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Minimalist backcountry binding with release values.
Weighing under two pounds per pair, Salomon's MTN + Leash Alpine Touring Binding is certainly a minimalist that best suits gram-counting backcountry skiers, but unlike most tech bindings, the MTN + has variable release ratings to better suit an array of downhill skiers ranging from beginners to intermediates. Its classic U spring design holds three different release values to keep things safe for beginners still mastering turns, and keeps expert skiers attached to their planks as they reach mach speeds.
Another unique feature with Salmon's MTN + is the wider screw integration that enhances energy transmission on the downhill. As for the uphill, this binding has two heel lifters to help you tackle the steeps. These lifters face opposite than most to prevent falling down when you're half-way up the mountain. This binding comes with leashes to further decrease weight but still keep your skis close after yard sales.
- Minimalist alpine touring binding for backcountry skiing
- Classic U spring design with three release values for downhill
- Two pole-compatible heel lifters for steep hiking
- Wider screw integration and brakes for confident descending
- Compatible with tech ski boots
- Item #SAL013L
- Q & A
light, good function/price/available
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Putting together a second set of touring gear and I was sufficiently happy with the MTNs I put on my DPS touring/powder skis last year that I'm back for more for a skinny plank setup up to add to the quiver this year. My only other experience with tech bindings is with dynafit and these seem as good or better in function but know I"m comparing several year old tech and mfg to a newer generation. I understand the MTN is a joint deal between Atomic and Salomon so if you want a different colorway in the same thing, seek out the other brand.
Does this brakeless model have the same ~30mm boot length adjustment range as the brake model, or does it omit boot length adjustment entirely like Atomic's minimalist version?