Today we are talking about the new Salomon & Atomic Shift MNC 13 binding, a product that already looks to be one of the most truly innovative products we’ve seen in years. And if our long-term tests are as positive as our initial impressions, the Shift represents a real solution to a problem that more and more skiers are having.
Jonathan Ellsworth and I talked to Salomon athletes, Cody Townsend and Chris Rubens (who both started pushing the concept of this binding years ago) as well as Benoit Sublet, the lead designer on the Shift project.
It’s a great conversation, and we hope you enjoy hearing more about this binding, what makes it unique, and why this was such a challenging and ambitious design process.
And for more info on the Shift’s on-snow performance, check out our review.
TOPICS & TIMES
- Introductions — Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Sam Shaheen, and Ben Sublet (1:58)
- What does this binding do, and what makes it different? (5:45)
- Which boots work with this binding? (11:15)
- “No compromise” safety (14:23)
- How & when did the idea originate, and why was it controversial? (15:10)
- How long has the current version of the binding been tested? (23:33)
- The big breakthrough: carbon-infused plastic (27:09)
- Downhill Performance: Salomon STH2 vs. S/LAB SHIFT (29:20)
- What was the most difficult element of this binding to design? (34:23)
- How the toe works (37:10)
- How often and in what scenarios will Cody & Chris use this binding? (39:40)
- Uphill performance (and why “touring steep is stupid”) (47:48)
- Icing Issues? (52:08)
- Durability & the question of consumers as Beta testers (55:30)