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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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I have boots from 07-08 (old, I know). The...

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I have boots from 07-08 (old, I know). The manufacturer says their binding compatibility is ISO Alpine. Would these boots be compatible with these bindings?

My boot sole length is 315mm, which means...

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My boot sole length is 315mm, which means that either size (small or large) bindings theoretically would work. Would there be any performance issues that would make one size better than the other?

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Hey Brian,

No performance issues would arise but I would like to point out one thing. If you opted for the large size. The BSL range is slightly more in your favor if you decide down the road to change to a new boot and it has a different boot sold length. It will give you a broader range to pair with the bindings and not restrict you as much while choosing.

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Aye man they aiight. I haven't used them yet so.... I may as well toss them a 5 star. I like blue.

I have just bought salomon quest 80...

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I have just bought salomon quest 80 w, size 26.5 and volkl aura with the width of 96. I was wandering which size I should by and if there bindings fit the shoe and ski.


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The Small version of the binding in the 100 mm brake width. Those would fit your boots and the brakes will fit over the ski! Should be a perfect match.

I've read in previous report that the...

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I've read in previous report that the Guardians are designed for an ISO 5255 certified alpine boot. I have salomon irony 7,5 ski boots, but I know nothing about their iso. So if they are compatible with the guardian 16 binding? what width of the bindings will be good for my 128 100 120 ski? TNX

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Those boots should work just fine with this binding. Make sure you get the 100 mm brake option that will fit the ski perfectly.

I have salomon x3 130 cs ski boots (iso/din...

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I have salomon x3 130 cs ski boots (iso/din 5355) and I am wondering if they are compatible with the guardian 16 binding?

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Hey Casper Hartvigsen,

Yes your boots will be compatible with this binding. However, I do urge you to check out a new pair of boots that have a walk mode so you can activate that to increase your range of motion while you skin. It makes a world of difference in efficiency, comfort and speed when you have a walk mode you can utilize.

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Thank you for your answer Grant,
Glad to know they are compatible. I am definitely going to look for some touring boots in order to shred some backcountry.

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awesome binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these for everything from shredding in the resort to freeriding in the slackcountry to long backcountry traverses. Although they are not the ideal touring binding for long backcoutry tours, they will work if you need them to.

awesome binding
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could i put these over previous holes

I just put on 2014 Marker griffon bindings on my brand new blizzard kabookies. Would it be possible to drill holes around holes that were drilled for the markers?

Are these bindings compatible with the...

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Are these bindings compatible with the black diamond factor 130?

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Hi Marie,
Yes- the Factors are definitely compatible with this binding!

Are these bindings compatible with the...

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Are these bindings compatible with the scarpa pegasus ??

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You can use frame bindings such as these with alpine or tech boots.

Hi, buy it this binding in small size 265...

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Hi, buy it this binding in small size 265 - 320mm , and l made a mistake because l use the intetenal size of my boot (275mm) and not the external size wich is 317mm.
Im waiting in Argentina for that binding but l think if could be fine. l only have 3mm og range.
l wate your opini�n.

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It should work without a problem. I have seen the Marker Duke go pretty far into its range and work just fine as a small with a much bigger boot. Might become a problem if its not a specific Alpine boot sole or Salomon's WTR sole. I would shoot them an email and ask, what kind of boot do you have?

Are these bindings compatible with normal...

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Are these bindings compatible with normal alpine boots? Specifically, the Fischer Soma Ranger 10?

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Specifically the Guardians are designed for an ISO 5255 certified alpine boot or WTR soles. You can still use boots that are not ISO 5255 or WTR soles but there is risk with the binding releasing properly.

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I'm not sure if the Ranger 10 is ISO 5255 certified or has WTR soles. I definitely don't want to risk the binding releasing improperly.

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If they are ISO certified it will be marked on the sole block as such but I don't think those boots are.

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Thanks for helping Wayne.

I know some of the Ranger models have interchangeable soles so I was trying to find some information from Fischer but not having any luck. I do see your concerns about safety and glad you mentioned that part. If I find anything else about that boot I will respond.

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Just following up if anything for my own knowledge. I have a Lange RX 130 LV and it's sole looks somewhat close to the Fischer Soma Ranger 10 from the pictures I could find. My Lange soles look a little flatter where the Fischer has slight more raise in toe and heel. My sole has ISO 5355 labeled on it so is the recommended sole for the Guardians. They also say ISO 5255 works.

Did you ever look at your Soma Ranger soles?


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I did have a look and the soles don't have a label. I bought the bindings and received them yesterday. I'll be taking them to my ski tech tonight along with the boots to see what he thinks. Hopefully they'll work out. I appreciate your help and I'll keep you updated.


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Have the shop find a Fischer rep if you have the time, they can usually get ahold of them easier than any consumer can.

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Don't buy this product.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a major design flaw in this binding that practically ruined a 4 day backcountry trip for me recently. Ice and snow buildup caused the bars to bend and completely sheer off. This occurred while I was simply skinning along and prevented me from using the binding in touring mode. Also made me very skiddish of skiing in downhill mode. Major durability issue. Disappointed in Salomon.

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Heavy Duty.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Spent one season riding and touring on the Guardian 16's mounted on my Magic J's , here are my thoughts.

-These things are bomber, I ski them exactly like I ski a dedicated resort binding, they can ski anything I want to. These things can drop cliffs with the best of them.

-Touring mode is easy to use, the heel riser has one elevated setting, but that was never a problem for me. Easy to swap in and out of tour mode, simple design, works great for me.

-Biggest issue with the Guardians is the weight. They are really heavy, you will notice it on the skin track up, and on deep pow at the resort I would notice it near the end of the day. I am not a small guy at 180 6'3, and I definitely noticed the weight of the binding.

-There are issues with the aluminum rails breaking after extended periods of use in the backcountry. The issue is that snow will build under the rail, and as you walk the rail will flex as the snow pack hardens, after enough tours the rail can snap from the stress. There is a review down the page detailing this for those interested.

-Did I mention how heavy these are?

Bottom Line: These are made to be a 90% resort, 10% backcountry binding. If your resort sticks need the option to take some slackcountry turns and you are tired of bootpacking to the summit, this is a great way to go. If you are a dedicated backcountry enthusiast, save your legs for the descent and get a tech setup.

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Pretty Bomer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive been using these heavily on the east coast for the past 2 seasons on and off. The setup is heavy, but the reward on the down is excellent. I always feel secure in these bindings. Honestly its not a bad way to go even on the longer tours (had a few 15+ mile 10K+vert days) The stronger you are the more rewarded you will be with this setup. On the deeper days I have had some buildup problems, which is a problem with all frame style AT bindings. This can be alleviated to a point by periodically cleaning as you go.

What is the difference between these and...

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What is the difference between these and the Atomic Tracker 16 Alpine Touring Binding? Same price tech same make, any dif?

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Salomon makes bindings for Atomic. The only difference is graphics.

Has anyone experienced the same problem...

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Has anyone experienced the same problem as KF below or other problems with reliability? Looking for a good din binding for my next ski purchase (110+ width).

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I have had durability issues with a set of Atomic Trackers. (same binding) AFD plates have cracked 3 times in 14 mos.(atomic warrantied the part, but still a pain in the a**) Toe pieces have developed so much slop that I am afraid to use them anymore, and rivets holding aluminum bars are falling out. They ski/tour better than dukes, but are not as durable. IMO , not built to be a daily driver.
Thank goodness for Backcountry's return policy... they are going back.
Bomber? Pfft...

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Initial thoughts..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I mounted these the back plates were tough to get flat and the screw plates were not milled correctly.. After some work I managed to get em tight and flat. After I locked down the heels there was noticeable slop side to side. Not awesome. After asking around I found that this was "normal" wtf? So not real pumped off the bat. But before I writ them off I took em out a few times and have been pleasantly surprised. Switch Landings on hard pack no prob and bombing chunder they handled fine.There is no perfect system yet so keep that in mind when buying AT bindings. I will update this maybe midway through the season and see how they hold up.

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Mid Season Report;
Well so far they haven't broken. They handle everything pretty well. After touring a lot more on these I have only a few Cons. The risers suck and easily fall down down on the steep ups while walking and it clips you back in, real annoying. And there is only two settings, high and low. Next they are heavy as hell. So all in all I will keep the same rating at three stars and say these are great for 90/10 maybe 80/20 resort to tour. If your looking to tour more than tha the 4frnt/Tyrolia Adrenalins are a better option, easier lockdown and risers with 3 levels, lighter and still 16 DIN.

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