Me: 5'10, 160lbs, 32, advanced to adv. intermediate, aggressive, ski anything that's not park, spend 70% off piste, don't huck, don't plan on hiking for turns in the near future. My knees aren't the strongest, so I'd like to treat them well :).
I've been skiing on Dynastar Legend 8ks with the integrated Fluid bindings - which are the Look PX12 80mm ones. I've noticed that my PX12s are not as knee-friendly as my first set of bindings (at the same DIN) which were some beginner-level Sollys. Of course, the PX12s have much more predictable and elastic retention, which is great.
I just placed an order for a set of Dynastar Legend 94 skis to replace the 8ks and need to choose the right bindings for them. Been doing some research about what's out there. Price is definitely a strong consideration, so I'm ok with last year's gear that is marked down. This also eliminates the Rossi FKS or Look Pivot lines (for example) because I'm not in a position to spend upwards of $300 on bindings right now. Otherwise, those would have been at the top of my list.
Despite the fact that I've been progressing quickly and ski aggressively, I've been keeping my bindings between 7.5 and 8.5 DIN for the last couple seasons, so a 4-12 binding is plenty for me, I suspect.
Some models that stuck out as good options (considering price as well):
- Salomon STH/Atomic FFG with a Driver toe piece (STH 12 or 14)
- Tyrolia Peak/Head Mojo (either 11, 12 or 15)
- Look PX12/Rossi Axial2 (either 120 or 140)
The Tyrolia/Head bindings seem to have a diagonal release heel piece which seems like a great idea. However, the Salomon Driver toe piece seems like a great idea for a nice secure fit on the toe. Do they also have similar release capabilities in the heel? If so, I'll definitely go for those.