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Guardian MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding
The uphill ease of a tech binding counts for a lot, but sometimes the smooth skinning isn't worth the occasionally performance bobble on the way down. When you need bomber skiing as well as solid skinning, an alpine-inspired AT binding like the Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Binding is where it's at. With retention that's virtually identical to trusted alpine clamps, the Guardian has a DIN that can be cranked all the way up to 13, so you won't worry about stepping out of your bindings in sketchy areas, and a sliding AFD and U Power toe piece for consistent lateral and twisting release and reliable power transfer.
- Alpine touring binding with single-frame design offers reliable descending
- Aluminium baseplate construction is flex-free for consistent feedback
- Low-profile chassis keeps your boot close to the ski for a natural feel
- Tour mode is accessible without removing the ski for quick transitions
- Item #SAL01TJ
What do you think about this product?
March 23, 2020
Good for downhill and occasional uphill
I bought a pair of these bindings for my primary resort skis so that I could use them if necessary for touring, and for my wife's skis, which she occasionally uses for touring. They are totally fine for downhill at the resort. For uphill - two related comments: (1) the riser is not fixed in place and it is easy to accidentally kick it back down when you are going uphill and (2) when you do that, if you kick it to the back of the ski (which is the more common direction) then it is easy to click yourself back in to downhill mode, meaning that you need to stop and re-position yourself for uphill travel. Not a huge deal but for somewhat inexperienced climbers it is a bit of a drag to have the riser keep falling down and to have to re-release the heel. No regrets in buying them because their primary role in our family is for the resort, but it was something that we noted during some recent touring.