Salomon Prolink Carbon
Salomon produces nine versions of the Prolink binding. Prolink Carbon is the top of the line, with two skating versions and two Classic versions. The SK and CL (skate and Classic) have a reduced sole plate to put the boot sole right on the skis' top surface. The SK2 and CL2 provide a slightly wider sole plate. Either way, this a very light weight and low-to-the-ski binding that provides exceptional snow feel. This is particularly helpful in Classic skiing. The latching system is simple and straightforward, and the dual-ridge sole plate prevents side-to-side boot motion. The SRP is $70 [US] / $109 [CDN].
Turnamic Control Step-in
Turnamic is a new binding system introduced by Fischer and Rossignol that is based on the NNN platform and accepts all NNN and Prolink boots. Flexibility and ease of use are highlights of the new system, and the Control Step-in model for recreational skiers features a simple step-in process; then to remove the boot, simply turn the lever right or left. The binding slides on an Integrated Fixation Plate (IFP) that is fitted onto the skis. Move it forward for more grip and easier turning, or back for more glide. This two-part plate replaces the previous single NIS system on the NNN platform. To allow for better ski flex, the binding is only fixed to one part of the plate, and an integrated lever means it can be moved fore and aft without tools. Turnamic is also available in race and kid's versions. For an easy, flexible and attractive recreational binding, the Turnamic Control Step-in is hard to beat. The SRP is $70 [US] / $85 [CDN].
Rottefella NNN BC Magnum
This is the beefiest single-bar binding on the market. It features a wide 67mm contoured steering plate that increases the contact area between boot sole, binding and ski. Combine that with two large ridges that fit into corresponding grooves in the boot sole and you have tons of turning power. The manual lever closes two long-lasting, powerful hooks over the boot bar and nestles the bar in an all-metal cradle. No plastic to wear out and decrease edge power. The design is simple, clean and strong in all the right places. It's a binding that you can trust for extended tours. The SRP is $89 [US] / $89 [CDN].