Originally Posted by JayT
Mount your 180 Bonafides on the line and don't think twice about it. Jesters are fine. Any of those bindings are fine.
Oleg, JayT and others are spot on. You have been way overthinking this whole package over the past few months. Now, in the case of bindings, just pick one, mount on the line and go skiing.
In some cases, there are valid reasons to mount off the line - but you need to understand why you are doing it. Either because of something you feel, or because you are going to use the ski in a particular way. But vastly more times than not, especially with a ski like the bonafide that is pretty traditional in feel, on the line is the right call. Did you demo? If you did, I'm sure that the shop sent you out set up on the line. If you are thinking about mounting a ski like the Bonafide but cannot articulate a reason that maps to your skiing style and preferences, or something you actually felt on the snow, you don't want to mount off the line. The dealers on this board have sold a ton of Bonafides and I would be than 99% leave the shop mounted on the line. Blizzard's engineers have already thought this one through for you.
Just because someone says something on Blister (or here), doesn't make it absolutely true. It is just one anecdotal opinion, and you have to know that the Blister guys are far from average Joe recreational skiers. What they like and how they set it up probably has very little application to your ski reality. OTOH, if you think that those guys are a style match for you, (a) you probably don't need to solicit advice around here and (b) fwiw, they didn't love the Bonafide - you should have bought something else like the Bibby Pro that they love.
I personally ride the Bonafide in 180, mounted on the line with Griffons. Perfect. I skied that set up 30+ days this past season across a wide range of conditions. Either the 90 brake or the 110 will work. I went with the 110 and have zero issues with overhang. But the 90 with a slight bend would work also. I know that Marker is disfavored on this board, and that Solly and Look are the binding of choice around here, but in terms of perceptible performance you have to be a TON of skier to notice a difference. And even then, true perception of comparable bindings head to head is a bit of a princess and the pea thing. I have skis mounted Solly Sth, Marker royals, and they all work great - I can't feel a difference and I am a decent skier and I can easily perceive differences in skis and boots.
The most important thing in bindings is to get a binding where your personal din setting falls closer to mid-range than top or bottom of the range. Durability is another consideration, but all of the above will be fine for normal skiing. As for the bindings on your list, unless you are 200+ lbs and dropping 10+ footers regularly, you don't need a Din16 binding - the Jesters and Attack 16 are way too much and you are taking an unnecessary weight penalty. Go with Griffons or the Attack 13 if you favor those brands.
Or, of the class on your list, go with the binding that looks the best, that you can get for the best price, have a legit shop mount them on the line and be done with it. Then back away from gear reviews and start planning your ski season. And check back in the fall when you are shopping powder skis.