SNS vs. NNN

SNS vs. NNN

The age old question, SNS or NNN? I currently am facing this question for the coming season seeing as I am making some major changes to my fleet. I currently am a user of Solomon’s SNS binding system and am fairly content. But with what seems like a rare opportunity to switch coming my way, I am having to reevaluate my decision and see if it’s still the right one for me. For the last few years it seems as if NNN was the more common choice by World Cup skiers and high level racers alike, yet this year Solomon is introducing an entirely new elite level boot aimed at redefining the Nordic boot of today. Yet Solomon is not the only one introducing alluring new technology. Fischer is also releasing a limited run of elite level boots which have bold weight and stiffness claims just like the Solomon option. The Fischer boot has already seen many US ski team members such as Andy Newell, Sophie Caldwell, and Kris Freeman drop their current boot sponsors in favor of the new offering from Fischer. These new offering from both entities in the boot world may be extremely limited and painfully expensive but they will most certainly usher in major advances in the lower end and standard race boots already on the market. So what’s the right choice? Well it’s pretty hard to give one correct answer, but I can conclude the following: if you have the luxury of waiting a season or two you may see major changes and improvements in the boot lineups from Fischer and Solomon.

  • iAasen

    This is a tricky one for me. Why? Because I happen to prefer the SNS Pilot Equipe binding but boots intended for NNN, which kinda sucks as this means leaving one system out. It’s not that salomon don’t make fantastic boots, because they do, it’s just that I can’t stand the strap over the bridge of the foot on their best boots. Stiff sole? No problem but the strap gives me cramps. Also I find alpina and Fischer fit my foot better. I also think that the two axis SNS system gives a much better kick and brings the ski back in a better, more aggressive position, with more control than NNN, which I feel in comparison is loose. There is an argument to be made for bindings that attach with screws as well, especially when roller skiing but also on snow. Would love to frankenstein the two but I guess I’d have to work as a developer in one of the two factories for that. 🙂

    • I absolutely agree. The SNS Pilot system skis better in my opinion it’s just the boots that don’t work for my feet. If only we could have a universal standard which combines the best features of both! Maybe some day haha