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    S/Lab Shift MNC Alpine Touring Binding

    Get excited, because the Salomon S/Lab Shift MNC Alpine Touring Binding is a completely new touring binding design—the ultimate hybrid—with all the efficiency you need on the uphill and all the capabilities of a traditional alpine binding for high performance on the descent. Besides skiing like a solid alpine binding, the Shift can pretty much accommodate any boot type—even traditional alpine boots—when it's in descent mode. Though it does require a boot with tech toe fittings for hike mode, the toe height adjustment lets you easily switch between different boot norms so you can go for a tour in your lightweight tech boots in the morning, and rip the resort in your stiff alpine boots for the rest of the day. This binding is for the skier who truly wants freedom to travel in the backcountry paired with the versatility to rip terrain in the resort, and since it weighs just over three pounds a pair, you get full skiing and touring performance without compromise or the need to have two different set-ups.

    Historically, touring bindings fell into two different categories: tech bindings or frame bindings. Tech, or pin bindings, are extremely lightweight for uphill efficiency but don't have the reliable release values that traditional alpine bindings have because of the lack of elasticity in pins of the toe piece. Frame bindings, on the other hand, have the reliable release values of a true alpine binding, but are extremely heavy, meaning you are sacrificing uphill efficiency for a more dependable, consistent release. Now, there are a few brands that have attempted to solve the issue of weight versus release reliability by designing bindings that have a tech toe coupled with an alpine-style heel so you can still crush the climbs and enjoy more reliable release values on the descents, but the problem still remains that these bindings employ a tech toe.

    The Shift has taken this long-standing issue facing the backcountry skiing community and completely revolutionized the touring binding category. It's not a hybrid—it's in a class of its own. On the climb, the toe piece has pins to accommodate a boot with a tech toe, just like a tech binding, so you can kick turn and maneuver easily on the skin track. When it's time to descend, the pins retract with the flick of a lever, and you have a solid alpine toe. The heel, which functions like a traditional alpine heel on the descent, works in hike mode by flicking up the brake lever and stepping your heel down. The brakes will rise into "up" position, and you're free to adjust the independent climb aid based on the steepness of the terrain you're ascending. For the descent, flip the brake lever back down to deploy your brakes so you can switch the toe piece without sending your ski for a ride and simply step into the binding. With DIN TUV-certified release values you'll feel as solid ripping your line as you would in your alpine bindings, which makes the Shift a wonderfully groundbreaking option for the best of both worlds.

    • New touring binding design for the best of both worlds
    • Toe piece has traditional tech pins for efficiency on the uphill
    • Toe piece changes into conventional downhill toe for the descent
    • Heel and toe piece levers allow for easy transition between modes
    • Solid heel with retractable brakes for security on the descent
    • Toe piece is Multi-Norm Certified for use with different boot types
    • Must have boot with tech toe fittings for use in tour mode
    • Item #SAL01IK

    Tech Specs

    Release Rating
    Boot Compatibility
    Multi-Norm Certified (ISO 5355 Alpine, ISO 9523 Touring, WTR, GripWalk)
    Brake Width
    90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm
    Brakes Included
    Safety Features
    TUV certified
    Heel Elevators
    2 degree and 10 degree
    Claimed Weight
    3lb 13oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Loved them at first...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These bindings are great and were exactly what I wanted but failed me as the season went on. After 15+ tours, the entire brake plate popped off binding randomly during tours. On three separate occasions, I had to completely unscrew the entire heel piece in order to lock the brake plate back onto the track. They’re unskiable without the brake plate. There are two incredibly small plastic teeth that connect the brake plate to the heel piece that are the source of this issue. Somehow, the binding is flexing (due to the plastic) and allowing this piece to pop completely off with hardly any force. I took them to a shop twice and they said there was nothing they could do. This huge issue makes the binding unreliable for big days. I’m not the only instance of this happening either; if you do research you can find multiple accounts of this happening. Alpine mode is bomber, love it. Uphill is marginal due to brake release sensitivity, only one riser, and the defect with my pair. I would wait until they come up with a version 2 of this binding before purchase.

    Heaven is a place in pow.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    What can I say. These bindings have been the entire package for me. Spent the entire season last year putting them through the works in the Wasatch backcountry and they performed like a dream. Switched because I got tired shearing pins off of my Marker Kingpins and worrying if my toe would hold after building up a nice ball of bootpack ice. I did not have a problem with the brakes as other reviews have mentioned, but I will saying locking the pins in took a while for me to be comfortable with since you really have to wrench on what feels like a pretty flimsy plastic piece.

    Game changers!

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

    So far these bindings have performed amazing. Feels just like alpine binding in ski mode and tours just like any other pin binding in tour mode. Interested to see how they hold up long term but so far so good! I got the 100mm brake size and they fit on my 102mm ski with some room to spare.

    Do you think you could get the 100mm brakes to fit a 106mm ski? I'm a bit hesitant to get the 110 brakes as I don't want them sticking out too far and think this will mitigate the release problem people are speaking about when in touring mode.

    Peter, I have 100mm Shifts on my BMX 105's.. Honestly, I had to bend the brakes slightly by hand, but I haven't had any problems. I do have to unhook the brakes from each other when I take my skis apart, but that's not a big deal to me.. I decided to go for it after I saw a YouTube video of a guy using 100mm Shifts on his QST 106's..

    These bindings are the future.

      You have the functionality and mobility that a pin binding offers on the uphill, but the sound stability of an alpine binding on the downhill. Literally the best of both worlds. I don’t see a reason to use any other binding honestly. This thing is the deal.

      What you need to know

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This binding overall is a game-changer.
      I will skip the "its great downhill and uphill and wow and amazing" Those things are all true, but I have some things to say if you are considering this binding that I would want to know myself if I was in the market.

      1. I can't tell the difference between this and another alpine binding on the downhill, I have dropped 25+ foot drops without a problem BUT it does have a higher stack height (distance between the boot and ski) because of the tech necessary for transitioning between two versions of skiing. (alpine and touring)
      2. The locking mechanism for the toe is fine, but needs a little more oomf. you can feel it sort of pop into place to lock the toe in touring mode, but it has slipped down on me while on full day tours. when you lock the white toe tab down for alpine mode it has a strong click, why not duplicate that for locking it up?
      3. the heel is flawless. some people have had complaints about the brakes hitting something on the uphill and releasing down into ski mode, as long as you size your brakes correctly and use good skinning technique I don't see this being an issue. hasn't been for me at least.
      4. MOST important, you HAVE to adjust the AFD plate on this binding so that it puts the correct amount of pressure upwards against the toe sole of the boot. if you don't, you will get wiggling up and down in the toe and pre-release. your local shop should do it while mounting but I have talked to many who had to do it themselves. (including myself)

      This binding is less than a pound heavier than most tech bindings, so don't worry yourself on weight. I would focus on ski weight more if you are concerned than I would of the weight of this binding. If you are experienced skier I would set the DIN .5 or 1 number high than you usually do. Overall I would 100% recommend it, just know what you are getting and have fun!

      Good not great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These bindings are awesome in theory, but it feels like there are still a few bugs to be worked out. As others have mentioned, the brake doesn't always stay up when going uphill, and my toe is often popping out of the front. I'm not typically in situations where this is anything more than an annoyance, so I'm still pretty sold, although I'm anxious to see how this improves next year.

      Buyer Beware

      • 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.

      Great for Backcountry and Resort

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

      I have these mounted on BD Route 95s and use them for both resort and backcountry riding. They add a bit of weight to the 95 skis to add a bit of dependability when riding groomers or choppy lines, and make heady lines less intimidating. These release great as well so you can worry less about your knees. Overall a fantastic binding for mixed resort/backcountry riding.

      One binding to rule them all!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Want to go ski touring but don't want to give up the trusted retention of your resort binders? Let me introduce you to the shift! The world's first do it all ski binding. It's a tech binding and din certified resort binder all in one. Like a transformer, but cooler.

      One Quiver Binding

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      If you are looking for a one quiver binding, this could definitely be it! It is significantly lighter and more stable than previous frame bindings (and I'm well aware this isn't a frame binding), and provides more stability and a traditional binding feel than a tech binding. Keeping in mind that these bindings are trying to accomplish both pain points, here a few of the pros/cons I've encountered in the last month:
      1. Travel is WAY easier if you need one ski for your ski bag. With baggage fees and overweight fees a constant issue on ski trips, this certainly helps eliminate that pain point.
      2. Transitions are slower than with a traditional pin binding. You can't transition and keep your boot in the binding.
      3. There is some play between the boot/binding when I'm in ski mode if there is ANY snow on the boot or binding, it's certainly a bit of a challenge on pow days. While I haven't actually walked out of my binding, it isn't a comforting feeling.
      4. The brakes pop out of skin mode easily.

      Essentially, if you are used to skinning on a tech set-up, this will definitely feel heavier and a little more sluggish than what you've got, but if you want a binding you can charge on or ski the resort, it's a great option!

      BC to Resort

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

      If you're like me you only have one boot, and it's seen the handy work of a bootfitter for many hours to ensure a comfy and perfect fit throughout. This one boot is the thing that connects me to the binding, driving the ski on every day on the hill. This binding facilitates my dream of one boot to rule them all. A tech setup for the uphill and an alpine setup for the downhill means that there is no excuse not to have a best day, everyday.
      The functionality of this binding is a little tricky initially so I recommend fooling around with it before you get out on the hill. But once you have it down it's pretty straight forward. My only gripe with these bindings is the overall weight compared to tech bindings in the market, 3lbs 13oz is quite heavy when comparing it to a Dynafit rotation 12 that comes in at 1lb 6oz.
      Overall a really cool design and is definitely the way the industry is going by way of a 50/50 ski binding. But the weight is holding me back from enjoying these bindings more.

      Great product

        I’ve been using the Shift for about a month now, with a good balance of touring and resort days.

        At first, I had to give the transition process a bit of a practice run in my living room to get used to the moving parts. Turns out it’s pretty easy and operating the change on snow hasn’t been nearly as long as I first anticipted it to be. The pins open easily and my Lange boots just glide in there now. The front piece is overall super easy to work with gloves on, which is a must when transitioning in wind-swept areas.

        The back piece works about just as well, but I’m coming out if a hut trip with tons of snow and I’ve experienced some issues with ice building up under the heel piece, resulting in the breaks releasing mid-skintrack. I’m curious if anyone has had this issue as well? It’s the only reason I give the Shift a 4 star review.

        They work really well with the Lange Freetour.

        Great product


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I used this binding on my Black Crows Atris ski for my last 14 day tour in the Snake River Range in southern Idaho. Everyday doing about 5000 ft of vertical and these bindings were awesome. The simplicity, ease of use, and the sense of safety in them were freeing. The only complaint I have is that toward the end of my trip, once or twice a day I would just slip out if them even when I had locked them in. Other than that they make for a great set up and are definitely going on every ski I buy.

        Game Changer

          Bought these to bridge between backcountry and resort skiing and they transform easily. They are a little heavier but the weight is not noticeable unless climbing extreme terrain for a full day. Only disappointment is that the DIN cannot be set lower than 6.

          never leave reviews (i promise to start)

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          this binding is the real deal.

          my wife and I decided to get into touring this season but didn't want to sacrifice our (mostly) lift served setup or secondary touring setup.....we read about the shift last season, waited to snag a pair right away this year.....and they have not disappointed. i am a not small at 5'10, 210 lbs, but not huge either. we ski mostly steep trees in the northeast and i tend to jump off anything i can find. i have about 16 days on the shifts (mounted on 99 wailers) and they ski just as well as the markers that were mounted on them last season. they haven't released once when i didn't want/need them to, and they've definitely released few times. we have used them on about 8 days on the uphill as well, and although i have no prior basis to judge against for either a tech or frame binding, we've found these to do everything we've needed. at first they can be a little finicky switching over from uphill/ski, but after doing it a few times it becomes easy and pretty quick.

          all in all we've been blown away, and as long as you have a AT boot you can ski everyday in/out of the resort this binding is the way to go. its probably a matter of time before we get another pair to put on our powder skis.


          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Salomon has really created something special here! This binding is a total game changer that pushes the limits of both touring bindings and resort bindings. I would really call this an ultralight resort binding that can also tour with the best of the touring bindings on the market. I recently used these on a deep powder day at Alta here in Utah and was very blown away with their on resort performance, easy to adjust and had no issues with prerelease or feeling rigid like other touring bindings can have with aggressive downhill skiing. The shift has the second best toe elasticity of any binding on the market, just a hari behind the Salomon STH, which really makes me feel confident on resort and in those tight places where a prerelease might be deadly. As far as a touring binding, the shift really gives me all that I need to be fast and light without losing the performance that a traditional tech toe piece loses. Overall I think Salomon has really pushed what a touring binding can do and the ability of a touring binding to handle any and every type of condition. You may have heard of that quiver killer ski, how about that quiver killer binding! If you have any questions or feedback about Salomon products feel free to reach out to me personally!

          All you need!

            All three of my brothers and I live by these bindings! Perfect binding for alpine skiing and touring. Paired these bindings with the Salomon QST99 ski.

            I initially had some difficulty clipping into the binding because it was stiff and I was a little light to engage, but the binding has loosened up.

            All you need!

            Go up! Go down! Go up! Go Down!

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            I started with old-school frame bindings, moved to tech bindings, and now I'm rocking these bad boys. I was admittedly nervous at first; such an advanced piece of gear, so new, so radical.. would it have the problems that plague so many other new pieces of gear when they first enter the market? So far, so good. It's a relief to be able to go up a hill and go down the same hill without having to worry about my bindings. At this point, the only thing I need to worry about is my mediocre skiing ability that I learned from Jerry of the Day on Instagram.

            Can one binding do it all?

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I paired these with DPS Alchemist 112s (perfect combination). Got them mainly for skiing powder days at Alta with a little hiking capability. They ski like any great downhill binding and shift to backcountry mode easily. They are a bit challenging to get the toes in in the dark if you're skinning at night but otherwise the perfect solution for a one do it all binding.

            Unanswered Question

            I've been waiting for these to come out but looks like your website doesn't have the 100mm brakes available. Is that because it was already sold out or you just don't have them in stock?