Salomon and Atomic’s new Backcountry Binding

The two brands teamed up to make a new 16 DIN touring binding.
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The two brands teamed up to make a new 16 DIN touring binding.
Salomon Tracker + Atomic Guardian

Sister brands Salomon and Atomic got together to create a new alpine touring binding—available Fall 2012— that will go head-to-head with other bindings on the market, namely some in Marker's and Fritschi's lineup.

The biggest differentiating factor: the Salomon Guardian 16 and Atomic Tracker 16 don't require the skier to step out of the bindings between climb and ski modes.

Skiing Businesscaught up with Jenny Naftulin, Salomon's U.S. alpine brand manager, and Kathryn Smith, Atomic's U.S. alpine brand manger to find out more.

Who’s your main competition with the new binding(s)?
While there is obvious competition in the backcountry binding segment, Atomic and Salomon have designed a binding that is wider, lower, stronger and more convenient than comparable backcountry bindings.

What are the tech specs on these?
DIN range: 7 – 16
Sole Length: S 265 - 320MM; L 305 - 360MM
Weight: Not Available Yet
MSRP: Not Available Yet

How long have you guys been working on the binding and what were some of the snags along the way?
The binding has been in development for more than 5 years. It was developed by the best experts and athletes from both brands working together at the Amer Binding Development Center in Annecy, France. This made it possible to combine the know-how of both brands to develop a product with technical specifications to exceed the market’s current standard (pedal height, toe width, MX, lateral torsion, etc.).

Did this stem from a U.S. need or was this a European push?
This binding was developed because of a global need for new innovations in backcountry bindings.

What other collaboration projects between sister brands like this can we expect to see in the future?
For now, the binding project is the only collaboration in the pipeline. We can absolutely anticipate more to come.

Read more at Skiing Business

Salomon’s Guardian Site

Atomic's Tracker Site


$435 We love the Marker Baron so much that we borrowed a fleet of them from Marker to mount on all of our backcountry test skis. When the Baron's predecessor, the DIN-16 Duke, debuted in 2007, it was the only alpine-touring binding that truly skied like a real alpine binding. Word spread, and shops literally could not keep it stocked. Marker released the Baron in 2008. It has the same alpine-style performance as the Duke—solid, secure, and confidence-inspiring—but is 150 grams lighter (thanks to the use of nylon instead of magnesium), and $60 less expensive. And with a DIN range of four through 12, it's more of an everyman's binding. If you're skiing the resort most of the time, but want touring capability for occasional side- and backcountry laps, you won't find a better binding.

Backcountry Bindings

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