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Superb Lightweight Wide All mountain Skis, Super Versatile And Fun!
Weight: 3.4 KG/Pair
Construction: Sandwich Sidewall. Wood Core
Scott's Slight 100 are brilliant 100mm Wide All Mountain Ski which is light enough to use as a day touring and powder hunting free touring ski.
With a mid wide platform, Pro-Tip Rocker and full wood core the Slight 100 make a very good piste ski and are plenty wide enough for off piste use in any conditions making them a great choice for lift served skiing.
The 3.4KG/ Pair weight is what should attract many Backcountry free touring skiers though as this is plenty light enough to take out on full days touring especially when combined with a modern light weight touring binding. They are not a featherlite touring ski but if you tour to find powder stashes and like a wider platform they are excellent.
For those who remember the Scott missions fantastic all round qualities, the Scott Slight 100 are a modern, wider and much improved versatile ski which follows in the path of the mission.
Weight: 1.7KG Per Pair
DIN Range: 4 - 10
Elastic Range At The Toe: 47mm
Brake Widths: 90/100/110/120mm
Crampon Widths: 100mm/120mm
Adjustment Range: 30mm
Atomic's Shift bindings are the same design as the Salomon Shift just with an Atomic badge instead.
Well received for it's first 2 seasons the Salomon / Atomic Shift became an instant favorite amongst the staff and customers, however the fact that the release value range began at 6 has been a reoccurring problem for lighter skiers who require values below 6.
The Atomic Shift 10 MNC turns pin tech touring bindings on their head, the basic design is centred 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 they have tried to replicate the desirable ease of use and ski characteristics of a tried and tested design, namely an alpine binding with an adjustable toe height (Warden 13 MNC for example), to give easy step in when skiing, lateral toe release, low stand height, alpine binding boot retention and ski performance.
At 1.7 KG/pair the Shift isn't going to brake any records in the super light class, but they are much lighter than Frame bindings we were using not too long ago and as a do it all, all rounder or 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. As pin fittings become the norm in Backcountry Ski boots this may spell 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 Kingpin M-Werks but the extra ease of getting into the binding and the lateral toe release are real advantages.
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.
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 Pro Tour and TLT7). 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, when touring they work well and feel much better to use than frame bindings. Whilst they are heavier and don't have quite the same range of motion as some of the full pin tech bindings they work well and are suitable for full days of skinning.