With an all-new design reminiscent of something out of the Transformer movies, the Atomic Shift MNC 13 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings promise to set a new bar for power and reliability in the backcountry. In ski mode, the Shift MNC looks like a low profile alpine binding with a long nose, but pull the SHIFT bar on the toe rearward and a set of tech "wings" pops open for touring (yes, you will need a boot with tech fittings to skin uphill). The beauty of the Shift is that it skis pretty much just like a 13 DIN alpine binding (the Warden 13 comes to mind) but weighs under 900 grams (compared to nearly 1500 grams for a Guardian) and features a much smoother touring action. If you're bummed by the weight of your frame AT bindings but are wary of using a tech binding for committed hard charging, the Shift MNC is the burning light at the end of the tunnel.
|Boot Sole Type||Alpine DIN (ISO 5355), Alpine Touring (ISO 9523), Tech, Walk to Ride (WTR), GripWalk|
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