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Verified: Atomic Tracker Bindings

Atomic's new entry into the tour-capable alpine binding category.

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Featuring an 80-millimeter-wide mounting platform and beefy metal frame, the Atomic Tracker is a powerful, precise, tour-capable binding designed for…

Featuring an 80-millimeter-wide mounting platform and beefy metal frame, the Atomic Tracker is a powerful, precise, tour-capable binding designed for aggressive skiers. We used the Tracker for light touring and sidecountry laps, as well as plenty of inbounds skiing. Click on to see what we thought.

The 16-DIN Tracker uses a blunt-nosed toepiece, much like its sister model, the Salomon Guardian, as well as Marker’s Duke and Tyrolia’s Adrenalin.…

The 16-DIN Tracker uses a blunt-nosed toepiece, much like its sister model, the Salomon Guardian, as well as Marker’s Duke and Tyrolia’s Adrenalin. To adjust for toe height, the entire toepiece moves up and down, not just the anti-friction device (AFD). The range of motion and low stand height make for smooth and stable touring and confident descents.

The hike-and-ride switch is a simple button located behind the heelpiece. Hike mode is activated simply by pushing back on it with your ski pole,…

The hike-and-ride switch is a simple button located behind the heelpiece. Hike mode is activated simply by pushing back on it with your ski pole, which slides back four metal teeth and frees up the frame part of the binding. A simple riser bar with high and low settings aids climbing. Moving back to ride mode simply requires flipping the riser out of the way and stepping back down. When ice-free, the system is foolproof. If it does ice over it’s relatively easy to clear.

The Tracker uses a heel mechanism similar to that of its alpine bindings. The benefit? It’s super easy to step in and out of.

The Tracker uses a heel mechanism similar to that of its alpine bindings. The benefit? It’s super easy to step in and out of.

The Tracker (which also comes in Salomon flavor under the name Guardian) comes in at 2,960 grams a pair, making it one of the heavier touring…

The Tracker (which also comes in Salomon flavor under the name Guardian) comes in at 2,960 grams a pair, making it one of the heavier touring options. That said, as skis and boots shed weight like it’s about to be beach season, heavier bindings aren’t as big of an issue as they used to be. The footprint of the binding is quite long, and makes the ski fell stiffer than it would, perhaps, with a traditional alpine binding. The Hike and Ride switch is easily the Tracker’s biggest plus—it’s simple, easy, and not a total nightmare to de-ice. For those looking into a frame style, alpine-boot-compatible touring option, the Tracker is a strong contender.