Originally Posted by MattL
Right, I didn't mean an aesthetic match. I meant functionally. But I suppose on a ski like this a good looking one wouldn't hurt. I doubt I would put a lime green binding on a ski like this.
I don't really follow equipment trends and only look at equipment when I am ready to make a purchase. If I always researched I would buy too much stuff. So, I am not up on the latest tech. There are choices. I simply want to make the best one.
Maybe I should have posed the question to owners of the ski and what they have chosen. I usually wouldn't even ask such a basic question but when I am buying skis at this level I want to get other's opinions. My apologies for being excited about my new skis. It doesn't happen often.
Your reply is rather jaded. Hardly becoming of an Ambassador.
Sorry, didn't mean to dampen your excitement. Also didn't know Epic Ambassadors = Diplomatic Ambassadors. And I own the MX88 (RF 14's, FWIW). I didn't assume you were talking about color coordinates, but there is no significant functional difference, eg, reliability of release, angles of release, stand height, delta, elasticity, and so on, between brands that make one or the other better for the MX88. Seriously, think how often guys here who've worked in the industry, like Sierra Jim (who was a binding guy), state that every brand is solid, they all do their jobs, that the differences are trivial and more about appealing to individual taste. Frankly, I'd guess the biggest determinant of personal preference is negative; if we've never had an injury or close call on a particular brand, we tend to assume that brand is better. Actually, it's all probability statements, but don't try to tell us that; we know our xxx's - rather than luck - kept us from the ER.
This has been true for a long time, IMO; bindings a a group improve, but no single brand produces a technological breakthrough. The closet "gamechanger" since the 70's might be the original Marker Duke. But think about all the hoopla over the new Sollie AT bindings; the mountain brought forth a mouse, er, Duke. Which might have been more solid than the actual old Duke, but meanwhile Marker bettered the Duke. So even in the binding arena of greatest current design hoopla - AT - maybe a year ot two where Marker was clearly "better," now again boils down to personal preference. Traditional alpine bindings, far as I can tell, have undergone far less evolution. We still use Sollie and Look designs that were around when we were kids, or maybe before we were born, nowadays maybe they slightly longer lifespans and better AFD's. (I know I'm supposed to mention the Knee binding here, but IMO its reliability still needs to be demonstrated by some device other than negative events.)
What small differences do exist between brands in functionality might bear on a balls-out racing ski, might mean something to a serious competitor. But the MX88, however fine, isn't a GS ski, its width and intended mission/terrain make small design differences less relevant to perceived performance by us good but not great skiers. That leaves differences within each brand having to do with robusticity, so maybe what you're asking is whether you should go with a higher DIN binding that'll last. Sure, I guess. Every brand makes a solid high DIN binding.