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Despite bringing items to market such as monocoque and spaceframe and Teneighty and, of course, the classic Equipe rear-entry boots, Salomon’s DNA is first and foremost bindings. Attaching boot to ski is how the French company established itself in the middle of the last century, eventually developing the industry’s first self-release heel-piece in 1966. For modern alpine skiers, the STH has been a favorite for at least the last two generations.
In 2017-18, the French company enters the U.S. tech binding market for the first time with the MTN tech. Weighing just 780 grams per pair, the MTN is incredibly lightweight, rivaling that of the Dynafit Speed Turn. (By comparison, the Marker Kingpin weighs 1,460 grams/pair while the Dynafit Radical FT 2.0 comes in at 1,260 grams/pair, though both of these bindings should be considered a different category than the MTN as they have more components to achieve certified releasability).
Salomon pitches the MTN as a pure touring binding, pointing out the simplicity of use and streamlined design. “If you’re just going for a tour, you don’t need all the frills,” says Chris McKearin, Salomon’s alpine commercial manager.
Like a traditional tech binding, the heel piece rotates while three heel-lift positions go from 2 degrees, to 7, to 13. Retention values are expressed in rather simple terms as well: women, men, and expert. As such, the binding is not revolutionary, but demonstrates the industry’s continued focus and attention on expanding options for backcountry skiers.
Finally, Atomic, which is owned by the same company as Salomon, offers the same binding but uses the Backland name.