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Gotta get up to get down.
The uphill ease of a tech binding counts for a lot, but sometimes the smooth skinning isn't worth the occasionally questionable performance on the way down. When you need bomber skiing as well as solid skinning, an alpine-inspired AT binding like the Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Binding is where it's at. With retention that's virtually identical to trusted alpine clamps, the Guardian has a DIN that can be cranked all the way up to 13, so you won't worry about stepping out of your bindings in sketchy areas, and a sliding AFD and U Power toe piece for consistent lateral and twisting release and reliable power transfer. The Double Full Flex baseplate and burly aluminum tubes provide a flex-free platform, so you don't feel like you're floating independently of your skis, and the low-profile chassis keeps you close to the snow for increased control and a natural feel.
Of course, all this would be for naught if the Guardian was a POS on the way up. Luckily, it isn't, with features like a flat nose that pivots 90 degrees for a natural stride and an easy Hike & Ride switch that can be activated without stepping out of the binding. A single flip-up climbing bail provides heel elevation for steeper ascents. Even better, the Guardian uses Salomon's MNC (Multi-Norm Compatible) system, which means it'll work with traditional alpine boots, AT boots with rubber soles, Salomon's WTR boots, and even some tech boots, so you don't have to buy extra gear to access your dream line.
- Multi-norm certified
- 4-13 DIN rating
- Hike & Ride switch
- Low-profile chassis with aluminum tubes
- Oversized platform
- U Power toe piece
- Double Full Flex baseplate with aluminum tubes
- Sliding AFD
- Item #SAL00KQ
- Q & A
Go tech if you want to go fast
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Going along the same lines as most reviews here. These bindings are just too heavy for my use. If you are are on a budget they are great. But otherwise I would urge you to go with a full tech set up. You will be happy you made the choice - even though it is a stout investment, it is all worth it in the end.
I used these for two seasons until getting Kingpins in October '15. I am very glad I made the switch/investment and I wish that I had done it from the start!
Just a little heavy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Getting into backcountry skiing is pretty expensive, and if you don't want to break the bank, a frame binding is an easy way to get into it. I've found that this binding is extremely easy to use, a great price point, and hasn't failed me. The biggest issues with these are the weight, and how you don't have a ton of options in terms of the heel riser height. If you plan on doing long backcountry tours, I would recommend going with a tech binding, but for those who are just getting into it, or experimenting with some sidecountry, this binding is the way to go.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It's a solid binding, but its really heavy which is a BIG draw back in my opinion. Maybe I'm just out of shape. . . but trying to hike seven miles in these was physically exhausting. Who cares if there is a flex-free platform and low-profile chassis if my legs are burning so badly by the time I reach the top that my skiing is sloppy anyways. Be in really good shape if you buy these and put them on small, light skis or just get lighter bindings.
I purchased these bindings mostly for their versatility. I’m a resort skier who occasionally ventures out into the backcountry and the Guardian is the perfect fit. Stiff enough for the deepest pow on the resort and nimble enough for a full day of hiking. This is my first AT binding, so I can’t really comment on the weight. There may be some lighter bindings out there, but I find the Guardian to be the perfect fit for me. I use these on the K2 Annex and I couldn’t be happier with the combo!
Will those bindings works with Salomon Q-83 Myriad Skis - Womens 2016 152 cm?
Hey Ziggy - These would work with your Salomon Q-83 Myriad Skis in the 90 mm brake size and the binding size will depend on your boot sole length. You are most likely a Small. Other good choices would be the Marker Tour F10 or Atomic Tracker 13 MNC. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss your options or with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
Can you truly get away with running standard alpine boots with these binding or is it best to get a AT specific boot? Im just having a hard time wrapping my brain around touring with my beeefy downhill boot.
These bindings are meant to be used with a boot that has an alpine sole on it. You'll want to make sure that your boot was a walk mode, but other than that you should be good to go.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
Matthew Pizza: firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.736.5363
I have a set of Tecnica Agent ATs 2010/2011. they have a unique sole on them in comparison to the current ISOs and Tech soles. Will they work with these bindings?
I am currently a novice skier, my current DIN setup is at 5. Would these bindings last me a while or should I get the Guardian 16?
I think these should work just fine for you. If you are skiing a 5 currently, I wouldn't think you would need to go much higher than an 8 or 9 once you get your skills up which the Guardian 13 could handle just fine. Also in my opinion maxing out DIN on a touring binding isn't the best idea as I really want my binding to release if caught in an avalanche. Let me know if you have other questions on touring bindings.
Is this binding compatible with the Scarpa Gea GT boot?
What year was this binding manufactured? Does the 13' correspond with 2013?
This is a 2016 binding from Salomon and the 13 MNC corresponds to the DIN setting. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
My boot size is 28.5 what should i get long of short?
A 28.5 boot is probably right around 320mm so the large would be a good fit. Boot sole length varies by brand/model, so check that out to confirm the correct size!!!
Small: 265 - 320mm, Large: 305 - 360mm.
Hi daniel, i have a pretty standard alpine sole boot (fulltilt), primarily used for freeskiing. Would you have any concerns for sliding with these bindings?
Also, I normally ski on about 100-104 underfoot. could these but suitably bent in without causing too much over hang?
If I have a 117mm underfoot, do I need to go with the 115 or 130 brake width? I don't want excess brake on the sides of my skis, but i'm wondering if I could just bend the 115 brake to fit the 117 underfoot. Thanks.
You can easily bend the 115 mm brakes the extra 2 mm to fit around your 117 mm underfoot skis. The 130 mm brakes will have quite a bit of overhang. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on the Salomon Guardians or other ski bindings.
What do these weigh?
The Guardian MNC 13 Bindings weigh 2920 grams (6.43 lbs.) for the pair. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions directly on these or other ski bindings.