After a big delay to the arival of the Salomon Shift Bindings over the last few weeks we've received enough to fulfill all of the pre orders and we now have some free stock!
First reports from our customers are excellent!!
Salomon's Powerful New Freeride & Ski Touring Binding With An Exciting New Design Concept
Weight: 1.74KG Per Pair
DIN Range: 6 - 13
Elastic Range At The Toe: 47mm
Brake Widths: 90/100/110/120mm
Crampon Widths: 100mm/120mm
Adjustment Range: 30mm
Salomon's latest binding development has a revolutionary new design and could well be a game changer for Freeriders and Ski Tourers wanting the ultimate in Ski performance and safety.
The Shift MNC turns pin tech touring bindings on their head, the basic design is based around a good old tried and tested Alpine binding with an adjustable toe height but the clever part is with the flick of a couple of levers a pair of tech pins emerge at the toe giving you the feel and range of motion plus the zero lift weight you get with a pin tech touring binding.
My favorite aspect of this design is that by using a tried and tested design, namely an alpine binding with an adjustable toe height (Warden 13 MNC for example), Salomon look to have achieved the same reliable release characteristics, across a wide range of boot designs, that we find on Frame Touring Bindings but with the advantages associated with pin bindings, a lower stand height, zero lift weight, a natural pivot and a lighter weight.
At 1.7 KG/pair the Shift isn't going to brake any records in the super light class, but for freeriders and people wanting Alpine Binding ski performance this will knock a KG off the weight of many heavy duty frame bindings and as pin fittings become the norm in Backcountry Ski boots this may spell the beginning of the end for many frame binding designs.
Those wanting to do bigger days of touring will notice the 0.5KG weight saving of bindings like the Fritschi Tecton but these are closer in weight to bindings like the Kingpin and offer lateral toe release.
The stand height will depend on your boot because the toe height adjustment is achieved by moving the AFD up and down rather than the toe piece, Full touring boots will have a stand height of only 20mm whilst Alpine boot soles will be up to 28mm stand height. (fritschi frame bindings are closer to 39mm so this is still a reduction). The lower stand height will usually feel more stable for most people.
DIN range begins at 6 which can be quite high for some women skiers but hopefully we will see a lower DIN binding in the future, whilst the hard chargers should feel quite happy with the DIN 13 maximum.
We expect that the Shift will be fully compatible with most freeride boots with pin tech fittings and most Alpine Touring boots with iso 9523 (Boots with a full heel and toe lug) but they won't be compatible with Touring boots with reduced size toe and heel lugs (Scarpa F1, Dynafit Hoji and TLT7) or softer plastic heel lugs (Atomic Backland and Hawx Ultra XTD TBC!). They will also be compatible with standard Alpine downhill boot soles but only to ski, not to tour (the requires Pin fittings).
We've skied the Shift and can confirm that they feel like a good Alpine binding on the descent, time will tell how they put up with touring abuse and icing up but it's good to see some more interesting innovation in the fast paced world of Backcountry Bindings.
Binding TypePin Tech