Here we will discuss different types of bindings, what they are used for and what the major differences are.
These bindings are called NNN bindings. They will fit most types of boots including Alpina, Rossignol, Salomon Prolink, Atomic Prolink, and 2014 and newer Fischer boots. NNN (New Nordic Norm) has a bar in the toe of the boot hooked into a corresponding latch in the binding
Salomon SNS Pilot Bindings-
SNS Pilot bindings will only fit boots with a 2 bar SNS sole. Boots with this system include Salomon, Atomic and 2013 and older Fischer boots.
Salomon Profil SNS Binding-
The Profil binding is not as popular as it once was. This system is the older single bar SNS system from Salomon.
NNN Back Country Bindings-
Back Country Bindings have a wider profile, 56mm for added stability and control under variable snow conditions. These bindings also come in a Magnum variation which is an even larger binding.
"Nordic Integrated System" is a way of attaching bindings instead of drilling the binding directly to the ski. Instead an NIS mounting plate is attached and NIS bindings can be slid on or off the plate at anytime and adjustments can be made easier. The bindings below as you can see have no holes for drilling and they will slide right onto an NIS mounting plate.
Rossignol Turnmatic (IFP)
In 2016, Fischer and Rossignol introduced a new IFP binding plate which allows tool-less adjustment of binding position. The Turnamic binding uses step-in locking for the boot, and the lock closes or opens by turning the lever to the side. The IFP Turnamic bindings can be used with all NNN/Prolink boots, but the IFP plate will not accept NIS 1.0 bindings because of the new lock mechanism.
Automatic Vs. Manual Bindings:
Now that we have discussed the different brands and models of bindings lets get into options.
Some bindings like Back Country and Touring bindings come with the option of being manual or automatic. A manual system requires the skier to manual lock their boot into place with the lever in the front of the binding. An automatic binding simply requires the skier to step onto the binding and it locks the boot down automatically. The same goes for releasing the boot from the binding, a manual requires the release lever to be lifted by hand and the automatic binding has a push button system that releases the boot.
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