I'm an almost-50 y/o aggressive expert New England skier, and I get 25-30 days a season. I prefer moguls to anything else and ski a fast WC-type technique. I also like to ski woods trails (especially thin cover - hell on equipment though), and am a sucker for the big snowboard park jumps too. I like short-med radius turns, and ski groomers as fast as my skis will go when there is absolutely nothing else to do. I'm not an equipment snob - I find that while the new ski technology is far superior to the old from a skiing standpoint, the use of lighter materials has resulted in increased failure rates. Since moving to the "new-stuff", I've been exploding a little over a pair of skis a season on the average. I'm not rich, so I try to find bargains on good-condition skis that are a few years old to keep my equipment costs reasonable.
Anyway, I've seen several posts in several forums that poo-poo Marker bindings. I've skied Marker almost exclusively for 35 years - mostly using the Rotomat-style rear end, but recently have been using lower-end step-ins. Markers were always supposed to be the best - heck, they must've been - the Mahre twins used them and everything!! Well, I skied with Salomans last season (on older Crossmax 10's with S916s, I think). Even though the bindings were well-aged, they were without a doubt the best bindings I ever used - not a single pre-release all season, even though I have the DIN setting set pretty conservatively, and every release was effortless and strain-free. I thought maybe I was just skiing better and/or not pushing the bindings as much (crappy snow year), but went back to my old(er) skis with Markers for a day after breaking my Crossmaxs toward the end of the season - I must've had a half-dozen pre-releases that day alone. Now, my Markers are probably 7-8 years old and not high-end, but they seem to operate just like every Marker I ever used. I'm skiing Saloman again this coming season, but I'm shopping for some backup used skis and keep finding skis with Markers on them - and now I'm afraid to buy a pair. Are my fears warranted, and all of those the poo-poo posts correct, or is this just a case of bad press?