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The only binding you'll need.
With the retention and release of a traditional alpine binding and touring performance that's downright shocking, the Atomic Tracker 13 Alpine Touring Binding can handle just about anything you might want to ski this winter. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged U Power toe, oversized platform, and a DIN that goes to 13, but it'll get you up to to those backcountry lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you're still locked into the binding. The Tracker certainly isn't as light and fast as a tech binding, but if you're more interested in short tours, big lines, and all-mountain versatility than long approaches and techy skiing, then it will definitely get the job done.
There are a few changes to this year's version of the Tracker. The addition of Multi-Norm Compatibility (MNC) means it's compatible with most alpine, touring, and WTR boot soles. That'll save you from having to invest in multiple boots to fit all your bindings, but it doesn't affect the reliable release and retention of the Tracker. The aluminum double tubes have been strengthened for a burlier ride, the stand height checks in at a low and precise 26mm, and the easily-adjustable toe piece makes getting the fit and release settings right a cinch. Atomic even simplified the base plate to prevent icing and snow buildup, so you'll spend less time fiddling with your bindings and more time shredding.
- 5-13 DIN setting
- Adjustable sole height
- MultiNorm certified
- Tool-less hike to ski mode
- Low-profile chassis
- Oversized platform
- Two climbing positions
- Item #ATO004E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These might be the easiest AT bindings I have seen as it is very simple to switch into touring mode using your pole. However, they are every bit of 6.7 lbs. Definitely time to consider tech bindings if you're looking to cut weight.