Gotta get up to get down.

The uphill ease of a tech binding counts for a lot, but sometimes the smooth skinning isn't worth the occasionally questionable performance on the way down. When you need bomber skiing as well as solid skinning, an alpine-inspired AT binding like the Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Binding is where it's at. With retention that's virtually identical to trusted alpine clamps, the Guardian has a DIN that can be cranked all the way up to 13, so you won't worry about stepping out of your bindings in sketchy areas, and a sliding AFD and U Power toe piece for consistent lateral and twisting release and reliable power transfer. The Double Full Flex baseplate and burly aluminum tubes provide a flex-free platform, so you don't feel like you're floating independently of your skis, and the low-profile chassis keeps you close to the snow for increased control and a natural feel.

Of course, all this would be for naught if the Guardian was a POS on the way up. Luckily, it isn't, with features like a flat nose that pivots 90 degrees for a natural stride and an easy Hike & Ride switch that can be activated without stepping out of the binding. A single flip-up climbing bail provides heel elevation for steeper ascents. Even better, the Guardian uses Salomon's MNC (Multi-Norm Compatible) system, which means it'll work with traditional alpine boots, AT boots with rubber soles, Salomon's WTR boots, and even some tech boots, so you don't have to buy extra gear to access your dream line.

  • Multi-norm certified
  • 4-13 DIN rating
  • Hike & Ride switch
  • Low-profile chassis with aluminum tubes
  • Oversized platform
  • U Power toe piece
  • Double Full Flex baseplate with aluminum tubes
  • Sliding AFD
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Liking them a lot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thus far, I’ve ridden these bindings a couple times both in
resort and a couple of times during tours. I’ve mounted them to my pair of Soul 7s, and while the
highly experienced skinner might complain about the weight of the guardians, being the
somewhat newbie that I am I’ve been happy with their performance. The transition between
touring and downhill is flawless and couldn’t be easier to operate, and in resort they perform just
as well, if not better, than traditional downhill bindings. The guardians are a great binding for
someone without a developed quiver, such as myself, who wishes to split their time between
backcountry and resort.

Defective Product

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This binding is defective and Salomon knows it. The aluminum rails will break in the location of the rivets. Not sure who payed off some of these good reviews but don't buy this binding!

I had this happen to me.

heavy but burly

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

I got these to get into touring this year but unfortunately hurt myself before i got to actually try them. I did ride them on resort a few time and i do like them! They are a tad heavy but i expected that

Unanswered Question

I have these bindings with Scarpa Maestrale RS boots (I think the previous iteration with the white, blue and orange color). I brought these with the boots to have them mounted at my local ski shop and the tech there said he does not think they are compatible - the heel and toe connection did not seem secure and he felt it was dangerous.

Is there an adjustment that needs to be made? I was under the impression these two should fit no problem. Salomon customer service on the phone said they should fit but if the ski tech says they don't work go with the ski tech...

I have a call out to Scarpa as well.

Any advice??

Bindings for Everything

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you only have one pair of skis and you are planning on spending time at the resort but cannot resist those tasty backcountry laps these bindings are great. They are low profile, relatively light for a frame binding and reliable. One of the coolest features of this bindings is that you can transition in and out of walk mode without having to take off the skis. My only wish would be that the walk mode could have a little more variation.

Solid binding

    Great binding for skiers just getting into touring. It is rather heavy, but you get great downhill performance.

    Review

      Pros

      Awesome, but a little heavy

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

      I've only gotten up on these once so far since purchasing but so far I love the way they function. If you want a solid set up to tour, but don't have the money to get set up with a quiver of skis, these are a solid bet. They adjust really nicely and function perfectly. As most other have said they are heavier than a tech binding, but they still fit the bill perfectly.

      Great frame binding

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This was my first touring binding and as far as frame'd AT bindings go, I think it is the best on the market.



      This binding has one of the lowest stack heights around which was important to me because I like the feel of being close to my skis and the snow. Also makes tricks a lot more engaging.



      As for the weight, it's a common concern, I don't notice it too much but I am sure I would if I was coming from a tech set up. It doesn't really bother me too much though.



      Being able to release the heel without stepping out of the skis is super convenient.



      I only wish that Solomon would have included an intermediate riser option. The riser in up position is great for steep skin tracks and the rider in the down position is still good for slight up hill skinning, the only problem comes when you are on terrain that isn't quite steep but also not mellow, doesn't bother me too much but is still present.



      My roommate has the marker duke bindings which I have gotten the chance to use and I would take these over the dukes without a question.

      Great frame binding

      good for the money

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this for my girlfriend to use when she comes into the backcountry with me. the only downside is compared to the other similar binding i have is this one is heavier. it has a smaller construction but it heavier.

      Go tech if you want to go fast

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Going along the same lines as most reviews here. These bindings are just too heavy for my use. If you are are on a budget they are great. But otherwise I would urge you to go with a full tech set up. You will be happy you made the choice - even though it is a stout investment, it is all worth it in the end.

      I used these for two seasons until getting Kingpins in October '15. I am very glad I made the switch/investment and I wish that I had done it from the start!

      Just a little heavy

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Getting into backcountry skiing is pretty expensive, and if you don't want to break the bank, a frame binding is an easy way to get into it. I've found that this binding is extremely easy to use, a great price point, and hasn't failed me. The biggest issues with these are the weight, and how you don't have a ton of options in terms of the heel riser height. If you plan on doing long backcountry tours, I would recommend going with a tech binding, but for those who are just getting into it, or experimenting with some sidecountry, this binding is the way to go.

      Weight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It's a solid binding, but its really heavy which is a BIG draw back in my opinion. Maybe I'm just out of shape. . . but trying to hike seven miles in these was physically exhausting. Who cares if there is a flex-free platform and low-profile chassis if my legs are burning so badly by the time I reach the top that my skiing is sloppy anyways. Be in really good shape if you buy these and put them on small, light skis or just get lighter bindings.

      Will those bindings works with Salomon Q-83 Myriad Skis - Womens 2016 152 cm?
      Thanks

      Hey Ziggy - These would work with your Salomon Q-83 Myriad Skis in the 90 mm brake size and the binding size will depend on your boot sole length. You are most likely a Small. Other good choices would be the Marker Tour F10 or Atomic Tracker 13 MNC. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss your options or with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Awesome Bindings!

        Solomon Guardian
        I purchased these bindings mostly for their versatility. I’m a resort skier who occasionally ventures out into the backcountry and the Guardian is the perfect fit. Stiff enough for the deepest pow on the resort and nimble enough for a full day of hiking. This is my first AT binding, so I can’t really comment on the weight. There may be some lighter bindings out there, but I find the Guardian to be the perfect fit for me. I use these on the K2 Annex and I couldn’t be happier with the combo!

        Can you truly get away with running standard alpine boots with these binding or is it best to get a AT specific boot? Im just having a hard time wrapping my brain around touring with my beeefy downhill boot.

        Hi Jordan,

        These bindings are meant to be used with a boot that has an alpine sole on it. You'll want to make sure that your boot was a walk mode, but other than that you should be good to go.

        If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

        Thanks,

        Matthew Pizza: mpizza@backcountry.com or 801.736.5363

        Unanswered Question

        I have a set of Tecnica Agent ATs 2010/2011. they have a unique sole on them in comparison to the current ISOs and Tech soles. Will they work with these bindings?
        Thanks much

        I am currently a novice skier, my current DIN setup is at 5. Would these bindings last me a while or should I get the Guardian 16?

        I think these should work just fine for you. If you are skiing a 5 currently, I wouldn't think you would need to go much higher than an 8 or 9 once you get your skills up which the Guardian 13 could handle just fine. Also in my opinion maxing out DIN on a touring binding isn't the best idea as I really want my binding to release if caught in an avalanche. Let me know if you have other questions on touring bindings.

        Unanswered Question

        Is this binding compatible with the Scarpa Gea GT boot?

        What year was this binding manufactured? Does the 13' correspond with 2013?

        Hey Alex,

        This is a 2016 binding from Salomon and the 13 MNC corresponds to the DIN setting. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

        Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead