Originally Posted by ski=free
My only issues with the look family of bindings are two. Heavy. And they are hard to get into compared to other bindings espically on steep terrain and or deep snow.
Hmmm... IMO, Looks are the easiest to get into in deep now becuase you can just lift the heel lever instead of trying to stomp into it in deel snow. To me that's a huge advantage. Marker essentially copied Look's heel form factor for the Royalty series. Obviously the internals are different.
My (and I think a lot of others') gripe with the Royalty (and previous Marker) heels is that they do not have any elastic travel, the binding grips the boot very firmly until you reach a force of release, and then, boom, you are cleanly out of the binding in a split second. That behavior may have advantages from the safety standpoint (if you have to get out, you are better off getting out right away), but that does make it vulnerable to momentary high-force shocks (that's what we call prerelease), and it does not give you any advance warning of the ejection. Look on the other hand have a lot of elastic travel, which eliminates prerelease, and also gives you ample warning- I can almost feel the heel turning on its pivot. Both are safe and good enough- if I dont find any swappers in this thread, I will just mount the Griffons and I am sure they will do fine (maybe I will set the heel at 9.5 instead of 8.5, but that would be it).
Really all modern bindings are pretty safe, so I generally go with what I can buy for a decent price; price being equal Look gets my business every time.