The Salomon Guardian 16 binding has recently picked up two prestigious snowsports awards for innovation - the Slide Award for Innovation (UK Snowsports Industry) and the ISPO Award for Innovation (International Snowsports Industries).

If you're someone who seeks untracked snow and is prepared to hike to get to that special stash, take a look at the Salomon Guardian binding when it becomes available in September.

This backcountry freeride binding has the precision and on-snow feel of a high-performance alpine binding thanks to a Low Profile Chassis enabling a lower boot positioning (28mm above the snow) for greater stability and enhanced terrain feedback. The 80mm-wide toe piece provides maximum power transmission and responsiveness resulting in better edge and ski feel.

By offering the most convenient and time-saving transition from hiking to riding, the binding helps enable a better experience in the mountains. Featuring the Hike & Ride Switch, which is easily engaged with your ski pole, it is no longer necessary to remove your skis when switching between hiking and riding modes. After climbing, simply use your ski pole to flip the climbing bar to skiing position, step down with your heel until the binding locks securely into place, and you are ready for the turns you've just earned.