3 Top Alpine Touring Bindings (2012)

3 Top Alpine Touring Bindings (2012)

Alpine touring bindings could be this winter’s hottest product. In the era of skiing’s SUV-ification, it’s the bindings that provide the four-wheel drive factor, unlocking for the uphill and then clamping down for the descent. Jordan White put in plenty of uphill and downhill time testing some of the top binders on the market. Here are three of his top picks.


Salomon Guardian

Salomon Guardian

What it is: The Guardian is Salomon’s entry into the alpine touring binding market. It is a heavy duty binding meant to be skied as hard as possible, but to also be able to tour to access big lines.

The Verdict: This is the binding that the heavy duty touring world has been waiting for. It has a very solid feeling when you click in, a lower stack height, and a tour-ski-tour switch that you can easily adjust without stepping out.

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Plum Guide

Plum Guide

What it is: The Plum Guide is a tech binding that adds to the competitiveness and options for the tech binding user.

The Verdict: A cleaner version of the tech binding that should be considered when weighing the options between the different products available in the ever growing tech industry.

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Marker Duke

Marker Duke

What it is: Marker’s newest version of their heavyweight, game changing sidecountry touring binding.

The Verdict: With a new and improved heel lifter and rock solid downhill performance, the new Duke is a good improvement from Marker in the touring department, and is still the go-to for hard charging backcountry skiing, especially where you aren’t looking to walk uphill TOO much.

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