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Thread: Salomon AT Binding
12-10-2010, 06:52 PM #1
Salomon AT Binding
The solly team was testing out a ton of different prototypes (rocker2 shapes, but fatter and more rockered) today on Blackcomb, and some of them were mounted with very very interesting looking bindings.
The heel piece is the same as any solly binding, and the toe piece is looking similar to a duke's, with the pivot point in the same spot.
What made it seem really interesting was the low stack height. There are 2 metallic rails under the boot that connect the heel to the toe and would seem to be quite stiff and I would also guess lighter than dukes.
Also, the release mechanism is positioned behind the heelpiece and is a metallic piece you can place your pole under and just slide forward and back to switch modes. This would mean no frozen lever like on the markers (what I assume they are trying to compete with) and possibly the option of skins-on skins-off with the boot still in (for those who care).
12-10-2010, 07:11 PM #2
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12-10-2010, 07:16 PM #3I see you
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I CAN'T TELL IF THIS IS BS OR NOT!!!!!!! ARGGGGGGGG
12-10-2010, 08:28 PM #4
Well it's Salomon so we all know it'll be well designed and BURLY as hell since they have an OUTSTANDING track record when it comes to producing AT gearFor sure, you have to be lost to find a place that can't be found, elseways everyone would know where it was
12-10-2010, 08:38 PM #5
NOT BS at all. I saw them today as well and was coming on here to post about it when I saw this post. A few of the solly riders were on them including MikeDSki, so maybe he could chime in.
Three things I noticed right off the bat, but truly have no clue if I'm correct:
-much lower stack height than dukes
-looked lighter (totally subjective I know, but overall less material than a duke)
-seemed smoother in walk mode than duke, but same pivot point (one of the guys I didn't recognize was pretending to telly in line for the glacier chair).
It was definitely a solly heel piece, but it was unmarked. Toe piece, much like ffb said, was very similar to a duke and I, at first look, mistook it as a duke toe piece with a weird color scheme. Once I saw the rest of the binding it was clearly not a duke though. I also seemed to notice a similar track to the duke for adjusting different bsl. And I couldn't tell if it would fit rockered AT boots (they were using quests mostly). Risers looked short (again based on someone fooling around in the liftline with them), but its a proto so take that with a grain of salt.
12-10-2010, 08:52 PM #6
12-10-2010, 08:57 PM #7
hmmm...I wonder if the same guy that designed the Quest boot designed these new AT bindings.
I wonder how much testing these are going to have to go through, before Salomon releases the next "wave of the future" that will almost kill more people.
12-10-2010, 11:04 PM #8
Heel lock sounds kinda like what 22Designs did with the Axl, I've been thinking that would be a good way to work an AT plate. Stoked to see what they come up with. To the haters, I'll test 'em out and let you know.
12-11-2010, 12:13 AM #9
fwiw i have also heard that solly wont be RE releasing AT soles for the quest boots until the release of their AT binder presumably some time 11/12 season.
12-11-2010, 12:14 AM #10
That's all you got Alky? You not going to spill the beans? Jeeez.**
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12-11-2010, 04:55 AM #11crab in my shoe mouth
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12-11-2010, 05:07 PM #13
Alright, so we (Salomon team) are testing some AT bindings here in Whistler right now. As per usual, this is the first step of a long developmental process. So commenting on the tech specs would most likely fruitless since many changes can happen from now until the potential market release.
What I can say is that it skied so much better than any other AT binding I've tried and it's touring switch over function is smooth like butter.
We should be getting into the next step of development in the next month or two and hopefully then the team and I can begin to show some more.
12-11-2010, 06:11 PM #14
OOH! can't wait for more information. If this binding is any good, it'll kill the Duke.DynaDuke, SollyFit, DynaLook, Inserts, and Tools
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12-11-2010, 07:25 PM #16Registered User
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Alka, how much does it weigh?
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12-13-2010, 08:12 AM #20King of the Tilt
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The binding looked VERY promising to me as well. Duke killer for sure.http://www.firsttracksonline.com
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12-13-2010, 10:14 AM #21
Regardless of how much we all hate Salomon for their infamous Quest boot, they do make bomber alpine bindings which should translate to bomber AT bindings.
Marker made dogshit alpine bindings and still mustered a damn good AT binding with the Duke.
12-13-2010, 01:17 PM #22
12-13-2010, 07:56 PM #23
If you figured out a way to get the stand height below 34mm you will have my attention.
Well, you already have my attention, but I hope the stand height is lower than on the Duke.
12-13-2010, 08:17 PM #24
12-13-2010, 09:52 PM #25
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