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Makes the switch from ascent to descent easy and safe.

The Atomic Tracker 16 Alpine Touring Binding delivers unrivaled downhill performance so you feel secure and comfortable when you hit up the backcountry. With one push of your ski pole and the simple shift of your body weight, you're able to easily switch from hike mode to ski mode. This unique touring binding is available in two sizes: small and large. 

With a DIN setting of 7-16, the Tracker 16 supplies hard-charging freeriders solid resort and out-of-bounds performance and security. Thanks to its 80mm-wide footprint and multiple brake size options the Tracker 16 is able to accommodate wider skis. And because of its low-profile chassis, this sweet touring setup provides a low stand height for increased terrain feedback and enhanced power transmission.

Don't be worried about blowing through a toe piece or having to jerry-rig your binding—Atomic engineers made the Tracker 16 with metal, aluminum, and plastic components that supply a solid, durable binding that can withstand constant touring. Plus the Tracker 16 has aluminum bars for strengthened rigidity which improves your edge-to-edge power transmission, while its oversized platform ensures maximum lateral power transmission.

What really sets this touring binding apart from the norm is its ability to switch from hike to ski mode with a push from your ski pole. Equipped with Hike-and-Ride Switch technology, you're able to flip the climbing bar from hike to ski mode with your ski pole, step down with your heel until the binding locks securely into place, and voilà, you're ready for the turns you just earned. This sweet mechanism enables a quick, easy, and convenient switch between skiing and hiking mode without having to remove your skis. Oh, and to ensure improved comfort in hike mode, the Tracker comes with two climbing aid positions.

Not to overwhelm you with more stellar features, but the Tracker 16 comes with a flat-nosed 90-degree pivot for optimal climbing and kick-turn capability and a simplified base plate to reduce snowpack during hike mode. And to top it off, the Tracker has an adjustable sole height for a secure fit.

  • 7-16 DIN setting
  • 80mm-wide footprint
  • Low-profile chassis
  • Oversized platform
  • Aluminum bars
  • Metal, aluminum, and plastic components
  • Hike-and-Ride Switch technology
  • Two climbing aid positions
  • Flat-nosed 90-degree pivot
  • Simplified Base Plate
  • Tracker 16 S Sole Length: 265-320mm
  • Tracker 16 L Sole Length: 305-360mm
  • Available Brakes: 100, 115, and 130mm
  • Adjustment Range: 55mm
  • Stack Height (boot above ski at heel): 26mm

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Hi there, working on my first at setup....

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Hi there, working on my first at setup. Just purchased BD justice 185 with 115 waist. My boots will be 27-28 size (haven't purchased yet). What size binding would you recommend for that size ski and boot? Thanks!

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If you go with the Tracker or Guardian you will need a Large Binding to fit the length of your Boot Sole.

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Thanks Soren! Would I go with 115mm or 130mm?

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The 115mm will be fine , you should have enough clearance.

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That is going to be a sweet setup. Soren's recommendations are correct. If you're looking for boots and bindings, let me know! I can help you out with those. Ask for me on chat or email me - ccostley@backcountry.com

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What would be a compatible ski crampon to...

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What would be a compatible ski crampon to work with these bindings?

So the Tracker 16 works with regular alpine...

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So the Tracker 16 works with regular alpine boots as well as WTR boot?

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They do but the boot really should be ISO 5255 or 5355 certified to be in line with manufacture recommendations for releasing appropriately. Check the bottom of your sole. Most of the certified boots will have removable toe and heel plates, some kind of rubber on them, etc..

When in doubt call Backcountry directly or your local ski shop that you have worked with before.


3 5

Good binding with some issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the first generation of this binding back in 2012. I was very happy with it initially, it skied very well on the mountain and was easy to use for touring. Being on the heavy side, it felt completely solid when I clicked in, regardless of which mode I had it in. However, just recently the rails that connect the toe and heel piece snapped in half on one, just inside the sockets on the toe-piece end. This is after 8 touring days and slightly more than 50 on-mountain days, with some limited use in the side-country during some of those days. There seem to be some theories that this defect is caused by ice build-up under the toe-piece as one uses it in tour mode. Regardless, if you get this binding, beware of this defect. Make sure to clear under the toe as you tour. Same goes for the Salomon Guardian, it is the same binding. I am a big guy, 6 feet, 240 lbs, so I am probably putting quite a bit of stress on it, but this should not have happened. I am hoping that Salomon and Atomic have rectified this problem on the new models, however I have not seen any information to suggest that. Some first generation defects are nothing out of the ordinary, but if you get this binding, just be aware that this has potential to happen if you are not careful.

5 5

Great binding

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have used the trusty STH 16 and Trekker combo for a few years for a few reasons; it is nice to have a Din of 16 on the way down and I have been too cheap to buy another pair. I did not like how high the Dukes put you on a ski, so when these came around I was hyped to try them. Similar to STH's I find the DIN to be a bit weaker, I ride them at 14 and would suggest going a number or two up from other bindings if you really want your skis to stay on. They tour wonderfully, I don't think I quite realized how much nicer they would be than Trekkers. I love them after just a few uses, and would HIGHLY recommend them if you're in the market. It should be noted that just because you can put them back into touring mode without removing your skis does not mean that is always the best way to go. If they have snow on the heel piece's base at all they will not go on and you will have to take them off and brush it off to get them to lock. Don't try to just stomp them harder, it could lead to an expensive mishap if you have snow under the rails...

5 5

Great Touring binding.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is great, this is my first touring setup and i can say its awesome. I spent alot of time deciding between these and the marker duke. I ended up going for these because they're lower to the ski and I think they have a better mechanism than the duke. The duke requires you to detach before switching it into touring mode, but with the tracker, you can put it into touring mode while you are still attached. I have toured with this a few times and the rest of the time I ride it in bounds. It feels like a normal alpine binding when in bounds. this binding is an amazingly versatile binding that can perform in and out of bounds. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good and versatile touring binding.

5 5

Same Touring Better Skiing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive been on dukes for a while now and for a new set up I figured Id try something new. I went with the atomic tracker 16, it is the same as the Salomon Guardian except for the paintjob. Only reason i went with atomic was because the Salomon blue didnt mesh well with the ski.

The binding is damn easy to use, but took a bit of time to figure out how to flip the riser bar over without a large struggle before. I do like how you are able to go from ski to walk without stepping out of the binding, unlike the duke, though Im not sure how functional it'll be since Im not flexible enough to skin rip without taking my skis off.

As for performance, i felt the uphill was pretty similar to the duke. The hinge point feels about the same, the stride is natural enough, and I didnt notice any real weight difference. I was still real slow up the mountain, but slow up = fast down!

Skiing these was awesome! I did not like how high above the ski the duke put you. The bars on the Tracker are much more low profile putting you closer to the ski. I felt these skied way more like alpine skis /bindings than the duke dude. The duke also did have some play in the toe piece after a few seasons so that could be a contributing factor. Clicking into the tracker i felt way more secure than I have in the past with the duke.

Is there much difference between the Salomon...

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Is there much difference between the Salomon Guardian 16 and the Atomic Tracker 16 AT binding?

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Paint job. It is the same binding.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to use the Marker Duke, but I like these much better.

Of course, these are FAR from a lightweight touring binding. But why would you ever want them (JK.. I know why you want that, it just isn't for me).

These FEEL lower on the ski than the Duke, and seem to feel lighter. They also don't get sloppy after 3 months of using them.

I truly forget I am on an AT binding when I am skiing these inbounds.

Out of bounds, they are awesome. Easier to use than the Duke. Don't get jammed up as easily. Can switch in a breeze.

I was originally scared of the mechanism that flips these into AT mode. I was scared it would flip by itself and put me in accidental tele mode. That never has happened, seems like it isn't possible for that to happen. I'm not afraid anymore.

If you want a binding that you can use everyday at the resort, but also use backcountry quite often.. this is the binding for you!