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Atomic FFG 14 bindings same toe as Salomon STH Driver bindings

post #1 of 5
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Hi Guys.

 

First post. (insert applause here).

 

I know that Salomon makes the bindings for Atomic but Salomon has two different toe pieces for its STH series. Apparently the better one is called the Driver. Does anyone know if the Atomics use the Driver toe?

 

Either way, the Salomon STH series seems to be a bargain compared to the competition. Is there any reason for this?

post #2 of 5

It looks like the FFG 14 is the non-drver toe (which you will also hear called Z or quadrax). The FFG 16 comes with the driver toe.

 

I saw some claims that the FFG 14 can be had with the driver toe - but I am not actually seeing any out there.

 

All other things being equal, I'd take the driver toe. However, I use both toes and both consistently treat me well. The driver locks in a bit more, but is "fussier" in terms of wanting boot by boot adjustment and a tightness check now and again. The non-driver toe is pretty much "auto" everything.

 

I'm not exactly a ripping skier, but I weigh over 200#s and spend a decent amount of time on my gear. I guess I'd say that the FFG/STH line is basically super solid in terms of anything most of us will use them for. If you really had a need for one variant or the other, you'd likely know it.

 

The rationale behing binding prices largely eludes me. The bottom line is that the STH (=FFG) line is a solid value among the pack of "no brainer" good bindings IMO.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks Spindrift.

 

Sounds like you're happy with your STHs. That works for me. The Salomon STH 14 with the driver toe is only $20 more than the Atomics. The only small problem is the Atomic come in a 100 mm brake which would fit my future ski (Bonefide) perfectly. The Salomons are 115.

post #4 of 5

Brakes are easy to swap and Salomon brakes are super easy do bend. Personally I like the Driver toe much more than the 'oversize' Z toe to the point where while I would buy a Driver (I have probably 20 pair in my collection) I would ski a Marker Royal binding and Look Pivot over a Z toe.With that said, I have Sth14 Drivers in stock that I would be glad to send you with 100mm brakes. Also have Bonafides in stock too. Let me know if I can help. 

post #5 of 5

Swapping a wider Salomon brake for a narrower one should be easy and free.  Many more people need a wider brake than narrower these days.  It should have no impact on your decision.

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