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Salomon S/LAB Shift binding

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So Salomon's new touring binding has finally been officially announced.

Personally I can't wait for this: pin tech for uphill efficiency, proper alpine mode for going downhill. Could well be the holy grail of touring bindings (at least for those of us who can't stand the *feel* of pin bindings outside of powder, anyway)...

Full press release here: http://www.fall-line.co.uk/new-salomon-shift-holy-grail-touring-binding/

Need to know:

- DIN: 6-13
- Weight: 1700g per pair/ 850g per binding (heavier than Kingpin but lighter than Beast)
- Elastic travel: 47mm
- Norm: MNC (Multi-Norm Compatible)
- Safety: TUV Certified
- Adjustment range: 30mm
- Brake widths: 90/100/110/120mm
- Crampon widths: 100/120mm
- Climbing aids/risers: 2° and 10°



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So the toe pins disengage in "downhill" mode?
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@Mosha Marc, they seem to do that. Looks like some seriously good engineering, all round.


But not on sale till next September...
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Mosha Marc wrote:
So the toe pins disengage in "downhill" mode?


Yep! Works even with non tech boots (obviously descent only).
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Mosha Marc wrote:
So the toe pins disengage in "downhill" mode?

Yep.

Looks great but like all tech bindings time will tell.

BTW, a Beast 14 is 800g - not that the difference between 750-900g matters that much in this category of binding.

The MNC is a huge plus.
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There appear to be elements of all sorts of bindings in the design. In particular the La Sportiva Trab TR2 toe, the heel appears to be standard Salomon (with tour mode). Not sure if the adjuster at the toe is for BSL or toe DIN setting.

Anyway looks interesting Cool
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It should be pretty bomber as its not plastic but a forged composite mixture thats used on a lot of car parts. This is what I've been waiting for as it could mean I could have my normal boots converted for inserts and not have to use them on the way down like CAST worked.
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I notice the DIN starts at 6. Is this the normal range for pin bindings? (I'd set a 6 in a pinch, but no higher.)
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Definitely interested in this but will be giving it a season or two to get any teething issues sorted (and see what comparable products the competition come up with!).
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Scarlet wrote:
I notice the DIN starts at 6. Is this the normal range for pin bindings? (I'd set a 6 in a pinch, but no higher.)

Nope.

Remember that this isn't a pin binding when in downhill mode, it's an alpine binding. In uphill mode the pins are locked on to the boot toe and your heel is free as no release is wanted as the brakes are locked up.

They'll launch 'em first for the gnarly freeride touring market so 6-13 is for that sector but then they'll do a 4-11/12 version.
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There is a good video (and a podcast on Blister), which shows that the pins are only engaged when skinning.

http://blistergearreview.com/at-binding-reviews/the-new-salomon-slab-shift-mnc-ep-3
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Some very good old fashioned mechanical engineering there - keeping the profession alive 👊. Assuming durability isn’t an issue (the vid mentioned they’ve been developing for 7 or 8 years), this could well spell the end of heavy frame bindings.
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spyderjon wrote:
They'll launch 'em first for the gnarly freeride touring market so 6-13 is for that sector but then they'll do a 4-11/12 version.

Damn those gnarly freeride tourers and their big feet Evil or Very Mad Toofy Grin
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Actually the true gnarly freeriders would want this binding in a 16 din but as I understand it the design wouldn't accommodate the spring.

Agree with Mark that this is the end of frame bindings as every boot maker will now fit inserts irrespective of the sole design etc.
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By utilising the alpine style of heel, does it lead to a higher step-in pressure? Just with one of the attractions to the traditional pin binding being the low step-in pressure required.
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As expected Lou has his full analysis on Wildsnow:

https://www.wildsnow.com/23591/salomon-shift-ski-binding-review-look/
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dp wrote:
By utilising the alpine style of heel, does it lead to a higher step-in pressure? Just with one of the attractions to the traditional pin binding being the low step-in pressure required.

Traditional pin bindings have the same step-in pressure as alpine style heels. It's only the Beasts that have a 4 din step-in pressure as the boot is pushing the binding rearward.
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Will these need any adjustment to switch between using regular alpine boots and using touring boots? Or do you just step in regardless of the boots you are wearing, and just use the pin mechanism when you want to head uphill with touring boots?
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rob@rar wrote:
Will these need any adjustment to switch between using regular alpine boots and using touring boots? Or do you just step in regardless of the boots you are wearing, and just use the pin mechanism when you want to head uphill with touring boots?


I'd very much doubt that they have an auto height adjusting AFD meaning that the AFD will have to be manually set to the correct height/gap for the specific boot being used - which is a screwdriver & feeler gauge/business card job and takes about 20 secs per ski. And if you were changing boot length as well then the forward pressure will need adjusting too.
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@spyderjon, thanks. It was the AFD height I was curious about.
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Very clever engineering. MNC means ISO 5355, 9523, and WTR soles I think. If you have gripwalk soles you need to wait for Marker to catch up I guess?
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There is an unboxing vid here along with the binding mounting and adjustment process. Unfortunately it is in Swedish but you can't have everything.


http://youtube.com/v/MZDFtE4Q9VY

Three observations. First, looks relatively flat. I suspect delta is going to be similar to the Warden. Second, Spyderjon is right, it has an adjustable afd. Third, I suspect it is going to suck for QK inserts/any form of toe shimming. It has a five point mount pattern for the toe (like an old school Dynafit mount) with a widget going into the furthest forward of the five holes. Furthermore, the heelpiece is on a track and I suspect that will obscure the mounting screws.

I am a sucker for things like this. I'm still going to buy it.
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If you have gripwalk soles you need to wait for Marker to catch up I guess?


No, it is gripwalk compatible. Cody Townsend is doing an AMA on TGR and that came up.
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Whilst I think it looks great...

gorilla wrote:

Three observations. First, looks relatively flat. I suspect delta is going to be similar to the Warden. Second, Spyderjon is right, it has an adjustable afd. Third, I suspect it is going to suck for QK inserts/any form of toe shimming.


4. That toe is absolutely massive!!!
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Third, I suspect it is going to suck for QK inserts/any form of toe shimming. It has a five point mount pattern for the toe (like an old school Dynafit mount) with a widget going into the furthest forward of the five holes. Furthermore, the heelpiece is on a track and I suspect that will obscure the mounting screws.


Wonder why none of the tech binding players offer a solution where the binding is mounted on tracks, and you can buy extra tracks to mount on other skis. Then you only need to slide on the toe and heel piece. My Beasts from Spyderjon are a test model with a very well engineered steel rail for the toe piece. Sure it adds a little weight, but seems like this would have the advantages of QK and more adjustment for different BSL.
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@Themasterpiece, Do you mean something like this?

https://skimo.co/binding-adjustment-plates
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gorilla wrote:
......I suspect it is going to suck for QK inserts/any form of toe shimming. It has a five point mount pattern for the toe (like an old school Dynafit mount) with a widget going into the furthest forward of the five holes. Furthermore, the heelpiece is on a track and I suspect that will obscure the mounting screws.......


No problem toe shimming it or mounting it with inserts.

The toe stud is really no different to Z series so not a problem. Yes, it'd be quicker to remove/re-install the binding if all the holes were visible but the heel is no different to a Kingpin/Squire/Griffon/Jester/STH2/Warden etc.

This is going to be a £550-£600 binding so inserts are going to be a must for sharing it across other skis as you don't want to be having to buy two or more pairs!

Themasterpiece wrote:
.....Wonder why none of the tech binding players offer a solution where the binding is mounted on tracks......


Weight is key in this market.
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Looks great! When will it be released?
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BobinCH wrote:
Looks great! When will it be released?

General release Autumn 2018. Suspect a limited number to be available over this season - which is what Marker did with the Kingpin. It's a good plan and allows for far more beta testing on actual production parts etc prior to the full launch. It's also good for drumming up business as they'll be wanting firm orders from retailers by the end of January for delivery in the Autumn.
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spyderjon wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
Looks great! When will it be released?

General release Autumn 2018. Suspect a limited number to be available over this season - which is what Marker did with the Kingpin. It's a good plan and allows for far more beta testing on actual production parts etc prior to the full launch. It's also good for drumming up business as they'll be wanting firm orders from retailers by the end of January for delivery in the Autumn.


Excellent. If you get some pls let me know!
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I don't tour and even I want a pair!
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It even has a "Transformer" button!

That's sold it for me.
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PowderAdict wrote:
@Themasterpiece, Do you mean something like this?

https://skimo.co/binding-adjustment-plates


That’ll do the job. But an OEM design would give thought to the access to the bolts etc. The test mounting on the Beasts means no bolts actually, the toe just slides on and and there is a little lever that locks it on the rail.
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Scarlet wrote:
spyderjon wrote:
They'll launch 'em first for the gnarly freeride touring market so 6-13 is for that sector but then they'll do a 4-11/12 version.

Damn those gnarly freeride tourers and their big feet Evil or Very Mad Toofy Grin


Oi! My size 9's are normal Laughing
Jon was referring to the DIN range so you should be OK on these.......
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@KenX, My usual DIN is lower than a 6... (coz I've got little feet and don't weigh much Laughing )
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Oh well maybe I bought my Diamir Fritschi Tecton's too early but I can say after nigh on ten outings on them (inc three tours) that I'm very happy and my OH says that they are a game changer, in that she's straight into them sans fiddle.

I've skied hard and fast on groomers (Blue MTN Lab boots) and hard snow as well as knee knee / boot deep powder and they performed really well, or was it the ski ???

The Salomon certainly does look like a sweet piece of engineering and I suspect will take the market from the Tecton / Beasts / KingPins even though the Tecton is an impressive 680gms though I have them mounted on Black Crows Atris as for me these bindings and skis are for more of a slack country setup as opposed to all out touring.

They will become very popular I suspect just judging by this thread: I just hope the end consumers realise that they should buy skins as well Toofy Grin
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Fugly binding though, looks like it was designed by someone at Fisher-Price.......
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The Shift is really aimed at the Beast/Kingpin market (what's known as the 'freeride touring' sector) were the name of the game is to access lines to be skied (aggressively) on the new generation of lightweight big skis (well light for their size anyway) driven by performance tech boots. I think it'll also put a big dent in the CAST market as well.

I'd say that the Tectons market is far more the true touring market but with additional versatility to allow use as an everyday binding so its competitors are really the Rad 2/Rotation & the G3 Ion. Even if the Tecton proves to be reasonably bomber (unlike the Vipec) its limited elasticity is a turn off to the huckers.

After that there's the true weight weenie market with their 150g-350g toe/heel combos but with removed functionality, ie fixed vertical release values etc.

@Weathercam, I'd be intersted to hear how the heel lugs of your Mtn Lab boots are holding up to the alpine heel clamping from the Tecton as the Kingpin heel really does chew them up quite quickly?
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spyderjon wrote:
The Shift is really aimed at the Beast/Kingpin market (what's known as the 'freeride touring' sector) were the name of the game is to access lines to be skied (aggressively) on the new generation of lightweight big skis (well light for their size anyway) driven by performance tech boots. I think it'll also put a big dent in the CAST market as well.

I'd say that the Tectons market is far more the true touring market but with additional versatility to allow use as an everyday binding so its competitors are really the Rad 2/Rotation & the G3 Ion. Even if the Tecton proves to be reasonably bomber (unlike the Vipec) its limited elasticity is a turn off to the huckers.

After that there's the true weight weenie market with their 150g-350g toe/heel combos but with removed functionality, ie fixed vertical release values etc.



+1 to all of that, though I imagine it's also likely to spell the end of the frame touring binding too
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spyderjon wrote:
The Shift is really aimed at the Beast/Kingpin market (what's known as the 'freeride touring' sector) were the name of the game is to access lines to be skied (aggressively) on the new generation of lightweight big skis (well light for their size anyway) driven by performance tech boots. I think it'll also put a big dent in the CAST market as well.

I'd say that the Tectons market is far more the true touring market but with additional versatility to allow use as an everyday binding so its competitors are really the Rad 2/Rotation & the G3 Ion. Even if the Tecton proves to be reasonably bomber (unlike the Vipec) its limited elasticity is a turn off to the huckers.

After that there's the true weight weenie market with their 150g-350g toe/heel combos but with removed functionality, ie fixed vertical release values etc.



+1 to all of that, though I imagine it's also likely to spell the end of the frame touring binding too
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I think the frame bindings, particularly the Marker Tours, will still have a place as an entry level touring binding and with the rental shops as they don't require tech inserts - at least for a few years until the majority of boots will come with tech inserts.

And a frame binding is gonna be half the price of a Shift.
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