DJ K.wrote a review of Salomon S/Lab Shift MNC Alpine Touring Binding on February 11, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Just got done touring with a new pair of these in British Columbia backcountry, and oh my do these things have some major issues. Here is the breakdown.
The Good: Fantastic alpine mode. Skis as good as any alpine binding you'll find within 13 DIN range.
The Bad: Back brake is ultra sensitive and will release while skinning up the mountain, and this gets worse the colder it gets, which brings me to...
The Ugly: At temperatures of 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less, these bindings simply become unusable in touring mode. Not only does the back brake pop out, but the front toe piece mechanism releases consistently. It seems the pieces become frozen in touring mode and just cannot stay locked. I cannot stress enough how dangerous this is if you are far in the backcountry and your bindings simply become unusable as temperatures drop.
I thought (or was hoping) this was just a defect with my bindings in particular, but our touring guide informed me that multiple people have experienced the same issues as me. I simply could not believe a product like this was not QC-ed at low temperatures, or worse, it was tested and Salomon just released it to the mass market knowing about the defects.
Bottom line is that these bindings are NOT legitimate touring bindings. They are great resort alpine bindings that can handle some basic sidecountry, but are a complete liability for backcountry touring. I would implore Salomon to have a disclaimer about this because as I stated, these things pose great danger for those who think they can venture far into the backcountry with these bindings.