Pros: Skis are light, lively, fun
Cons: Bindings didn't release, defective
Usually ski on an Atomic or Soloman slalom ski; tried the Atomic d4 this year, (edge grip on ice in NE is so important), nice ski but felt incredibly heavy. Season was so late getting started that not much was left to trade to, so I tried the Photon. I'm 5'4 and 130 lbs and got the 153's; they've been great fun, lively and got some pop in the turns. Not like an Atomic on ice, but thought I could try them this year and see about changing next year. I ski the whole mountain, five days a week.
Unfortunately, caught a tip on Tuesday and flipped, ending up with my skis twisted behind me. Not only did neither of them release, I couldn't pop them either and laid there until the ski patrol arrived. They had trouble, having to try for quite a while and said something was definitely wrong; they had never been unable to pop a binding before. At first aid (before the trip to the ER) they said to get them replaced as they were defective; that I was lucky I was in a place where there were people; otherwise I could have been lying there a very long time.
So my booked ski vacation this week is a total loss while I await the ortho appointment tomorrow to see how bad the ankle and knee are messed up.
Belatedly, I've now googled the self-check test and forwarded along to everyone I know.
Be aware - check your bindings - my din was set at my usual, but obviously that didn't do me any good!