The Salomon Mountain Lab has done it again, this time it’s the MTN binding with a brake. The brake follows the “simpler is better” philosophy, which is a breath of fresh air for a lightweight ski touring binding. The toe and heel unit feature a wide mounting platform, which gives it stout and aggressive performance on wider powder skis, but because of this it will also readily take control of narrower mountaineering skis without issue. The brake is retracted/deployed with the use of a large lever that folds out of the way when not in use.
The toe piece is built out of as few pieces as possible, which contributes to the reliable performance: fewer parts to break, repair, or wear down. A patented Step-In aid guides your boot into the toe piece, but moves out of the way as soon as your boot is in the binding to not impede range of motion on a technical skin-track. An integrated crampon receptor offers rigid attachment for icy spring mornings.
The heel housing is sandwiched between a threaded adjustment track and two risers. The housing rotates 90° to expose a flat mode which makes long approaches more natural and efficient. It rotates easily back to ski mode when you’re ready to point it down the fall-line. The risers are strategically machined to reduce unnecessary weight and easily manipulated to offer climbing versatility. The most unique part about the heel piece is the combination of simplicity and function found in fixed-release race bindings, with the option to install different springs for different release values. The MTN binding comes with three in the box: Women’s, Men’s, and Expert which dictate forward and lateral release values simultaneously. The springs can be changed in a matter of minutes at home. The threaded adjustment track offers a generous 30mm of range so you can accommodate a boot quiver. The MTN binding is the lightweight tech binding for everybody and their mom (Mom’s spring not currently available).
|Weight (pair)||790g [90mm]|
|Brakes||80mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Vertical Release||Women's, Men's, or Expert|
|Lateral Release||Women's, Men's, or Expert|
|Materials||Aluminum, steel, plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Brakes come in 5 widths|
|Bottom Line||Lightweight touring binding with brakes|