It’s a new touring binding for young hucksters hunting freshies from……shhhhhhhhh…..Salomon and Atomic.
The pictures tell most of the story, but leave a few questions. Looks like a beefy adaptation of the Silvretta chassis. Might even be able to switch to tour mode without exiting the binding. Purportedly more rigid while touring or charging than the Duke, and the angle stock bars reinforce that belief.
Definitely looks huckable. And heavy compared to a tech binding, but lighter than a Duke?
I also know from another source that this is not garage fiction, Salomon’s interest in the backcountry is real. True, they fumbled their entrance in to the market with the Quest boot, but what company hasn’t stubbed their toes occasionally when introducing a product?
Looks like they’re planning a bigger return to the market which sparks hope for a synergy between their Nordic products and this addition of an Alpine Touring line. And Atomic has been making some dynamite backcountry skis for years, from before the TMX to the RT-86 and beyond.
Salomon’s dedicated Guardian page!