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A Review On: 2013 Salomon STH 16 Steel

2013 Salomon STH 16 Steel

Rated # 14 in Alpine Ski Bindings
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Pros: Damn Strong

Cons: Damn Expensive

The Sth16 Steel is Salomon's entry into the uber premium high end big mountain big boy binding market. Being a self proclaimed binding geek, I tend to follow what is going on in this small segment of the industry. For years a certain group of skiers who's skiing is well ego driven has been clambering for Salomon to reintroduce an all metal binding derived from the 997E/900E/L.A.B. Series. These bindings didn't just have high DINs, 9-16, 11-17 and 14-20 but housings to match the springs. The regular 916 while it is beefy, it is not the Grade A beef that the 916 Steel is. Where the regular 916 ha composite wings for the toes, the 916 Steel's are metal. You will also notice that the housing for th Steel is actually different, a design that dates back 10 plus years to the 997 series. Like the Look Pivot 18, the Sth Steel is a timeless binding that shows "with weight comes reliability" and and with a price tag that approaches $500...(down from $550 last year)  you have to pay to play and the Sth16 Steel plays hard. 




Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees





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