Supplies a smooth, easy transition from tour to ski mode.
Why fight the resort crowds when Salomon offers an easy, comfortable way for you to travel out the sidecountry gates or into the backcountry with the Guardian 16 Alpine Touring Binding? Hike-and-Ride technology lets you glide up the skintrack in hike mode and switch quickly into ride mode without removing your skis, and Salomon gave the Guardian a 7-16 DIN range for skiers who like to go fast, stomp airs, and send big-mountain lines.
- 7-16 DIN setting provides hard-charging freeriders solid resort and out-of-bounds performance and security
- 80mm-wide footprint accommodates wider skis which allows for quick edge-to-edge responsiveness
- Low-profile chassis offers lower stand height
- Aluminum bars give you strengthened rigidity which improves your edge-to-edge power transmission
- Metal, aluminum, and plastic components supply a solid, durable binding that can withstand your constant touring needs
- Double Freeflex technology increases downhill performance
- Hike-and-Ride technology: use your ski pole to flip the climbing bar from hike to ski mode, step down with your heel until the binding locks securely into place, and voilà, you're ready for the turns you just earned
- A flat nose 90-degree pivot gives you optimal climbing and kick-turn capability
- Simplified Base Plate reduces snowpack during climbing mode
- Fairly quiet binding and heel strike won't make you wish you had your tunes with you to drown out the annoying clacking sound
- Adjustment Range: 55mm
- Recommended Skier Weight: 130+lbs
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Not a reliable touring binding
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I would advise against buying these bindings because of the issue with bars snapping while in tour mode. This is caused by the buildup of snow under the toe piece causing flex on the center bars. Even with consistent clearing out of snow from under the toe piece (a technique that is also difficult to do). The center bars still snap. I put somewhere between 20-40 days on these bindings with the majority of them in the backcountry before they broke. Salomon does a good job with their warranty but the binding is not reliable knowing that at any moment the binding can break on you. Binding broke mid tour and you can still lock it down to ski, but you could be put up shit creek with a broken binding.
Should i get the size small or large?
Should i get the size small or large?
I have a 310mm Full Tilt boot.
Would the large be stronger?
With that size boot you will be fine to go with either the Small or the Large. Bonus to the Large is that if you ever size up in your boots you can still use the bindings whereas you don't have as much room to grow in the Smalls.
These are killer bindings! They're basically giving me a 1 ski quiver. They'll primarily be used in bounds, but give me versatility of exploring the back and sidecountry. Heavy, but very functional. My only knock is having just 1 climb height. But, I can live with that. The low stand height on these is a big selling point.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Currently on my Automatics. Easy to use but stable. Heel piece is a little loose, but doesn't affect performance in the least. Great setup for the cost, especially if you just want something simple to double as your touring set up and in bounds powder day ripper, cause let's face it, we can't all afford a quiver.
Can you swap the breaks on these? (if I...
Can you swap the breaks on these? (if I buy a 100 can I swap it with a bigger break later?)
You can swap the break on these bindings, they come in sizes 90,100,115 and 130mm
Salomon is NOT a good company in general
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So i fell into the trap and bought these bindings last winter. If you are reading this and still think you may want them get them from this website. The warranty backcountry has is a life saver. I unfortunately bought them at a typical shop. I have major slop on my bindings in the toe piece. Also the pieces of plastic that hold the aluminum poles in place cracked off. Sure Salomon markets their product well, but the product just does not last. It bothers me that i only used this binding 15 days, which is pathetic for a binding to start failing.............
On top of this the 5 year warranty that Salomon claims to have is not helping me at all. I am left wondering why i spent $450 on a pair of ski bindings that do not work. Sure when they are brand new they rip, but i need a binding that will last. This is why I am going to buy the Marker Duke. They are amazing bindings that just do not break. Marketing has mislead me and i wish Salomon would give this poor college student back his money. If you cant stand behind a product then why make it in the first place? If i could give this product no star i would. This binding is more in the 0 star range.
I recently ordered these Soul 7 skis and...
I recently ordered these Soul 7 skis and got the Salomon Guardian 16 touring bindings with them. Super excited to get them set up. What is the best mounting position for these skis ? Should I go traditional or centered? I don't ride switch. I go off-piste a lot, love powder, and spend some time in moguls.
As a general rule, big symmetric skis do well with a mount closer to the center of the ski. Not sure about the 7's in particular. The idea with a center mount is to put your boot in the sweet spot of the relatively short running area, and also reduce the swing weight of the ski. That helps a lot for pivoty turns in the trees and such.
Has Salomon done anything to fix the problem...
Has Salomon done anything to fix the problem of the rails/frame snapping right behind the toe? 2 out of 3 of my friends that skied these last year had that happen to them so I'm curious if anything has been done.
- 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!
A Downhill First Uphill Binding
Having worked extensively on the design and testing of this binding, I can say without a doubt, that they are the single best touring binding on the market for downhill performance. Unsatisfied with all the other products out there, we built them to be the best skiing touring binding out there. I've done backflips off 50 foot cliffs with these, skied technical steep spines lines with these and have skied the resorts day in and day out on them. They inspire confidence from the moment your heel locks down. That being said, they're heavy (comprable to the Duke) and have their uphill limitations (say compared to a Dynafit). No touring binding out there is hitting 5 stars in every category of ski adventuring. But ultimately if you want one binding for one ski to ski the resort and get some touring in, this is the best binding out there.
Looks bomber, but its broken.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Just like Mcclain from Silverton below, these snapped on me. Luckily, I was hiking uphill only a mile from the car and was able to limp back. I did not do anything unusual to these bindings. I would consider the other trusted options on the market before dropping money on these. It seems like Solomon is building a reputation for unsafe backcountry gear (boots, and now bindings). Thankfully, backcountry.com has their money-back return policy. I bought these bindings thinking that they were going to be bombproof for seasons to come. I guess not.
Guardian 16 Alpine Touring Binding
DO NOT BUY
I am 6'2" and 180 lbs, live in Silverton, CO and am in my ski boots 7 days a week for work and play. Loving to hike a lot, ski fast and hop off big rocks, I am who Salomon claimed to have made these bindings for. Initially, I was impressed as they seemed to have strong support for climbing as well as responsiveness on the downhill. This was until 4 days ago. Both bindings (all 4 rails) failed on me in one day (as shown in photo). Neither time was even on a kick turn or any sort of awkward position; and this was actually a relatively warm day (30s). They're "strongest touring binding on the market" claim is apparently a sham, especially because I found out that next year's model is identical. I'm goin back to the Dukes! That day brought much shame to Salomon's name in my books..
I have used just about every touring binding out there from a Marker Duke for hitting side country jumps to a Dynafit for the long missions. After only a couple tours on the Guardian I am sold on this new addition to the BC binding market. The system is low to the ski which is crucial for energy transfer and ski feel. The simple change from tour to ski mode and vice versa has been well planned out. No need to pop out of your skis at the top to take your skins off. With just 2 touring heights simplicity is the game, no wondering if you should be at a mid or high height. The downhill mode inspires confidence and I never stop to think about my touring binding being able to hold up to the standards of what is needed for the downhill experience. Hands down most solid touring binding on the market.
Best for making the most of sidecountry
I put these on a pair of Head Super Mojos. While this is in no way a light touring set up, it is the best of both worlds for me whenever there is lift access involved. I enjoy bombing fast cruisers, and these skis literally lay waste to half chop, crud, and everything in between. Finally I now have the perfect combo of bomber binding I can also hike on which is also strong enough to put on a big, heavy, serious ski. While I haven't used the Marker bindings, the big plus with these is not having to take the ski off to free the heel. That, and the fact that they put the boot a bit closer to the ski really make them the better choice.
With any sidecountry skiing, sometimes it's not so much having the ability to free the heel for ascending as it is for making the return trip easier. Many times I've found myself in a flat area that needs traversing where popping the heel loose makes it go faster even though I don't get the skins out. That's what I've always loved Fritchis for, but have been wary of the Markers for. This binding makes for a truly All Terrain set up where their primary use is an alpine binding. For strictly touring I still use my light skis with the Fritchis, but it's nice to have both options now. As per the other reviews, I have found the need to utilize silicone spray to minimize icing, etc. and would ding them one star if my primary purpose was for touring, as it is not, I give these 5 stars.
Stepped in issue
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After some usage here is my note:
I've got my bindings mounted on one of skis with some horizontal deviation - binding was not perfect in place, had to push binding few milimeters to side in order to qlick into ski mode. First time after short touring up the hill I almost lost front screw, it almost fell of the mount. Lucky I noticed it before the run. After fixing it on the hill(putting it on the place) it never felt of again. Also deviation in mount had gone. So you need to be carefull with who installs your bindings, obvious mine were not properly mounted .
Touring is easy and comfortable(have not done flat touring though). I got several times my lower ski (to the hill when going not straignt but traversing the slope) being stepped into the ski mode during hiking quite steep slope. Also qlick into the ski mode is sometimes not straightforward, binding seems to be stepped in, but marks say opposite(see video). So I always check bindings before ascent.
Skiing several times in trees, groomers, open pow slope. Binding feels super great and comfortable. Had no chance to test release though Also have not used any other touring binding so cannot compare it to others.
Very user friendly for touring purposes. Easy to switch from downhill to touring.
what ski crampons go w/ these? I have the...
what ski crampons go w/ these? I have the 115s... thanks
Unfortunately they have not yet made a ski crampon for this binding.
So I did some more research today, these might work http://www.backcountry.com/voile-universal-telemark-ski-crampon , it will be a little hard to get them on as the frame of the binding will be in the way. You can take a look at it on their site as well http://www.voile.com/voile-ski-crampon.html
thanks for the suggestion. just contacted voile and this is what they said...:
"Our ski crampons are really only for use with telemark bindings. The only way you could make it work with an AT binding is to mount the crampon in front of the binding (which will work, though it would be slightly less effective)."
also contacted Salomon and they were not that helpful. basically just said they didn't make one and they had no idea if anything else could work. I suggested they call that out in their product description and the rep just said its not his job. super frustrating.
They do have crampons for Guardian/Tracker.. I've only seen them sold in overseas stores so far. Bet you could get your local dealer to order. They have them in 115mm.