Salomon's Powerful New Freeride & Ski Touring Binding With An Exciting New Design Concept 2021 version.
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 2021 version of their revolutionary ski touring and freeride binding design which has been a game changer for backcountry skiers wanting the best in Ski performance and safety.
The Shift MNC turns pin tech touring bindings on their head, when skiing the design is based around a good old tried and tested Alpine binding with an adjustable toe height (something like a warden 13) but the clever part is with the flick of a lever a pair of tech pins emerge at the toe these allow you to clip in at the toe like a conventional tech binding and give 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 have achieved the same reliable release characteristics, across a wide range of boot designs, that we find on Alpine bindings and Frame Touring Bindings. They have also achieved many of the advantages associated with conventional pin tech 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 up to 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 1KG weight saving of bindings like the ATK R12 or the but these are closer in weight to bindings like the Kingpin 13 and offer lateral toe release.
The stand height (height of your boot above the ski deck when skiing) 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 lighter skiers, if you need setting of betwen 4 and 6 then you will need the new Salomon Shift 10 MNC. Most hard chargers should still feel quite happy with the DIN 13 maximum.
The Shift is be fully compatible with all freeride boots with pin tech fittings and 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 Pro Tour and TLT7) or softer plastic heel lugs. 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, the touring functions work well, the single climbing position didn't feel like a problem and although they are not as free feeling when skinning as things like ATK bindings they are a massive improvement on fritschi freeride pro etc.
They are now into their 3rd season, they have been very popular and seem to be standing the test of time well.
An excellent choice as a do it all set up with a light all mountain ski.