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Salomon STH2 MNC 16 Ski Binding 2021 – 2022 | Review

The STH2 16 platform gets MNC certification for improved versatility

Why we chose the Salomon STH2 MNC 16: Safe, powerful, durable 

Weight per binding: 1,240g
Release Value: 7 – 16
Brake Sizes: 90, 100, 115 & 130 mm
Heel Adjustment: 28 mm
Price: £275 / €280 / $320

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The power transmission, durability and safety of the Salomon STH2 MNC 16 is, quite honestly, second to none. The top of the alpine binding game is certainly a two-horse race between the STH2 and Pivot platforms.

Now, for 2021, Salomon have looked to gain the edge over Look by improving the versatility of this classic ski binding through the incorporation of MNC certification for usability with pretty much every boot sole on the market.

Salomon STH2 MNC 16 Build

Starting at the toe, the STH2 is built around Salomon’s successful 3D Drive Toe system. This system allows the toe to subtly pivot around multiple axis to help smooth out any potential shocks and vibrations when skiing hard at speed. The pivoting 3D Drive Toe gives a smooth release between your boot and the binding in the event of a twisting, and potentially damaging, fall.

As you can see from our studio shots, the wings on the STH2 MNC 16 are elongated at the sides. This is what Salomon calls their XL Wings. These larger wings give the toe piece more to grip onto on the front of your binding for superior power transmission, while also helping to centre your boot for an easy step in, particularly important for when you’re trying to click in fresh snow.

Salomon has brought an update to the toe of the STH2 for 2021. This update comes in the form of a Transfer Switch Technology. This all-new technology gives you the option to choose between two power transfer modes through a switch found on the toe. The first ‘progressive’ option means that the toe pedal sits on a rubber pad, giving you improved dampening, while the second ‘progressive’ position means the toe will sit on firmer plastic, giving you improved power transmission and response.

“The constant rearward pressure ensures your boot will never pre-release from the binding”

Moving onto the heel of the binding, it features Salomon’s Heel Flex Interface, which is essentially their forward pressure screw that’s always working hard to keep the heel the binding butted up against the back of your boot. The constant rearward pressure ensures your boot will never pre-release from the binding when you’re flexing your skis through high-speed turns.

The heel sits on a platform that’s not only oversized for better power transfer on wider skis, but also features Salomon’s Progressive Transfer Pads which have been designed to absorb any unwanted shocks and vibrations being sent from your skis.

Finally, the whole binding is wrapped up in a steel construction that’s designed to provide near-instant power transfer direct to your skis. Not only this, but the binding also carries the improved durability of the steel construction – essential stuff for a freeride binding designed for experts.

Who Is The Salomon Salomon STH2 MNC 16 For?

There’s no real surprise as to why this binding system has such a cult following around the world. Salomon has long been tuning and perfecting the pinnacle of their alpine binding range, resulting in a binding you can rely on to provide power and energy when you need it, and safety and reliability when your knees are on the line. That, to us, makes a pretty unbeatable binding.

What Is The Salomon Salomon STH2 MNC 16 Good At?

Power: 9/10
Durability: 9/10
Safety: 9/10

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