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Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014

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Nothing beats earning your own fresh tracks, and with the Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Ski Bindings, those tracks will feel better than ever. Climb easier and longer with 90 degrees of pivot room with the Flat Nose, and rip like you do on your regular bindings with the strength, elasticity and rigidity of this super burly 16 DIN binding. The Hike & Ride Switch lets you effortlessly go from Hike to Ride without ever getting out of the binding, speeding transitions and making rolling terrain that much more convenient.

Product Details

Toe

Flat Nose has 90 degrees of pivot for optimal climbing capabilities.

Adjustable height toe-piece

Automatic Wing adjustment

Metal on Metal Toe Pin increases durability and product longevity.

XL Stomp pedal (65 mm) absorbs shock under the toe.

Heel

Double Freeflex for increased downhill performance

Steel heel housing and screw reinforcement for increased durability.

The heel locking mechanism is metal to minimize wear and provides a secure feel.

Recommended Use

The Salomon Guardian 16 Alpine Touring Bindings are for advanced skiers in search of the best fresh runs in and out of bounds.

Additional Features

Hike & Ride Switch lets you switch effortlessly from Hike to a securely locked Ride mode without ever getting out of the binding.

Low Profile Chassis (26 mm) height

Oversized Platform (80 mm) has an ultra-wide base for maximum power transmission and precise turns even at high speeds.

Simplified Base Plate reduces snowpack during climbing mode.

Strengthened rigidity improves edge-to-edge power transmission.

High Lateral Transmission

Ski Compatibility

The Large fits boot sole lengths 305-360 mm.

We recommend a brake width that is equal to the ski waist width and at most 15 mm wider.

Specs

  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • DIN / Release Value Low: 7
  • DIN / Release Value High: 16
  • Ski Awards: Freeskier Editor's Pick, Powder Magazine Skier's Choice, Backcountry Magazine Editors' Choice
  • Warranty: 5 Years
  • Rider Weight: >130 lbs (>60 kg)

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Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A New Freeski AT Player

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from Stevens Pass

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Comments about Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014:

Most alpine bindings have seen little changes, Rossi and Look brought back the turntable heel, Salomon has kept the Driver Toe since it's first inception years and years ago. But the needs of an AT binding have changed drastically even the Duke has seen an update since it came out some 5 or 6 seasons ago now. Salomon took their time with this one, allowing some of the dust to settle and rather than rush to the market to play catch up they looked at the needs still not being addressed. With the Guardian they built a binding that will put them back in the game. Things that stand out to me that make this a home run is the low stack height and wide platform. Compared to touring bindings of yesteryear the lower, wider is less susceptible to torsional flex meaning I can be confident in where I point my skis. It isn't light but it's construction will not be something you will need to second guess, another point in the confidence department. Although it can be a bit tough to get used to at first the transition between ski and walk mode doesn't require getting out of the binding. Finally the Guardian was built to allow the ski to flex. The last thing you want when mounting a binding to your new ski is to take away the natural flex of the ski. The locking mechanism on the Guardian's heel floats withing the track to minimize the flat spot created by mounting such a long binding. The only negative I found these to have is the lack of a zero degree touring height. If the climbing bar isn't used the heel locks in place. When crossing the flats I want something that doesn't put me on my toes as much. Its manageable at the lowest setting but for a long day of touring it may save some energy. Last words of advice if you can fit the smaller size do it. you'll reduce the area of the ski affected by the binding and will shave a bit of weight.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best frame AT binding

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from Seattle, EA

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Comments about Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014:

I've been using the Guardians for 2 years now on my daily drivers. They are definitely the only touring bindings I feel comfortable to truly charge on. They are low to the ski, have a wide platform, and low ramp angle. When it comes to touring, they rock. Having the ability to switch from tour mode, then lock them out, and back to tour mode with just your poles makes varying terrain a breeze. I have way faster transitions than friends on other frame AT bindings. I have 316 mm boot sole (27.5) and use the Larges, even though I could fit in either the small or large. Although it is a longer dead spot on the ski, I find that the release tab is much easier to get with my poles on the large. With the small, my basket gets caught on the heel piece of the binding. If you have a boot any smaller than mine, go small though.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

smoooth

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from Vail, Co

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Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Easy Entry & Release

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014:

    amzing, super low profile and really wide. I got them on my powder set up (nordica radicts and technica conchise 120 boot, smooooth!

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    5.0

    Alpine binding performance, randonee fun

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    from Mission ridge, wa

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    Comments about Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014:

    I'm impressed with this binding. It is comparable to the Marker Duke and Salomon's first attempt at a binding that is as burly as any Alpine binding but can also free the heel for touring. A big positive is it has Salomon reliability, which is legendary - I have a great deal of confidence in the reliability. Second, it's lower profile than the Marker version so you're closer to the ski which is nice. Finally, you can free the heel in more easily in comparison to the Duke's. You don't need to take the ski off in order to release the heel, you can simply press a release with your ski pole and voila, the heel is free. I think this is somewhat useful but in reality, in most cases you need to take off your ski to put on your skins anyway. I should note this binding has 3 settings as well, a high, medium and low for various pitches. Overall this is a slight improvement on what Marker has been doing for a few years now. Nice work.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Salomon Gaurdian

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    from Mission Ridge, WA

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    Comments about Salomon Guardian 16 Large Alpine Touring Bindings 2014:

    This binding the next contender to the High Din, sidecountry binding market that Marker has ruled for the past 5 years. The all metal construction of this binding seemed very sturdy up close, and the strength of the click when swapping from Tour to Ski mode is very reassuring. The only reason this binding does deserve 4 stars is the smoothness of touring is still not on par with tech bindings. I realize they are for different uses but it is still a consideration. They seemed to have a relatively low stack height than Fritschis or Dukes, making the sking experience more enjoyable with a more responsive ski.

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