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What is the difference in low price to high price bindings.

post #1 of 4
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I was always confused about ski bindings. What is really the difference in them all.

 

From low price to higher priced?

 

I know all do the same, hold your foot in and when for safety release when necessary. What is the difference of getting high price ones?

post #2 of 4

Higher priced bindings tend to have higher DIN capacity along with that higher DIN, you need a better housing to hold that stronger spring so in that more expensive binding, you will get a better housed binding that usually has more metal in it's structure. While a $100.00 binding an a $400.00 binding might look similar, the construction is vastly different. 

post #3 of 4

Higher strength to cope with the higher forces means the more robust (and expensive) bindings will usually last longer before succumbing to plastic (or metal) fatigue.

 

Better bindings have better functionality through a few means.  They release in more directions, for example pivoting or diagonal heels.  They have better forward pressure compensating mechanisms.  They have better elasticity and recentering, meaning if you take a small hit and the boot gets knocked a little off centre, it won't come off because it is still within it's "elastic range" (not a strictly accurate term, but close enough) and it will re-align itself before the next little hit.

 


That's all I got, except maybe image.

post #4 of 4

Phil knows his *stuff* about ski bindings, but Ghost's answer is a lot more encompassing than his. The way a 'high performance' binding works is very different than how a low priced 'recreational' binding works. The primary difference, as Ghost noted, is elastic travel, this is a BIG deal for more aggressive skiers. The construction differences are real also... but I think they are a bit over-stated vs the difference in binding function. I'd happily ski a plastic binding with high-end function before I'd ski a metal binding that works like an on/off switch.

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