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It's your huckleberry.

When you venture into the backcountry to slay big and burly lines, you want a binder that is going to hold you true to your ski when you're picking up speed and taking big airs. The Salomon Guardian MNC 16 Alpine Touring Binding is your huckleberry when it comes to power, rigidity, and DIN values that won't pre-release on you. For the 14-15 season, Salomon has improved on the downhill performance that made the Guardian a favorite of freeskiers last season. A reduced stand height, an oversized chassis, and U power toe all help provide better power transmission to the ski, as well as lateral power transmission, making these bindings ideal for girthy big mountain powder planks.

One of the big complaints from skiers last season with the Guardian was boot compatibility. Well, Salomon worked that out by making the toe height adjustable, so they will now accommodate everything from your alpine boot to rockered sole AT boot. The hike and ride switch allows you to transition from walk to ski mode without having to take off your ski, while easily lifted heel elevators help make your ascent a little easier. With as DIN range from 7-16, the Guardian will hold you tight when you're taking big airs or ripping big lines through hardpack and wind-buffed conditions. 

  • 7-16 DIN range
  • Hike and ride switch
  • U power toe
  • Auto adjustable toe wings
  • Oversized platform
  • Low-profile chassis (26mm stand height)
  • Double full flex
  • XL stomp pedal
  • Multi Norm Certified

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4 5

nice and durable.. hopefully

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned the first generation Guardians, which came with a defect rivet which caused the rails to break when snow built up underneath the binding. Even with this defect it took two and a half years of skiing 120+ days a season, heli and cat skiing, and competing on the FWQ circuit to bust the rails. And once I did, Salomon replaced the rails, no questions asked, even though my warranty had expired six months prior.
I wouldn't shy away from buying this new updated version(sans defect) from a durability standpoint at least, just keep in mind they are heavy!

Unanswered Question

Will a pair of La Sportiva's Spectre boots, or a pair of La Sportiva's Sparkle boots work with these bindings?

Do these bindings require specific boots?

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These bindings will work with the majority of Alpine and Alpine Touring boots on the market.

I currently have the full tilt drop kick boots, will these fit into the Salomon guardian MNC 16 alpine touring binding??

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Hey OSC,
Those boots will work with this binding.

The Salomon website says the binding has a height of 31.5mm. Did the stand height change from last year to this year and the above spec is wrong or is Salomon measuring something else?

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According to several other reliable sources the stand height has remained at 26mm for the MNC. Not sure what the 31.5mm refers to.

For a 105mm underfoot ski, should I stretch a 100mm brake or go with 115mm? Thanks.

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My two cents, I'd go with the 100 brake. I put a 115 brake on my 121mm skis and it worked out no problem.

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I'd say go for the 115mm brakes! I have 130mm brakes on my 132mm Pontoons and they don't fit well!

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Go with the 100mm brake. The 115mm sticks out slightly wide in the up position and also they won't hold the skis together as tight when locked together and over the shoulder for boot packing. I run 100mm on my Zenoxide 105s, I had to stretch them slightly but work great.

5 5

What I use.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

More and more now I find myself on this binding. I find taking care when skiing makes the difference. Snow build up happens. I have skied all sorts of terrain with these, even the Skiers Cup. The more you push them you will need to replace at some point, hardpack snow takes its tole on this style binding. Going a number or to higher on DIN than your used to won't hurt either. Ski crampons are available, helps with the wide skis in firm or spring conditions.

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Hi Seth.
Would it be possible to elaborate a bit as to why you should go up a DIN or two on the Guardian? Is there a particular engineering reason as to why?
Just curious.... Of course I just had my bindings mounted today at what the shop is legally bound to mount at and I'll need to adjust to personal preference.

PS People- The Shop legally has to mount at certain DINs for a reason. Don't go making changes unless you know what you're up to.

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Hey Eddie,
Agreed, thanks for that little social disclaimer at the end.
If you've seen Seth ski, you'd understand why he cranks his DINs up! In most cases, he's in more trouble if that ski comes off than if it stays on. If you are really charging it hard (putting more than the normal amount of force on those bindings - hucking cliffs, stomping landings, riding park, etc), then you might find that you pre-eject when you set your DINs at the manufacturer's recommendation. In that case, you might bump them up.
In this case, it's really not an engineering thing - people would say the same about similar bindings from other manufacturers.
I bet Seth runs his DINs higher because he is SETH MORRISON! AKA the most badass big mountain skier. Ever.

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I am planning on getting a pair of Guardians. A ski patrolman told me that he had seen folks break them due to excessive snow buildup under foot. Well, just don't let the snow build up. Do not want to have to take skis off to make a transition.

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Hi wich is the diference betuen the guardian alpine binding short ski and the salomon alpine binding long ski?

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The difference is the boot sole length that the binding can accomodate. You'll have to get the length of your boot to figure out which one fits best.