The Salomon SNS XA Manual binding is the reference backcountry touring binding by which all others are judged.
- In production for many years, this binding has a respected durability record. OMC use this binding in a rental system for nearly 15 years, with no failures
- Manual operation does mean you have to bend over to open/close, but the benefit is a tight boot/binding connection and a high resistance to freezing up
- Be aware that the name has several aliases over the years- X-ADV Raid, XADV Manual, aka SNS-BC. The binding is the same
- Compatible with X-ADV boots, and older SNS-BC boots.
- Internal construction is beefy, but all metal-to-metal parts that need to slide are augmented with a plastic face to eliminate the freezing shut or open issues with experienced with competitive designs