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With the retention and release of a traditional alpine binding and touring performance that's downright shocking, the Atomic Tracker 13 Alpine Touring Binding can handle everything you get up to this winter. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged U Power toe, oversized platform, and DIN that goes to 13, but it'll get you up to to the gnarly lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90 toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you're still locked in to the binding. The Tracker certainly isn't as light and fast as a tech binding, but if you're more interested in short tours, big lines, and all-mountain versatility than long approaches and techy skiing, it's right up your alley. There are a few changes to this year's Tracker, too, most notably the addition of Multi-Norm Compatibility (MNC), which means it's compatible with most alpine, touring, and WTR boot soles. That'll save you from having to invest in multiple boots to fit all your bindings, but doesn't affect the reliable release and retention of the Tracker. The aluminum double tubes have been strengthened for a burlier ride, the stand height checks in at a low and precise 26mm, and the easily-adjustable toe piece makes getting the fit and release settings right a cinch. Atomic even simplified the base plate to prevent icing and snow buildup, so you'll spend less time fiddling with your bindings and more time shredding.
Atomic Tracker bindings are an awesome combination of stability, terrain sensitivity and power transmission. They're built more to go down than up. But they're still a fantastic binding for both directions, with an easy hike-and-ride switch.