I picked up a pair of used Atomic Beta Race skis on the cheap, and after adjusting the bindings to my boot size, I tried stepping into them. The bindings didn't seem to be holding the heel down tightly. I took the boot off, clicked the boot into the bindings and took the pictures below. The first one is with me holding the brake up with my thumb. In this case, the heel of the boot contacts the ski. But if I let go of the brake, the binding doesn't seem strong enough to hold it down, and the heel of the boot lifts up.
This isn't normal, is it???
I checked the forward pressure adjustment, and the adjusting screw at the back is flush with the housing, as the Atomic tech manual directs, so that seems correct.
I checked the date of manufacture of the bindings (printed on the underside of the release lever) and it is 2000, so that's within the range of dates that were recalled by Atomic (1998-2003 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09077.html) But the recall notice says they fail with the heel unit cracking. That doesn't seem to be what's happening here.
Edited by renenkel - 11/27/12 at 3:14pm