It wasnt that long ago salomon was making a binding where the toe of the binding was not based on the industry standard of the sole of the boot being a precise size where the binding holds on @ the front of the boot.
The wings on the toe piece were adjustable & I found always worked loose. Which would result in play between the binding & boot. The bindings would then prerelease easier as a result of momentum from the boot traveling back & forth between the wings of the toe piece. In fact the pair I had they would not even adjust tight enough to remove the play & they would work lose in several runs from their tightest setting resulting in huge amounts of play.
For @ least 20 years before this I do not know of any binding manufacture stupid enough including salomon to make such a design so I did not even think to look if it was adjustable. I bought them what I thought was a reputable dealer but they did not have any understanding & I failed to examine the bindings.
I ended up junking the bindings for safety reasons instead of selling them to the next victum which salomon continued for several years supplied stores with
I have look bindings now & on my skis & will be purchasing one pair of knee binding & if they funtion the way I heard they do I will be replacing all my bindings with the knee bindings. ( My look bindings I think are as safe as all the other bindings out there exept the knee bindings of course I could be wrong.)
I think it is best to buy the safest bindings out of the money allocated for purchasing ski equipment.
Secound on getting the best boots to fit your needs in comort & performance (which does not always meam most expensive)
3rd on poles that have a proper handle & are not bent.
4th on skis This is where the big bucks can be saved if newer skis several years old are bought or used skis that are in good shape.
Never sacrifice poor bindings & boots for expensive bells & whistles on new skis