We had a fun time testing and dissecting the new Salomon Guardian tour capable ski binding last winter. We didn’t have it for long nor were we sure if what we tested, weighed, etc. was the true retail version. No worries, a retail pair flew in here just the other day. We’ll give them a dose of brutality this winter, though we did promise Salomon that no crowbars would be involved so don’t get any false expectations. Check out what’s in the box. They do look sweet, though with an interesting caveat. Read on.
From the warning brochure:
These alpine bindings are intended to be used only with the following ski boots:
– Alpine ski boots compliant with ISO 5255 standard
– Ski boots equipped with “WTR” technology” labeled kit of walking soles for touring skiing. Any use with other ski boots could cause the ski-binding-boot system to be faulty…
As we mentioned in our dissection, here are the specs.
Size “N” (large?) Guardian, binding weight of 1480 grams (52.3 ounces) per binding with all hardware. Stack height (boot above ski at heel) is 27 mm at the toe and 32 mm at heel (verified at WildSnow HQ on demo board). Compare to main competitor at 37 and +-37 (latter due to for/aft height adjustable AFD on competition). Thus, you get around 5 mm less stack with the Salomon, but you do get some binding delta (drop at the toe) while the competition has a virtually neutral delta.
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.