The uphill ease of a tech binding counts for a lot, but sometimes the smooth skinning isn't worth the occasionally performance bobble on the way down. When you need bomber skiing as well as solid skinning, an alpine-inspired AT binding like the Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Binding is where it's at. With retention that's virtually identical to trusted alpine clamps, the Guardian has a DIN that can be cranked all the way up to 13, so you won't worry about stepping out of your bindings in sketchy areas, and a sliding AFD and U Power toe piece for consistent lateral and twisting release and reliable power transfer.
Current Retail: $399.95-$479.95
Historic Range: $227.93-$479.95