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Salomon Shift Binding

Brand: Salomon
Model: Shift MNC 13
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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.
-> ounces
Weight (pair) 1812g
Boot Compatibility Touring, Alpine and Walk to Ride
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
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.
by 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.
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.
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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