The Curated Take
This binding is a great entry into touring for someone who only wants to own one set of skis. I mainly use it inbounds on a variety of terrain, including deep powder, fresh groomers, bumps, and everything in between. It transfers power very well, almost as well as dedicated alpine bindings, and it's much lighter than practically all alpine bindings. If you occasionally tour or are considering getting into it, it's light enough not to be a burden uphill, and the usability is fantastic. In deep, sticky snow, they're a breeze to get in and out of, too, just be careful not to kick the toe piece into tour mode on accident before stepping in.
- Do it all
- Shredding inbounds
- Slaying powder
- Finicky adjustments (have a professional do this)
- Difficult installation (have a professional do this)
- Heavier than dedicated touring bindings
The Salomon S/lab Shift MNC Ski Bindings are at the cutting edge of ski touring. These allow intermediate and advanced backcountry or hybrid skiers to get the feel and performance of an inbounds binding with the ease of touring of a pin binding.
- Dual Mode Toe Piece – The Toe piece (compatible with most boot soles) shifts from a standard downhill toe into a standard pin tech toe for uphill traveling.
- Lateral Elasticity – The perk of a standard toe is that you get a lot of lateral elasticity (47mm here). This provides great power transfer.
- Alpine Heel – With the flip of a switch, this binding also has a traditional alpine heel piece for strong downhill performance.
- 6–13 Release Values – This binding caters best to intermediate and advanced skiers due to its higher release range.