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How to Buy Classic Ski Bindings

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How to Buy Classic Ski Bindings


Classic bindings come in three types: the SNS Pilot, SNS Profil/Propulse (the Propulse is the new version of the Profil), and NNN/NIS. Because classic skiing requires a more flexible binding, classic bindings are typically softer than skate bindings, and are available in both automatic and manual step-in models. As always, you should pay close attention to compatibility; Atomic and Salomon use the SNS system, while everything else is compatible with NNN (New Nordic Norm) binding, which can be mounted directly to the ski or to a factory-installed NIS (Nordic Integrated System) plate, allowing for easy, screw-free mounting and adjustment.


Almost any binding type can be used for racing or recreational skiing. The New SNS Propulse is one of the most popular choices, while NNN/NIS bindings and older Pilot bindings have strong followings too.

Boot Compatibility:

SNS Profil boots work with Profil/Propulse bindings, Pilot boots work with Pilot and Propulse bindings, and NNN boots only with NNN bindings.

Ski Compatibility:

SNS bindings will mount to any ski without an NIS plate, while NNN bindings can be mounted directly to the ski or to an NIS plate.