Bindings are in essence simple, they connect your boot to your ski. But, bindings are increasingly complex because there is an ever widening selection of binding options. If you have been to your local ski shop or have spent anytime out on your local popular trails then you have probably heard the terms: NNN, SNS, Prolink IFP, NIS, Turnamic. But what do these mean for you when you are shopping for skis.
To get started NNN and SNS are both referring to different binding/cleat systems. Basically, NNN was the system used by the majority of cross country ski manufactures, SNS was a system used by Salomon and is not compatible with NNN. Determining if you need SNS or NNN bindings is the first step of the puzzle. If you are going to use your current boots then you will need bindings compatible with those boots. If you are ordering new boots then any system works, but we recommend equiping yourself with NNN because the industry is moving towards NNN as a universal system and we like to have as many pieces of compatible equipment as possible.
to make things a little more confusing this past year bindings have become even more diverse. Rossi and Fischer added a new binding system, Turnamic, which uses IFP (integrated fixation plate). Basically their system uses a new plate that only accepts their new Turnamic bindings. The good news is their system is compatible with all NNN boots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhvG3VvhTHs
Those of you with SNS, we can still mount SNS over IFP.
Salomon introduced Prolink bindings a few years ago which is a screw in binding that is compatible with all NNN boots.
Madshus and Rottefella are still teamed up and use the NIS/xcelerator binding system. It is compatible with all NNN bindings and SNS bindings easily mount over NIS plates.
SNS/Pilot: This system is still being used today, even on the World Cup. Ask Jessie Diggins how much she loves Pilot. These bindings and boots are not going away anytime too soon but I think the goal of the industry is to emulate the Alpine world where most all boots are compatible with everyone's ski/binding setup.
Please feel free to contact Pioneer Midwest with any of your binding questions or needs. When you select a ski for purchase and specify NNN or SNS, we will get the perfect binding solution mounted on your new skis. If you have very specific binding needs including ramping or abnormal mounting locations, please reach out to us so we can assist you with your needs.