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tfshI think the Shift is a more ambitious and "better" binding however I still use kingpins over them. See the issue is that SHIFTS have been plagued with a bunch of AFD issues and they are also being improperly mounted more times than not. Salomon has not fixed any of the issues. I bring this up because Kingpins too once had issues. The toe peice's pins would break of commonly, I myself experienced this, and im sure there were other first gen issues as well. Point being, Marker fixed this issue and recalled effected bindings. Salomon has yet to reach this point. my two cents
i should note I cannot weigh in on ski performance, kingpins feel much more like downhill bindings than tech bindings going downhill but I can only speculate as to what shifts feel like, my guess a more confidence inspiring feel.
**This post was edited on Jul 25th 2019 at 8:36:01pm
severniyI would put it another way - Shift or Tecton. Tecton has lateral release in toe. And are lighter than both kingpins and shift.
I used shift last season for touring days, inbounds days and mixed days (side country). I had two prereleases (in first 10 days) but after forward pressure readjustment and 15 days on them - I have no complains. So for your application shift is a really good choice.