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It's your huckleberry.

When you venture into the backcountry to slay steep and committing lines, you want a binding that is going to hold you to your ski when you're picking up speed and taking big airs. The Salomon Guardian MNC 16 Alpine Touring Binding is a huck-abl e binding with DIN values that won't pre-release at the worst possible time. Salomon made a few tweaks to this year's iteration of the Guardian to improve on its now legendary downhill performance. A reduced stand height, an oversized chassis, and the U power toe all come together to increase power transmission to the ski, as well as lateral power transmission, making these bindings an ideal clamp for girthy big mountain boards.

One of the big complaints about previous versions of the Guardian was its boot compatibility. Well, Salomon worked that out by making the binding Multi Norm Certified, so it will now accommodate everything from your alpine boot to lugged AT boot. The hike and ride switch allows for quick transitions from walk to ski mode without having to take off your ski, while the easily lifted heel elevators help make your climb a whole lot easier. With a burly DIN range of 7-16, the Guardian will hold big skiers tight when they're taking big airs and charging down big lines in variable conditions.

  • 7-16 DIN setting
  • Sliding AFD plate
  • Double Full flex
  • U power toe
  • Oversized platform
  • Low profile chassis
  • Hike and ride switch
  • Multi Norm Certified

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Will these work with the Scarpa Maestrale RS AT boots?

Hey Cmagg,

The Maestrale RS would work just fine with these bindings.

Contact me directly if you'd like a personalize experience here at Backcountry.


Will these work with my Scarpa Titans?

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Christopher those boots will work with this bindings because it has the proper toe height adjustment.

How many riser levels on this binding? Salomon normally provided just one whereas we all hoped the new iteration would give two. I take it my Tecnica Cochise boots will be fine regards compatability?

Hi Chris,

These bindings will have an *almost* flat mode, and then one large heel riser. The Marker series have flat tour modes.

No issues with Cochise in terms of compatibility.

Reach out to me and I can answer any other questions you have.





  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Pros: ski amazing down hill, very durable, clicking in and release even at a high din is easy.
Cons: heavy on the uphill, often find myself wanting a middle riser, riser isn't always easy to move.

I purchased the previous model of this binding and have been really happy with it for the way I use it. The reason that I went with this binding over the Marker Duke was because friends of mine at the time were having lots of issues with Markers. I think these bindings have a nice stand height to them and are very stiff to get all of your power to the ski. I use this binding at the ski resort a lot and do most of my touring from there or off of snowmobile trails. This means they are short tours most of the time and the weight isn't a big deal.