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    Shift MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding

    Until now, backcountry skiers could choose between two styles of alpine touring bindings. Either they could go with tech bindings for a lighter weight on the skin track, or they could get a frame alpine touring binding with DIN ratings for a reliable release on the downhill. While tech bindings lack those release ratings, and frame bindings weigh more than resort bindings, Atomic's Shift MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding brings the best of both worlds. It's the one of the first ski bindings that's Multi-Norm Certified for boots with both tech pins and DIN release ratings. Sure there are a few hybrid bindings with tech toes and DIN-rated heel pieces, but the Shift is the first with a toe piece that's tech and DIN-rated. With this binding, you get the lightweight efficiency of tech bindings for the ascent, and reliable release ratings for a safer descent.

    The Shift requires you skin in tech mode. Simply flick switches on both the toe and heel pieces to engage the toe's pins and activate the heel's walk mode. In walk mode, the Shift's pins provide the same walking stride and touring efficiency as any tech binding. There's also a heel riser to assist with the skin track's steeper sections. Without a frame, the Shift only weighs a mere three pounds, which isn't as light as ultralight tech bindings, but they're certainly lighter than alpine touring bindings and those hybrids with DIN heels and tech toes. After reaching the top of the skin track, you can flick those same switches on the toe and heel pieces to clip back into the binding like it was a regular alpine binding. The toe piece's 47mm elastic travel gives this binding a rugged DIN rating of thirteen, so feel free to ride the backcountry as rowdy as you'd ride the resort, knowing full well that you can release safely when you fall.
    • Touring binding with high performance in both hike and ride mode
    • MNC accommodates tech, alpine touring, and standard alpine boots
    • DIN holds a reliable release rating of thirteen
    • Adjustable toe height allows switch between different boot norms
    • Lightweight design has wide platform for lateral power transmission
    • Low profile chassis enhance power transmission to the ski
    • Self-retracting freeski brakes stay out of the way when not needed
    • Item #ATO00DT

    Tech Specs

    Release Rating
    6 - 13
    Boot Compatibility
    alpine (ISO 5355), tech, AT lugged (ISO 9523)
    Brake Width
    90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm
    Brakes Included
    Stand Height
    Heel Elevators
    2°, 10°
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 3lb 13oz
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, backcountry skiing, freeride/powder skiing, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    Amazing would be an understatement

      Walk up, ski down, repeat. These bindings are next level. I have been on a set of tech bindings for the past 10 years, and have always been hesitant to see how hard I could ski them before they failed. I am incredibly happy to see Salomon/Atomic release these finally after years of teasing. Now, never fear an early release while in the backcountry.

      Good. Not Great. Yet....

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Don't get me wrong, these are game changers. They ski downhill like a downhill binding and they go uphill like an AT binding. And while heavier, that is a non-issue except for the most pathological weight junkies or pure ski mountaineers.

      However, the walk/ski toggle is finicky. The toggle locks into place with a subtle "pop" but in future versions that mechanism needs to be made more solid. I had the binding pre-release while skinning in deep snow 2x because the tab slipped out of Lock mode. From that point, I simply monitored the tab to make sure it was in Lock mode but that gets tedious over a long day of skinning.

      It should be a simple fix.

      A whole new class of binding

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These bindings do a good job of combining downhill security and uphill maneuverability. The ability to ski in a solid alpine-style binding with DIN adjustment while using touring boots is incredible. I also love how comparatively light these bindings are, but I worry about their long-term durability. It seems like a lot of plastic that could break- time will tell. If you are used to a Dynafit-style pin binding, these will take some time to figure out and adjust to how they function, but it is well worth it. I imagine these are the beginning of a whole new class of bindings.

      Inbounds - Great, Touring - Also Great

        Ive skied this thing hard inbounds. I used to race, so i put a lot into my turns. The binding has held up perfectly! It is also great for touring. Large upgrade from the Marker Dukes.

        Versatile binding

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I have used these a few times and I am so far loving them. Great bindings if you only want to own one pair of skis. I love that I can tour at them and use them at the resort.

        Do it all

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This binding is really your one-quiver binding. Great for touring as it's not too heavy (though not a super-light binding to be clear) but burly enough to feel in control when you're pushing it.

        Super Stoked

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Initial impressions only here, haven't had a chance to use them but they seem like a reasonable weight for what they are and I'm excited to take them out. Love that I can ride my 111's in the backcountry and at the resort.

        so far, so good

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I'm really excited about these bindings. Having an adjustable toe and and AFD are really great features that finally got worked into a touring binding. Being able to click into a tried and true alpine set up for the downhill without the weight and stand-height of frame bindings like the Duke is awesome. I have only checked them out initially, so once I have some days out on them, I will come back with more feedback. So far though, I'm pumped.

        Very Excited

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Unfortunately I am also still waiting to put these to use, but have some initial thoughts. Finally seeing these in the flesh and feeling them I think Salomon/Atomic struck a perfect balance of weight/strength. Sure these are heavier than the true tech competition, but they feel robust enough to actually trust as a resort binding so I am happy to give up the weight.

        And in my opinion, a little bit of weight is not a huge deal since the weight sits on your skis, and is not something you have to lift up with you as you tour. For those going from frame touring bindings I'm confident it will be an absolute game changer. For those switching from lighter tech bindings, I think it will come down to just how highly you value that true alpine feel on the downhills.

        If you crush super long tours and move fast you'll probably rue the weight penalty, but if you're like me and suffer through short-mid length days of touring in hopes of finding challenging terrain/features on the way down, I think these have some insane potential.

        Will comment back here once I've got a few days on them. Mounting on some Line Sakanas.

        Finally got these bad boys out. As expected, they were awesome. Everything functioned great up and down hill. Still can't comment on longevity, but if these things prove reasonably durable I'd say they really are the "game changer" that atomic/salomon was going for.

        Very Impressed

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I was finally able to get out and put these bindings to the test this past weekend for three hard days of skiing. I always had a feeling that they would tour super well but was curious about the downhill performance/ capability. THESE THINGS ROCK! Hardpack, chunder, powder, cliff drops, wind lip jumps... you name it they can handle it. I was running them at 10din and had zero issues with pre releasing. I highly recommend this binding to someone looking for a great solution to weight and performance in their bindings.

        Very Impressed

        Haven't Used Yet

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Waiting on new pair of touring skis before I get these mounted up.

        That said, it's hard to contain my excitement the first time I pulled them out of the box. The engineering on hand is beautifully elegant. For a sport that has long been marred by compromises in gear selection, this really does seem like a game changer.

        Can't wait to put turns on these later this month.

        Haven't used them yet

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I've got these set to mount on pair of DPS Wailer 106 Alchemis's, and I am way to stoked to shred with em. I'll post a full in depth review once I get to take em out a few times.

        Frame bindings are dead

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The title says it all. People wanted the best of both worlds and the shifts are providing all needs in one. A semi-lightweight AT binding that is a true 50/50 performer.

        I had the amazing opportunity to use these last year and I was taken aback when I made my first turn. HOW??? How can I skin up a mountain and turn around and have a skiing experience like I was dropped off by heli and ski a serious alpine run with the feel and release of a real alpine run? Well these bindings are doing more than turning heads. They are shifting people's perspectives on what a binding should be to give access to what they love. They shift our quivers to perhaps a smaller or to be more versatile. I must say my new shifts are allowing me to not have to make that hard choice of "which ski should I tour on?" Question answered.

        Total Shake Up!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        When I first saw the Shift Binding at Outdoor Retailer last year, I thought there was no way this product made any sense. Atomic had a few on their demo fleet, and despite being a bit weary to charge hard on a binding that looked like a lot of plastic, I was absolutely blown away.
        I've always had a bit of trepidation when it comes to pin bindings , and the Shift is a perfect balance between the two! it offers the convenience of a pin binding for easy touring, and a seamless transition into a more alpine style binding for downhill, without compromising too much on weight. Check out this video for more deets, featuring the man himself Daron Rahlves:

        Disrupt the Industry

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        "We said to the R&D guys, 'If you can make a pin binding that tours like a pin binding but skis like a normal binding, that's the holy grail. That's the dream." - Cody Townsend
        And they did just that! it truly is the best of both worlds. Touring with a pin binding, but skiing on a normal alpine binding is what you get with the Atomic or Salomon Shift binding!

        I have the same question as another person. What crampons work with this binding??? Can’t find info on this and it seems to be the only shortcoming.

        Hey Brandon

        , We don't carry any ski crampons that are compatible with these bindings. I can't seem to find any online either that are specifically compatible with these bindings! This appears to be the only downside!

        What brands of crampons will work with these?

        Hey Hans,

        We don't carry any ski crampons that are compatible with these bindings. I can't seem to find any online either that are specifically compatible with these bindings! This appears to be the only downside!

        Yeah, I can't find any OEM crampons at USA retail sites. The slot seems similar in size/shape for a Dynafit crampon, but I wouldn't want to force it and crack the toe plate if it wasn't specifically engineered for that. Awesome binding. But on icy steeper tracks, crampons are a big help.