Hey all! I am brand spankin' new here, and was wondering if I could get some advice on bindings. I skied at Whistler this past weekend with the intention of skiing the Volkl Kikus and the Nordica Nemesis (yes, I'm a girl), but neither were available. So based on what I was looking for, the guys at the shop told me to demo the BMX 98's (168), and that I would love them. Boy, were they right! They are fun to drive! I intended to get something that I am able to get a deal on, but (as it always seems to work out) coughed up the cash and brought them home with me. Trouble is, I need bindings. I haven't bought bindings since the late 90's, as I have skis with integrated bindings, and then before that solely telemarked for about 6 years. I know I need something that has a 100 mm brake width, and a lower DIN setting of 3-12, but that's all I know. I'm not sure what to look for. Ideally I would love to get a Rossignol, Atomic, or Head binding as I could save some money on them, but I would only do that if they are a good binding. I know that Marker, Salomon and Look are probably the best/most popular ones right now, so if that's the case, I don't want to sacrifice quality for less money. Not sure what to do. Does one really need to spend $300.00+ on good bindings?
Me: Female, 40 (for one more day), 5'6", 140 pounds, pretty aggressive, beginner level 9 skier. Ski NW Washington.
......Oh, and if any of you are in the industry, I would love to know the difference between the Nemesis and the BMX 98's. I was dead set on the Nemesis, but they are nowhere to be found to demo and I won't buy anything without trying them first. The Kastles are nowhere to be found, even for purchase, in the Seattle metro area and only one store has them in Vancouver, so they are proving impossible to compare and no one can offer any input. Just hoping I made the right decision ($$$!!!).