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How to know the compatibility of a ski boot with a ski binding?

How to know if your ski boots are compatibles with your bindings?


The compatibility between your boots and bindings is a question you should ask yourself every time you’re about to buy a new pair. Indeed, as many brands have developed their own answers to the problems encountered by skiers, there are now multiple soles and bindings systems on the market and not all of them are compatible with each other. Quite the contrary in fact, the multiplication of standards has created a veritable mess that can be intimidating for some people. That’s why we’ve created this little guide to help you.

Table of contents:


The ISO 5355 norm (alpine soles)


The alpine ISO 5355 alpine norm is the most common on traditional ski boots, whether they are for sale or for rent. With its flat sole made of hard plastic, it’s the culprit behind the famous jerky and slippy gait skiers often have in the resort. The sole standards we'll see later have been specially developed to counter this problem.

The ISO 5355 alpine soles are compatible with all traditional bindings, that is to say the ones responding to the ISO 9462 norm. For example, the Look NX 11, Marker Squire 11 ID, Salomon Z10, and so on.
ski bindings Look NX 11
Look NX 11
ski bindings Marker Squire 11 ID
Marker Squire 11 ID
ski bindings Salomon
Salomon Z10


The ISO 9523 (touring soles)

Present on most touring ski boots, the ISO 9523 soles are inspired by walking shoes to provide a greater comfort to skiers when they are on foot, regardless of the surface. They use notched rubbers with a toe lip that work with specific bindings. Be careful though, this type of sole can be easily be confused with another if you’re not a specialist so refer to our product sheets or to the brand’s catalogue to make sure you are not mistaken.

The ISO 9523 touring soles are compatible with the following multi-norm bindings:

  • ISO 13992 binding norm (example: Marker Tour F10, Diamir Scout 11, etc)

  • Sole.ID binding norm (example: Marker Squire 11 ID, Marker Griffon 13 ID, etc)

  • MNC binding norm (example: Salomon Warden MNC 11, Salomon Warden MNC 13, etc)

  • AT binding norm (example: Tyrolia Attack² 11 AT, Tyrolia Attack² 13 AT, Tyrolia Attack² 14 AT, etc)

ski bindings Diamir Scout 11
Diamir Scout 11
ski bindings Marker Griffon 13 ID
Marker Griffon 13 ID
ski bindings Salomon Warden MNC 11
Warden MNC 11
ski bindings Tyrolia Attack² 14 AT
Tyrolia Attack² 14 AT


Gripwalk soles

Developed by Marker, the Gripwalk soles have been designed to help you walk more easily, more and more common on the slopes, they are about to become the new alpine reference. They feature a notched rubber tip and heel with a friction plate on the front in order to work with traditional bindings. Be careful though, this type of sole can be easily be confused with another so refer to our product sheets or to the brand’s catalogue to make sure you are not mistaken.

The Gripwalk soles are compatibles with the following bindings:

  • ISO 13992 binding norm (example: Marker Tour F10, Diamir Scout 11, etc)

  • Sole.ID binding norm (example: Marker Squire 11 ID, Marker Griffon 13 ID, etc)

  • MNC binding norm (example: Salomon Warden MNC 11, Salomon Warden MNC 13, etc)

  • AT binding norm (example: Tyrolia Attack² 11 AT et Tyrolia Attack² 13 AT)

  • MBS binding norm (example: Tyrolia MBS PR11, etc)

  • Dual binding norm (example: Look SPX 12 Dual, NX 12 Dual, etc)

ski bindings Diamir Scout 11
Diamir Scout 11
ski bindings Marker Griffon 13 ID
Marker Griffon 13 ID
ski bindings Salomon Warden MNC 11
Warden MNC 11
ski bindings Tyrolia Attack² 14 AT
Tyrolia Attack² 14 AT
Tyrolia PR 11 MBS
Look SPX 12 Dual


WTR soles (Walk To Ride)

Created by Lange and Salomon as the Gripwalk alternative, the WTR soles can still be found on freetouring boot despite the fact that they are no longer manufactured. Just like the Gripwalk, the WTR soles have a notched rubber tip and heel with a friction plate on the front in order to be compatible with traditional bindings. Beware, this type of sole can be easily be confused with another so refer to our product sheets or to the brand’s catalogue to make sure you’re not mistaken.

The WTR soles use the same norms as the Gripwalk, as shown below:

  • ISO 13992 binding norm (example: Marker Tour F10, Diamir Scout 11, etc)

  • Sole.ID binding norm (example: Marker Squire 11 ID, Marker Griffon 13 ID, etc)

  • MNC binding norm (example: Salomon Warden MNC 11, Salomon Warden MNC 13, etc)

  • AT binding norm (example: Tyrolia Attack² 11 AT et Tyrolia Attack² 13 AT)

  • MBS binding norm (example: Tyrolia MBS PR11, etc)

  • Dual binding norm (example: Look SPX 12 Dual, NX 12 Dual, etc)



Non-compliant soles

Non-compliant soles are used on certain touring boots and look very similar to the ISO 9523 touring soles. However, they do not feature the little toe lip on the front which makes them incompatible with traditional bindings. This type of sole can be easily be confused with another so refer to our product sheets or to the brand’s catalogue to make sure you’ve made the right choice.

Non-compliant soles are not designed for a specific type of bindings. A non-compliant sole on a boot with inserts should only be used in Low Tech bindings. As you will see, the standard of the sole does not matter if your boot is equipped with Low Tech inserts.


Boots and bindings with inserts


The inserts are not a sole standard per se but ski boots featuring this system will work with insert bindings (also called Low Tech bindings) regardless of your sole standard. In other words, a Gripwalk boot with inserts will be compatible with both Gripwalk and Low Tech bindings.



Compabilities between soles and bindings



Sole/Binding

ISO 9462

ISO 13992

Sole.ID

MNC

AT

MBS

Dual

Low Tech

ISO 5355

X              

ISO 9523

  X X X X      

Gripwalk

  X X X X X X  

WTR

  X X X X X X  

Non-compliant sole on a boot with inserts*

              X

*Inserts are not a sole standard per se but regardless of the sole standard, any ski boot with inserts will work with Low Tech bindings.