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Atomic Shift MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding

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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
yes
Stand Height
30mm
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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>Rating: 2

Multiple Serious Design Flaws

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

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.

>Rating: 5

Shift (perfect release and control)

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Started this year with the G3 Ion 12 which are lite weight and awesome, but I had one pre release and the other fail to release the first day of December this year. This pulled ligaments in my left knee... Thankfully did not tear anything... After a month and a half l was finally able to get out and start moving again. Picked up a pair of these bindings and gave them a go. I read a lot of reviews and figured I would put these to the test. Have done multiple trips out as well as rode groomers. I ate it pretty hard at the park portion of one of the local ski hills and the release was like a dream, NO torquing of the knee. Have done drop offs and popped off jumps with no problems, skinning was not a problem either and as others have said I do not believe the 3rd riser is necessary. I did have some snow pack temporarily engage the brake before an ascent, but it was quickly cleared and skinning up I went. In the short time of owning these bindings they have been used from -20F to 20F and they keep chugging along. I found it easier to place the pins on your boots by hooking one side on either the left or right pin then releasing the toe piece to clamp the other side of your boots vs. trying to do both at once. After you get the hang of it, it’s pretty fast. Like any different set up you have to get a feel for it. If you are looking for a solid ride with less fear of destroying your knees, I would highly recommend these. The weight does not seem as bad as many say. I wi™ll take a little extra weight over legs that can potentially never ski again. Test a pair if you can and see if the juice is worth the squeeze. I give them my blessing.

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>Rating: 3

Hmmm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These bindings have benefits, just read everyone's reviews. For me, I've mounted a lighter all-mountain ski and use it at the resort with my alpine boots as much as I do in the backcountry with my Maestrales. However, here's my beef: - the brakes are much lighter weight and easy to bend. I took two runs on the first day and noticed that one of the brakes had bent on me. I bent it back, and it seems fine, but was surprised. - Also the brakes don't make it easy for me to separate my skis (99mm ski on the 100mm shift) , I have to disengage each side individually by hand, maybe that's my bad for getting the wrong size. - The heel (both sides on a single lap) flipped from walk mode to brakes down a few times due to snow build-up in the locking mechanism. I had to take the ski off and clean out the packed snow with a combo of pole and blowing and water before I could completely clear it out and get it to lock again. - it is more difficult to get into the pins on the toe in walk mode than on other at-only bindings - only two lifts on walk-mode, but it's not that big of a deal and I haven't missed the third level that much. So, it's got compromises on both sides. I thought I could use this as a way to save money and not have to maintain a separate AT and resort set-up. And it has honestly saved me money and made both resort and backcountry accessible to me. Would I buy it again?? Maybe. But I reserve the right to gripe a bit.

>Rating: 4

Toe piece, heel piece!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I'm an aggressive skier who is willing to sacrifice some uphill speed for downhill performance. I've been skiing on the Marker Kingpins for a few years but decided to switch over to the full toe piece that the Shift offers. These bindings do it all. They are easy to switch into tour mode when you're at the trailhead, and they ski beautifully with a full toe and heel piece on the way down. My only cons are: - They are harder to get the pins in on the front of your boot than the Kingpins were. Not sure if this is just an eyesight thing or what, but the Kingpins seemed much easier. - They can sometimes freeze up or have ice/snow build up on the binding. This makes it more difficult to switch from tour to ski mode. Overall, I'm a happy customer so far! I've only used these a handful of times in early season tours, so I'll update if there are any changes to my review as I ski them more.

>Rating: 5

The only binding you need

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

After reading rave reviews I finally purchased these bindings. They do not disappoint! They are the perfect pair of bindings for everyday use, whether you're in the backcountry or ripping groomers. Durability was not sacrificed in creating these lightweight bindings. No regrets! Highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

The One Bidning to Rule them ALL

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Shift binding is a really special binding.. So much technology, thought, and passion have been put into this beautiful piece of work. Whether you like cruising down groomers and/or trees with the occasional hike up, or hiking up to charge down sweet lines, this is the binding to have.. Some pin bindings may be lighter with similar qualities, HOWEVER, the Shift is not only more durable, but also a MNC (MultiNormCertified) binding. I've been lucky enough to deal with the DIN (German Institute of Standardization), and they test PREFECT, unlike some others.. Save your knee and buy a Shift..

>Rating: 5

Game Changer - first generation

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Figured I'd add in this amazing hype video Salomon made about the Shift binding (Salomon and Atomic Actually manufacture bindings together so essentially its the same exact binding like the Salomon Shift but different color) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHaucX1a1XU Let me know if you have any questions.

>Rating: 4

Versatile and functional

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Shift binding definitely helps solve the problem of the one quiver binding. Like any one quiver item, it isn't exceptional anywhere, BUT it is the best option on the market! I've been using my Atomic Backlands with the Shift as a one ski quiver this season and so far they have been great. Some trade offs - While I wouldn't want to do any long, spring days on this binding due to weight, I do LOVE they way they ski down when I'm in the backcountry. When I'm riding lifts, I have noticed a little play between the toe piece and my boot when I hit chunder, however, I have never come out of the binding.

Sounds like a toe height adjustment problem! Common stuff in the new age of bindings! Pretty much any ski shop can help you with that if you don't know how to adjust that!

>Rating: 5

Best of both worlds

The ability to switch easily from touring to downhill is awesome. Its nice having the full features of a touring binding and having the peace of mind and security of a full releasing downhill binding. When storing the skis together, the brakes are hard to get apart, which could be a good thing, or an inconvenience. Overall a solid binding with some amazing features.

>Rating: 5

Cutting Edge

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

Atomic and Salomon really knocked it out the park on this one. These things are super light and descend like resort bindings.

>Rating: 5

Believe the Hype! / Note lowest DIN = 6

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Not much to add to the other reviews as far as performance goes. Pretty awesome and an impressive feat of engineering. As someone new to touring who will mostly be skiing at the resort, I love that I can have a one ski quiver for both with minimal compromises. It's stated in the tech specs but may be worth repeating here: the lower limit of the DIN settings is 6, so if you're a very small/light person like me, you won't have many options in terms of DIN. If you usually ski at a lower setting you might be better off with the Kingpin 10 or the Fristchi Tecton, both of which go down to 5.

>Rating: 5

Tour mode - toe lever up!

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

These bindings held up well during a couple of alpine days, although no jumps for me! A few reviewers noted that the toe lock in Tour mode isn't very stable. Make sure you're putting the toe piece all the way up - it should be vertical and the arrows at the base should be mostly out of view. Takes a bit of extra pressure to get it fully locked & vertical, but this is the intended tour mode.

April, thank you so much for the review! Good to hear you enjoy riding with them!

>Rating: 4

what you need to know.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This binding overall is a game-changer. I will skip the "its great downhill and uphill and wow and amazing" Those things are all true, but I have some things to say if you are considering this binding that I would want to know myself if I was in the market. 1. I can't tell the difference between this and another alpine binding on the downhill, I have dropped 25+ foot drops without a problem BUT it does have a higher stack height (distance between the boot and ski) because of the tech necessary for transitioning between two versions of skiing. (alpine and touring) 2. The locking mechanism for the toe is fine, but needs a little more oomf. you can feel it sort of pop into place to lock the toe in touring mode, but it has slipped down on me while on full day tours. when you lock the white toe tab down for alpine mode it has a strong click, why not duplicate that for locking it up? 3. the heel is flawless. some people have had complaints about the brakes hitting something on the uphill and releasing down into ski mode, as long as you size your brakes correctly and use good skinning technique I don't see this being an issue. hasn't been for me at least. 4. MOST important, you HAVE to adjust the AFD plate on this binding so that it puts the correct amount of pressure upwards against the toe sole of the boot. if you don't, you will get wiggling up and down in the toe and pre-release. your local shop should do it while mounting but I have talked to many who had to do it themselves. (including myself) This binding is less than a pound heavier than most tech bindings, so don't worry yourself on weight. I would focus on ski weight more if you are concerned than I would of the weight of this binding. If you are an experienced skier I would set the DIN .5 or 1 number high than you usually do. Overall I would 100% recommend it, just know what you are getting and have fun!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

I have the Dukes now. Really want to pull the trigger on these. Good to hear you can really push them inbounds too!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating:

Is it possible to swap the brake size out on these? Just wondering if I decide to swap skis if I can get/put a 110mm brake on a set of bindings that originally had 100 brakes. Thanks.

>Rating:

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!

>Rating:

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.