2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Bindings

In the race to the top, it’s all about balancing weight and security, and this year’s Editors’ Choice bindings showcase durable construction paired with weight savings and tremendous versatility. From featherweight tourers to alpine-and-AT-compatible pin bindings that charge, a new standard is emerging for what touring bindings can do.

These two bindings topped their category, earning best-in-class accolades for the up and down.

Want in-depth tester feedback on these products? Buy a copy of the 2019 Gear Guide, brimming with reviews of all 38 Editors’ Choice winners, plus almost 200 other must-have skis, splitboards, boots, bindings, clothing and accessories.

Salomon Shift MNC 13 & Atomic Shift MNC 13

$650 – salomon.com – atomic.com | BRAKES: 90, 100, 110, 120 | WEIGHT: 3.8 lbs.


 From the Gear Guide: Words like “powerful,” “solid,” and “confident” peppered test forms. “If you feel you need an alpine toe,” one tester said, “the Shift is the way to go.”

Fritschi Tecton 12

$650 blackdiamondequipment.com | BRAKES: 100, 110, 120 | WEIGHT: 2.2 lbs.


 From the Gear Guide: “Impressive power transfer from boot to ski. The heelpiece is confidence inspiring.”

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  1. mark stevens says:

    I left a comment a while ago highlighting a under appreciated benefit of the Tecton when mounted on voile bc ski’s-specifically their ability to transition from walking to skiing , and that because in low angle terrain , with these ski’s you don’t have to use skins , which in these circumstances makes it the lightest combination you are likely to encounter-it obviously doesn’t merit consideration!


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