I was able to pick up some powder skis this offseason - Fischer Watea 114s - but haven't gotten around to mounting bindings yet. Now that we're getting close to ski season, I need to stick some bindings on. I'm a fairly aggressive skier, and since these bindings will go on my fat skis, they will see most of their use in some rugged terrain on my western trips - trees, chutes, occasional hiking/side country. I'm not taking any huge drops, skis switch, or anything crazy but the occasional 5-10 foot drop does happen. I'm a smaller guy - 5'9" and 145 lbs - so I've been focusing on bindings with a 12 or 14 din. My everyday skis are Watea 84s, with Fishers X14 binding and I'm running an 8.5 din. They have worked fine.
I know everybody makes good bindings and if you search long enough you'll find good and bad experiences with nearly everything out there. My question is, does anyone make a binding that works "better" for fats skis...or do they all basically do the same job?
I have a limited number of local ski shops (one really) and they are pointing me towards the Marker Griffon, but that's really the only binding they sell. Poking around online, I've read good things on the Solly STH 14 drivers and the Look Pivot 14s. The Griffons, STHs, and Pivots all seem to run about the same price $230-300. I can also get my hands on a pair of Look/Dynastar PX12 ti bindings (a few years old and ugly color) for about $100...so a signficant savings.
Are the Pivots/Griffons/STHs really worth over twice the cost of the PX12 ti for my application? If I do decide to drop $250-300 on bindings, is any one better than the others for a fat ski?
Thanks for the help.