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Kneebinding Knee Friendly Binding


Pros: Prevents Injuries while Providing High Performance

I am an expert skier and have skied the past 19 of my 33 ski days so far this 2008/9 season on Kneebindings in NH (mostly WV). I have had NO pre-releases skiing all terrain in all conditions at normal DIN settings. I did have one bad collision on steep terrain (hit from behind) in which I was very briefly knocked unconscious, and both of my skis released properly and the brakes worked very well keeping my skis nearby. My injuries were just bumps and bruises from the physical contact, a chipped tooth, and a very slight concussion (thankfully I was wearing a helmet). After a couple minutes I skied away from this shunt, and continued skiing that day. I had NO knee injuries or bone breaks. My wife and sister-in-law are also skiing on these bindings with NO pre-releases and NO injuries, though they are not skiing at the same high level as me.


The ski I am primarily skiing with these bindings is the Head Monster iM82 (82mm waist), and the performance is excellent. I have skied lots of steeps, in fresh snow and groomed, skied bumps, piles, trees, and ripped groomers. The bindings have a slightly heel high ramp angle (23mm toe; 32mm heel) and seem very well connected to the edges, so that the skis are very responsive. This ski carves very well and handles piles of snow very well, and is a pleasure to ski late in the day on busy weekends when you are skiing back and forth between piles of pushed snow and scraped ice. I have noticed that the sweet spot on the iM82 is slightly back from normal, though my boot centers line up perfectly with the ski center. This ski also skis longer than its measurement would have you believe. I am skiing Nordica Speedmachine boots with custom orthotics.


I also have these bindings mounted on Dynastar Legend 4800 (75mm waist) and Stockli Laser SL (66mm waist), and these skis are nice as well, especially when the conditions suit them best (the Legends like soft springlike conditions best, and the Lasers prefer hard pack best). The Legend is a more relaxed cruising ski that pretty much does everything - just not at the highest level. The Laser is a slalom ski that rewards strong attention by carving deep tight arcs - but needs your attention. Both the Laser and Legend have a normal sweet spot position compared to the Monster which is slightly back of the others. The skis all perform well with the Kneebindings but I am continually surprised to find the Head Monsters do everything so well.


I have been skiing almost my whole life, and was formerly a professional instructor while attending college in New England. I still frequently get clinic'd and coached and my technique is solidly contemporary. I have one reconstructed ACL and would like to avoid repeating the grueling 6 months of rehab and spending another $20K in medical bills, so this is the genesis of my keen interest in the Kneebinding product - to which I have no relation other than being a happy customer. These are not an inexpensive binding, but they work well. If they help me to continue to ski at a high level while mitigating the risk of another ACL injury, then they will have been priceless!


Pros: Love the concept

I just purchased these.....they were mounted wrong for my first trial. I am going to be trying them out again next week after having them mounted correctly. I have a reconstructed knee so am anxious to see how I ski on them


Pros: protects knees

Cons: price

I bought a pair of the Knee Bindings last spring, but didn't ski on them until December 2009.  I have them mounted on a pair of Fischer Zeals with an 84 inch waist.  They do have the newer AFD devices that Knee Binding shipped out this fall.  I've been skiing in Colorado and California with them this season, mainly on blue and single black diamond terrain, including ungroomed powder and crud.  I haven't had any trouble with prereleasing or losing AFDs.  They did release in the one spectacular tumble I took on KT-22 at Squaw Valley, so it seems like they are functioning as planned.  I've never had an ACL injury so I bought them more as a safety precaution, since I'm the target demographic of fortysomething female skier.   So far I've been pretty happy with them, although it would be nice if the price came down.  The company has been very responsive about answering any questions I had before and after buying them. 


Pros: Cost of binding is worth saving knees

Cons: Tough to know if it really works unless you have the type of fall that causes ACL tears

I bought the carbon fiber bindings. So far, so good. I experienced no pre-releases. It takes a little getting used to stepping into the bindings. Otherwise worth the cost.


Pros: Safety, reliability, durability

Being a Vermonter with a bad knee I heard here and there some buzz about knee bindings, but I'm also a post college ski bum, so the $350 price tag deterred me for quite some time. It wasn't until I moved out to Big Sky that I found one of the local shops out here was literally giving these bindings away for something like 125 dollars.  The bindings themselves are pretty heavy and fairly unattractive but for that price and the possible prevention of yet another ACL tear, I figured I didn't have much to lose and purchased the women specific binding.

This is the first gear review I have ever written-- that's how much I think these bindings are worth mentioning. I skied about 120 days last season, nearly all of which were on these bindings. Never once did I feel as if my knee was tweeked, like I did nearly every fall in my previous marker bindings. I also have never felt as if I pre-released-- I took some serious falls and tomahawks some of which they stayed on, and some where they did not-- all justified. I ski hard and as some may know, Big Sky is not exactly easy on equipment, and these bindings have held up remarkably.



Now lets see knee-binding come out with the first ever pivot touring binding......


Pros: Work and feel well.

Cons: A touch spendy.

I am a 41 year old former VI level skier, who is now more worried about knees and overall health than big air. That said, I love steep terrain and high-speed on piste skiing. I bought these bindings last year with a new set of Mantras. I love the ski and binding combination. The bindings are sold, easy entry. I've skied maybe 20 days on the set and have nothing but good to say about stability and function.

The DINs are set at a 6 and I've never had an unwanted release (5-10" 180lbs). I have had one funky fall where the lateral release worked to release my ski sideways. Although I doubt it was a knee-saving release, the mechanism and feel of the release were new to me and it made an impression that these bindings simply let you out of the ski. I see no point in tumbling with the skis still attached to my foot in any direction or length of time and I'm sold on this product. I'm following the various threads and I've seen a lot of posts by skeptics, but the criticisms don't seem to be from owners - who appear to be unanimously happy with the function of these bindings.

The downsides maybe graphics and looks, which I don't care about, weight - which I haven't noticed, and price - which I think is well worth it. My very experienced friend tore her ACL last year in a stupid lift-line fall, having been knocked sideways by a kid. As she described the mechanics of the fall, it seemed to be of type that these bindings are designed to avoid. Her experience of time, $$ and painful rehab make the extra hundred bucks of these bindings seem like a rounding error.

Although a new product, I am sold on the design and function.


Pros: As good as any other binding, plus knee protection

Cons: Hard to find

Mounted these on my Gotamas. After a knee injury I switched to snowboarding thinking it would be safer. Now after 4 years, I'm returning to skiing because of these bindings. They give me to confidence to hit it hard again and I couldn't be happier. Because of my nervousness I'm set to a type II skier DIN and although I'm skiing fairly aggressively in all conditions and all mountain, I haven't had an unexpected release yet.

Stepping into them feels positive and just like any other binding I've skied. They ski exactly like the markers I had on the demo Gotatmas. So really there seems to be no sacrifice for these bindings.

Plus I like supporting the small company here. Marker sales reps must take my local ski shop on massive heli-ski trips or something because so they talked badly about Kneebinding but knew absolutely nothing about them. So I called them directly to ask questions and their chairman gave me about 30 minutes of his time explaining their technology, thought that was really nice. Then I gave my business to REI, the only shop carrying them in Seattle.


Pros: simple, works, no pre-release, stable

Cons: brake width

Just put Carbon Knee Bindings on a pair of Gotamas and a pair of Kastle FX84.  Quick review - I have 4 days of testing and then riding after purchase.


Operation: These are Left/Right so you need to note when stepping into ski. In all other respects they seem like other bindings. I have had two releases - one normal when I caught an edge.  release was quick and smooth. seemed about right.  The second was a strange side hit to a mogul when I fell tot he side - the foot came out in the "knee binding release" that allows horizontal release of the foot to protect the ACL.  Not sure if I would have had an injury without this release or not, however the fall was hard enough that a release seemed right.


Skiing: skis just like the Marker Griffin or Vist bindings I use.


Construction:  OK, but not to the same level of finish as either the marker nor the vist.   engagement is positive, but not as clear as the vist.   Brakes are too wide and do not fold in like top end bindings,


Looks: a bit dated, but OK


Summary: I didn't buy them for the looks, and the on snow performance seems fine.  Time will tell, but if there is a chance this works it will be worth it.   Also, I hope their success sends a message to other binding manufacturers - if ACL's can be protected by a adding a bit of cost and another release plane - then do it.  At least give us the option of a top end model that has the best safety. 

Kneebinding Knee Friendly Binding

This is an alpine ski binding with lateral heel and toe release that is considered to reduce the risk of ACL injury.

Manufacturer WarrantyMade in USA
Binding DIN Range3-9 or 5-12
Brake Width90mm
Additional InfoLightweight
Recommended Skier Weight
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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