gain popularity, and the predominant trend in ski bindings is clear: lighter, safer, more functional bindings for fast ascents and aggressive descents. Luckily, freeride touring bindings are no longer ultra-techie, complicated devices that make skiing aggressively a risky endeavor; and no longer are they contraptions that make uphill ascenders look and feel like clunky robots. Touring bindings hitting the market for 2014 are sleek, letting skiers rip big mountain lines with complete confidence. Meanwhile, on the traditional alpine binding side, advances are still being made. Read on to learn about some of the best new bindings for 2014.