Shift MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding
While tech bindings lack reliable release ratings for a safer descent, and frame bindings weigh more than resort bindings, Atomic's Shift 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.
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, with a heel riser to assist on 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 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.
- Touring bindings with high performance in both hike and ride mode
- MNC accommodates tech, alpine touring, and standard alpine boots
- DIN holds a reliable release rating for higher downhill confidence
- 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
- 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
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May 1, 2020
Multiple Serious Design Flaws
- I've put it through the wringer
I have had my Shifts for a season and didn't have a day touring on them where I didn't encounter problems. It's surprising to see so many glowing reviews of a binding that, frankly, needs more product development. There is a frequently talked about issue where the brakes will release in tour mode, which frankly isn't the end of the world. However, if you don't notice snow and ice will build up and make it somewhat challenging to get the brakes back into functioning tour mode. The brakes releasing in tour mode are also more of a problem if you don't have good form on kick turns and accidentally clip the transition piece in the heel. The second problem I encountered was while descending. If you really carve on these bindings, or ski variable conditions they creak, flex, and make this popping sound in the toe piece. I had multiple instances throughout the season where I pre-released skiing moderate/mellow terrain. Not comforting. The third problem is in the toe lever. After the bindings are in the cold for a little longer than 24 hours, the toe levers have a frequent problem of not staying in lock mode while touring. While I haven't seen this problem widely in other reviews of the binding, it was certainly a problem for me. I would be hiking and the toe levers come unlocked and just have the binding completely disengage from my boot. I took it into a shop several times and as long as the binding wasn't frozen it would work as expected. But it's a backcountry ski binding. It should perform in cold temperatures. I would wait for the next generation of Shifts to be released. I would not by them again, however.
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