BEST FOR: Heavy-metal-inspired descents; skiing primarily inbounds.
THE TEST: The updated, slightly lighter Salomon Guardian remains the best-performing freeride AT binding available. A low stack height lends it great snow feel, and the extrawide platform can power the fattest powder skis. It’s too heavy for anything other than short backcountry missions, but switching modes is a snap. 6.3 lbs.
THE VERDICT: An alpine binding with a walk mode.