No, wasn't looking for affirmation. Just real world experience. I am not a big fan of a beginner on AT gear for several reasons. Weight and cost isn't one of them. Getting in and out of them is a issue. Just not sure how much of an issue. Seems simple enough now. It is not "just clicking in". Close enough for me these days.
"Many alpine boots that will be suitable for her are much lighter than back in the day." Just didn't find your observation accurate.
The level of safety with the best tech bindings is an issue I think for beginners in a slow twisting fall. A lot of compromises there from my perspective. That said I have spent the last 3 yeras on nothing but tech bindings on all my skis for in and out of bounds. This winter I am going back to a DH binding reluctantly on some skis. But price isn't the motivation there. In this case I want less ramp angle on the ski/binding/boot combo. Not a beginner's concern typically.
Ha, you should have heard my wife's retort after reading the TGR thread on the same topic. At that point she decided on full on AT gear just to prove her point. What that point is I am not sure, even now Took some talking to get her to lower those expectations
I ski half dozen set of boots a winter and two or three times that number of skis. For me...even with a small trade off in control the lwt gear is much more fun to spend the day in. I can remember when a run down the bunny hill resulted in any number of falls. Short of breaking anything I can only imagine how much more fun it would be to have gear that weighted 2/3 less than the typical dh gear available.
All of which gets me rethinking the whole thing and looking at AT bindings and boots again.