Despite bringing items to market such as monocoque and spaceframe and Teneighty and, of course, the classic Equipe rear-entry boots, Salomon’s DNA is first and foremost bindings. Attaching boot to ski is how the French company established itself in the middle of the last century, eventually developing the industry’s first self-release heel-piece in 1966. For modern alpine skiers, the STH has been a favorite for at least the last two generations.
In 2017-18, the French company enters the U.S. tech binding market for the first time with the MTN tech. Weighing just 780 grams per pair, the MTN is incredibly lightweight, rivaling that of the Dynafit Speed Turn. (By comparison, the Marker Kingpin weighs 1,460 grams/pair while the Dynafit Radical FT 2.0 comes in at 1,260 grams/pair, though both of these bindings should be considered a different category than the MTN as they have more components to achieve certified releasability).