We’ve read the reviews on the web for the Salomon MTN Alpine Touring Binding (Atomic Backland Tour) and summarize the results below:
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- They are super light and well built.
- The two risers are easy enough to flip up with the handle of my ski pole.
- The toe is easy to line up and get into even in deep snow.
- They seem stronger than Dynafit bindings.
- I’ve skied these in the resort and they are sturdy and can handle freeskiing.
- Easy to get in and out of even in precarious footing.
- No bells and whistles here, just what you need to get it done!
- The Salomon MTN is exactly the same as the Atomic Backland Tour. They are owned by the same company and the only difference is color scheme.
- It is durable and can handle whatever the backcountry throws at it.
- It feels very solid and has fewer parts than similar bindings.
- Nice close-to-flat touring mode.
- A lightweight minimalist binding that has most of what people need and little of what they don’t.
- The toes fall about in the middle for ease of stepping into compared to similar bindings.
- It has a wide mounting patter which presumably helps when using wider skis.
- If you aren’t going to need the flat mode (which is only truly flat without brakes) you can flip the risers right over the pins for ease.
- Heel risers are easy to flip over with a pole basket.
- Simple construction minimizes icing.
- The 30mm of adjustment potential in the heel allows you to swap out boots without re-mounting the binding.
- Riser options are plenty sufficient, although not as varied as bigger tech bindings.
- The three heel springs provided allow for three different levels of vertical release in the heel – soft, medium, and hard.
- Choose this binding for its features and enjoy it for its weight.
- The brakes can be deployed and retracted reliably.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- You really need to step down pretty hard to get in the back.
- Unlike the Dynafit Superlite, the lateral release of the heel is fixed by the spring that you select.
- When using the optional brake, the flat touring mode is slightly elevated.
- The toe piece requires a decent amount of force to step into.
- Its power transfer is not the best if you’re prioritizing the downhill.
The Salomon MTN Alpine Touring Binding (Atomic Backland Tour) elegantly provides a feature set useful to most ski tourers without wasting weight with unnecessary bells and whistles. It is a very lightweight binding with tried and true technology that results in easy uphill touring and solid downhill engagement.