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Salomon Shift 13 Binding

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The alpine-touring “plate” bindings of yesteryear had a knack for being heavy, clunky, and walking very poorly. Dynafit-style tech bindings had a reputation for superb walking performance and low weight, but at the price of sacrificing alpine-style release and retention characteristics. For some skiers, this meant there was sacrifice involved in choosing a touring binding. Either not enough walking performance for long tours, or not enough release-safety to be viable in freeride or resort settings. The Salomon Shift binding is an impressive marriage of the two worlds where neither walking performance nor release characteristics suffer. The devil is in the details, so look closely. In the toe piece, the throw of a large lever will expose some pins for true tech-skinning performance. The toes are paired with a versatile heel-piece with enough risers for even the burliest alpine boots. The alpine retention and elastic travel built into the binding will be welcomed during any resort ripping, side-country slashing, backcountry filming mission that you can think of. If you don’t want to sacrifice any ski performance but enjoy skiing untracked power, the Salomon Shift MNC 13 binding should be first on your list.

  • Fully DIN-certified alpine performance on the way down.
  • Hidden toe pins for full tech-performance on the way up.
  • Multi-norm-compatible toe-piece will work with most boots.
  • ISO 9462 alpine and ISO 13992 alpine touring certifications.

Update 2020/21: No change in materials, just a name change to the, "Shift 13," instead of the Shift. This is on account of the introduction of the Shift 10.

Specifications
Weight
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879g [90mm]
Weight (pair) 1758g [90mm]
Boot Compatibility   Alpine Multi-Norm Compatible (MNC)
Brakes   90mm, 100mm, 110mm, and 120mm
BSL Adjustment   30mm
Riser Heights   1 + flat
Vertical Release   6-13
Lateral Release   6-13
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials   Carbon-infused PA, combined with aluminum and steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage Backcountry, freeriding or alpine skiing
Notes Converts to a tech toe for touring
Bottom Line The new standard for freeride binding, zero compromise downhill performance
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Questions & Reviews

3/4/2021
Kyle (used product a few times)
 
I've toured about 30k on these bindings, and my wife has used them for the past couple of years. The shifts are a revolution in the freeride/resort touring binding category. A lot of dedicated ski tourers like to give shifts a hard time, but they work extremely well for many use cases.

If you have never toured on a frame binding (marker duke/baron, guardian, etc) then you may never know just how great the shift is. Frame bindings in comparison are heavier, place that extra weight on your foot, and place the pivot point far in front of your toe. This adds up to a "baby giraffe" walking experience. The shifts provide a more natural pivot point and lower weight. It feels like you are just touring on heavy pin tech bindings. The shifts have completely displaced frame bindings - they are that superior. In this category, there are other comparable options out there such as the cast system and the duke pt, but these are much much heavier and probably only necessary if you are hucking > 30' cliffs.

Skiing performance is just as you'd hope - they ski like an alpine binding.

Touring wise, they work well but are vulnerable to icing and snow packing in the right conditions. Like all touring bindings, you need to take the time to understand how they work and learn where snow/ice accumulates and how to clear them for safe function. These bindings have only one climbing option and it feels a bit low. I'd like to see a second climbing bar added in the future. Lastly, if you not careful and step on the brake arms while touring, the brakes will unlock from their stowed position. This can be remedied by adopting a slightly wider, straighter stance which comes with experience.

So what are the use cases?
1. Ski touring curious - you are a resort skier and want a setup to try touring, but you are not sure how often you will go.
2. Travel ski - take these on a trip when you will be resort skiing and touring
3. Freeride Touring - if you want to huck and ski pillows in the backcountry
4. 50/50 setup - you like to tour and you like to resort ski, and you want one setup to do it all
5. Ski tourer who wants din certified release characteristics

What use cases will want to look elsewhere?
1. Dedicated ski tourer - you can get much lighter pin tech bindings that'll do the job
2. Extreme freeride tourer - duke pt or cast system probably, or a heli and pivots :)

Lastly - I took off one star due to: icing problems, one of my toe pieces has trouble staying locked in tour mode, and brakes deploying while touring.
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1/28/2021
Question from stimmy600
 
does 30mm of BSL adjustment mean that if someone else wants to use a pair of skis with Shift bindings, they have to be within + or - 15mm (or within ~1 mondopoint) of my BSL? I am debating on which bindings to use for the second mount on a pair of skis. I want other people to be able to use the skis later on and am also considering some demo tech bindings.
1/28/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey stimmy600, 30mm is how long the track is. You can mount your boots anywhere on the track--for instance, if you know you want to use a smaller pair of boots later you can mount your current boot farther back on the track so there is a larger range to adjust shorter, but the range of adjustment is a total of 30mm, so if you mount your boot in the middle then yes, it will be +/- 15mm.
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2/20/2020
Question from martin
 
Double checking that the Solomon shift binding comes with brakes? 1 picture shows with and the other picture shows without?
2/20/2020
Answer from Jeffrey
 
Martin, yes they do come with brakes!
1/4/2021
Answer from Sedgesprite
 
Any problem running them w/o brakes? We prefer leashes.
1/4/2021
Answer from Jeffrey
 
Ray, the transition lever And riser are in the brake assembly.
If you prefer no brakes and lighter binding, there are Many other options.
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2/12/2020
Question from GlidingJerry
 
Do you sell or can you order the heel plate of Salomon shift bindings?
2/13/2020
Answer from Patrick C
 
Jerry,

Unfortunately Salomon does not sell the heel plate on its own. Sorry we couldn't be more helpful on this front. All the best!

Patrick // Skimo Co
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12/1/2019
Question from Brian
 
Do you guys know the clearance width on the 110 brakes? Looking to put these on boundary 115 skis, would prefer the narrower brakes if they'll fit. Thanks!
12/1/2019
Answer from Jeffrey
 
Brian, there is about an extra 2-4mm and this brake is easy to bend out a little.
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10/18/2019
Question from Ian D
 
I would like to put the Shift on a 122mm ski. Reading some of the other comments/reviews it sounds like the brakes come wider than advertised. Will the 120mm Shift brake fit my 122mm ski?
10/19/2019
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Ian, while we can't make any promises without seeing your particular ski, the 120mm brake fits on a 121-waisted Voile HyperDrifter with a tiny bit of room to spare (I would estimate <1mm each side).
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5/22/2019
Question from kristin
 
I recently ordered the Atomic Shift bindings with a 100mm brake, but I would prefer to use a 90 mm brake, which the ski shop said would be able to fit my 104mm width skis. Is there a way for me to buy the brake only? Thanks.
5/23/2019
Answer from eric
 
Kristin- Brakes can be purchased from us here
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3/9/2019
Benski (used product a few times)
 
Still getting to know these bindings, but for those who miss alpine bindings, or were previously maintaining an MNC compatible resort setup, these are awesome... a stable feeling on the down, without too much issue on the ups. The switch from ski to walk and back on the toes can be tricky, but learned quickly. The toe pins are not a nice "step in" like a good radical toe, but you can hook one side and get the other in.

Highly recommended if you want downhill performance, and are a strong skinner... if looking for an everyday touring binder, perhaps something lighter will make sense
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3/7/2019
Question from Deling Ren
 
Do you have a crampon compatible with these bindings? Dynafit crampons don't seem to be compatible. Thanks.
3/7/2019
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Deling, news flash! We are expecting some Shift crampons next week.
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2/20/2019
lancejohnson (downright abused product)
 
I moved from the gentle powder of Colorado to the humid crust of the Alps a couple years ago and realised how much more forgiving the snow in the Rockies is than the stuff we get here. As such, this winter I changed over some of my gear to be able to charge a little more on the incredible terrain we have here.

Part of that, putting Shift bindings on my Corvus Freebirds and Faction Dictator 1.0s. I've got probably 40 days on the two set-ups combined and can say that the bindings are incredible. Like the other poster, I had never used an alpine binding before, other than a couple runs at a ski demo, and was greatly impressed with the power and smoothness of these.

They are easy to transition, but the heel is a bit less-easy than the toe.

The killer is the weight. They are pigs. You have to really want it to add a pound per foot.

What these have done to me is made me rethink my entire ski quiver - I used to like touring reasonably long days with my Corvus, but at 2.5kg per foot with the Shifts, they are just a bit too heavy and are relegated to free-rando use now (some lift-assist, cat skiing, or single-run big objectives).

I'll adapt, sell some other gear and buy some new toys (alright, I'm pretty excited to do that, honestly...). The thing is that this is not a binding for most ski tourers. It's a hoss that does what it does better than any other binding out there, but it does it with a big weight penalty that isn't necessary for a gross-majority of randonnée skiing.
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12/4/2018
Dan C (downright abused product)
 
I've done probably 30 days on this binding thus far (southern winter, hence got em early).

It's no hyperbole that the Shift is such a revolutionary product. I've only ever skied traditional tech bindings, and never even owned alpine gear. Coming from that perspective, they are obviously quite a bit heavier, but I find the weight to be worth it for the style of descent they provide.

The big thing I noticed was power transfer and elasticity - you can go fast and take hits from variable snow that usually would've been much harsher in comparison to something like an ATK FreeRaider. The release seems good. Had one fall where both skis came off as needed. They also seem to be much more stable on teeth-chattering ice than standard tech bindings.

Transitions are pretty easy, and it won't take you long to get an efficient system in place. I find stepping in can be tricky (lining up the heel), but I often just reach down to lift the heel lever up to step in. I like the simplicity of the heel riser - a good reminder that far too many people set stupidly steep tracks!

Overall, I can thoroughly recommend the Shift. I think that Tectons could be a great option too, but if you want that little bit more elastic retention and burliness, the Shift is the answer you've been looking for.

Note: Brakes tend on the wide side. I can get a 110mm over a 116mm ski.
1/1/2019
Reply from thomc
 
Helpful review: thanks. I'd like the skimo team's comments on this too, especially the favorable comparison with the ATK binding.
1/1/2019
Reply from jbo
 
Hi thomc, a 900g alpine binding will certainly ride more like a Cadillac than a lightweight pin binding. For resort skiing with occasional tours, it's hard to beat the Shift. For exclusive backcountry use, you better be strong!

Thanks for the detailed review Dan C!
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