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Salomon Guardian MNC 16 Alpine Touring Binding


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    When you venture into the backcountry to slay steep and committing lines, you want a binding that is going to hold you to your ski when you're picking up speed and taking big airs. The Salomon Guardian MNC 16 Alpine Touring Binding is a huck-able binding with DIN values that won't pre-release at the worst possible time. Salomon made a few tweaks to this year's iteration of the Guardian to improve on its now legendary downhill performance. A reduced stand height, an oversized chassis, and the U power toe all come together to increase power transmission to the ski, as well as lateral power transmission, making these bindings an ideal clamp for girthy big mountain boards.

    One of the big complaints about previous versions of the Guardian was its boot compatibility. Well, Salomon worked that out by making the binding Multi Norm Certified, so it will now accommodate everything from your alpine boot to lugged AT boot. The hike and ride switch allows for quick transitions from walk to ski mode without having to take off your ski, while the easily lifted heel elevators help make your climb a whole lot easier. With a burly DIN range of 7-16, the Guardian will hold big skiers tight when they're taking big airs and charging down big lines in variable conditions.

    • 7-16 DIN setting
    • Sliding AFD plate
    • Double Full flex
    • U power toe
    • Oversized platform
    • Low profile chassis
    • Hike and ride switch
    • Multi Norm Certified
    • Item #SAL00KP

    Tech Specs

    Release Rating
    7 - 16
    Boot Compatibility
    alpine (ISO 5355), touring (ISO 9523), WTR (walk to ride)
    Brake Width
    90 mm, 100 mm, 115 mm, 130 mm
    Brakes Included
    Safety Features
    MNC (multi-norm certified), U Power Toe, sliding AFD, automatic wing adjustment
    Stand Height
    26 mm
    Recommended Use
    freeride, all-mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    When skiing reliability and durability are pinnacle for me. After skiing on this binding for a season I can honestly say things could have been better. I have had several unexpected releases, one leaving me with a separated shoulder. Also, the rear lock broke off when a ski ejected and the binding is now rendered useless. I recommend the marker dukes and kingpins for freeride touring or any Look product for resort skiing. Feel free to reach out if you have questions about these or getting a new setup.

    Like em. Cant trust em.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I like the dual function of the bindings. Being a bigger guy 6'4" 200, I was wary of early incarnations of tech binding to do the job. I always trusted Salomon's predictable clunk to let me know I was safely in their bindings.
    Snapped both rails at the pin location in the heel piece of one of the Guardians on the second day of a heliski-touring trip in Haines AK. Weather and snow were green lights. This royally sucked. Snapped the rails at the exact same place as the photo submitted by Riley Moser.
    Salomon was very helpful. They offered to replace them or fix them. However the writing is on the wall with these and not really interested in using them again. Going to move to a two binding quiver for next season. Thanks anyway.

    Unreliable POS

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this these bindings on multiple sets of skis for 3 straight years, with near 200 days in the resort and 60 in the backcountry. They ski great but they will break without warning leaving you stranded. I've broken 2 toe pieces completely off and I have also snapped the rails in half.

    The pivot screw in the toe piece has a tendency to back out of the nut. If this happens the nut will fall out of the binding keeping you from being able to repair the binding even if you noticed the screw was half way out. If you try to skin without the screw tightened down it will back out again and you will eventually have a binding stuck to your foot and not the ski.

    The rails can snap at any time. Usually they will break because snow or ice has built up under the binding but they can sometimes break for no apparent reason at all.

    DO NOT TRUST THIS BINDING. If you are using it continually check the front toe piece screw before every ride it will save your bacon. Also before every ride say a couple of prayers to make sure your rails won't snap.

    Just what I needed

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

    Love that I can take these into a multitude of different conditions and they won't skip a beat. Was a bit worried about the other reviews talking about the clean split in the aluminum but I'm hoping that doesn't happen. Will report back mid-season!

    Solid bindings

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These bindings worked well for me on the slopes, and are able to work for backcountry skiing, which is why I got them, so I am really looking forward to taking them out.

    2nd broken binding in one season.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Yesterday I was 2hrs into a ski tour requiring a bootpack up 1500ft bushwacking before reaching the snow line. Within 10minutes of dropping into the valley I put my skis into tour mode and the heal piece fell off. I was forced to hike out on a different route. Do not trust these bindings for any serious tours. If it breaks it is going to be very hard to repair in the field and could screw you over.

    2nd broken binding in one season.

    Bombproof Binding not built for Freeride

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been using Atomic Tracker 16/Salomon Guardian 16 bindings for the last 3 seasons with both companies logos on them. They have been fantastic for those who want performance over light weight specs. Unfortunately I bought another pair for some new skis this season and within 70 days on the slope I put them into tour mode to begin a recent tour and my left heel fell off; clean snap on the aluminum rails. The major flaw that Salomon/Atomic needs to fix is replacing the aluminum chassis underfoot with something more durable in the winter environment. They should have more forethought on material choice. For a so called freeride binding I expect to be able to do nose butters in powder, inverts and cliff stomps without the binding failing. Aluminum rails are not suitable for a sport where the ski is going to be flexing constantly and also in cold temps. I have also had other shredders have the same problem with this binding snapping in half.
    Until they fix this problem I would not recommend this binding until they update the construction of the frame underfoot.
    Skier specs- 160lbs, 5ft 11in, Freerider in the Freeride World Qualifiers

    One binding do it all

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I LOVE these bindings. I ride mostly resort with these but it is great to have the option to bring these on a tour in the future if I want! These ski pretty much exactly like an alpine binding except they are really heavy so you might feel a bit more tired throwing your sticks around. I hardly notice the difference though and the stack height is on the lower end for a frame binding which adds to the alpine feel.

    Touring in these is a but laborious but if you only want one set up or tour to gnarly lines these are worth the weight. I have a touring setup separate but whip these out if I am going on a trip and only want one ski to shred the resort and tour the backcountry.

    Solid & Secure ride down the hill!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Purchased these as a gift, initial thoughts, "The Guardian 16 was much needed when it was introduced a couple years ago to compete with Marker Dukes. These are great bindings for the person that doesn't mind sacrificing a little extra weight for a solid and secure ride down the mountain. Good materials and built very strong."


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pros: ski amazing down hill, very durable, clicking in and release even at a high din is easy.
    Cons: heavy on the uphill, often find myself wanting a middle riser, riser isn't always easy to move.

    I purchased the previous model of this binding and have been really happy with it for the way I use it. The reason that I went with this binding over the Marker Duke was because friends of mine at the time were having lots of issues with Markers. I think these bindings have a nice stand height to them and are very stiff to get all of your power to the ski. I use this binding at the ski resort a lot and do most of my touring from there or off of snowmobile trails. This means they are short tours most of the time and the weight isn't a big deal.

    Unanswered Question

    Hard to believe that none of the AT bindings I looked at on your website list their weight...anyone who does BC skiing needs that info....seriously, what's up?

    Hello there,

    Can I use Dynafit Vulcan or Mercury AT boots with this?
    The specification in both boots and binding shows that ISO 9523 compatible. Thank you.

    Hey Soo K. - Both the Dynafit Vulcan and Mercury Boots will work with these Guardian MNC 16 Bindings. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering boots/bindings or with any additional questions. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

    Hi, I have the 2015/2016 Guardians with a Scarpa Freedom SL boot. The Guardian appears to be compatible with ISO 9523, and the Freedom SL sole is ISO 9523. After mounting the bindings, the guys in the shop recommended that I get the optional alpine sole mounting plate for the Guardian, suggesting "you would keep your knees intact". Is there a known safety concern using boots with ISO 9523? I would much rather not get the alpine sole....kinda destroys the purpose of the boot in some ways.

    Sorry, I realize the statement I made above wasn't clear. It should have read: "After mounting the bindings, the guys in the shop recommended that I get the optional alpine sole mounting plate for the SCARPA BOOT."

    hi , i have ski rossignol soul 7 /136 106 126/
    and solomon WTR boots i iam lookink for this bidings, i am 200 lb weight, is this bidings only to 130 lb thaks JAREK

    Hey Jarek - The Guardian MNC 16 AT Bindings do not have a max weight of 130 lbs. and with the 16 DIN they would be the best choice for you as a 200 lbs., experienced skier. You will need the 115 mm brake option for your Soul 7 Skis. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions as you start getting ready for winter.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    Unanswered Question

    Hello. I have Salomon STH 14 Driver binding on my Bent Chetler. Is this or Guardian MNC 13 mount hole positions same as STH 14 Driver?

    I just hope if I can reuse holes with this binding coming from same manufacturer. I really like current mounting positions and want to stay that way if can.

    any other consequential differences to the marker duke, other than not having multiple risers? also, any advice on reliability, iv had friends that have problems with both. Iv heard the guardians ski significantly closer to a true alpine binding than the duke?

    They are both very similar bindings. Comparable in weight and features. The biggest differences between the two is the way they latch, and the standing height over the ski where the guardian is much lower than the duke. The nice thing about the guardian is that they can lock/unlock from the ski without removing your boot from the binding. Both systems are prone to buildup of ice and packed snow under the binding which sometimes makes it hard to get the binding to lock down without having to clean it off, but honestly you would be very happy with either the duke or the guardian.

    Will these work with Rossignol AllTrack Pro boots? And will they mount on Black Diamond Megawatt Skis? (130mm Brake)

    I live in Japan but currently sleeping in Iraq. I need new gear to attack the mountain next month.

    Best Answer

    Hey Araceli,

    These bindings will work with the Rossignol All Track Pro boots. And for the Black Diamond Megawatts you will want the 130 mm brake. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in a whole new ski set-up.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead -

    How many riser levels on this binding? Salomon normally provided just one whereas we all hoped the new iteration would give two. I take it my Tecnica Cochise boots will be fine regards compatability?

    Hi Chris,

    These bindings will have an *almost* flat mode, and then one large heel riser. The Marker series have flat tour modes.

    No issues with Cochise in terms of compatibility.

    Reach out to me and I can answer any other questions you have.