Choice of bindings and boots is definitely being pushed by the DH lines that people want to ski. For example, my son likes to find cliff bands to hurl himself over, and tells me that my gear is inadequate. I'm on Maestrale boots, dynafit bindings and usually 185 JJs (115 under foot), which by no means is a "weeny" set-up. For him, its the concern about the bindings being able to hold when landing after dropping (sometimes multiple) cliffs that directs his choice of equipment. I can see his point. I don't huck big cliffs nor do I charge quite as hard, although the Dynafits have been excellent on steep chutes and chattery slopes. On the other hand, I don't work as hard as my son when climbing but he doesn't seem to mind the effort too much on day trips. (He is on Head race boots, Salomon Sth bindings on an MFD plate and TSTs - heavy by my standards). We have different ski goals, skills, and abilities, and choose different gear. Frankly, I don't think he likes long tours that much. For him its mostly about the descent. For me, its the whole trip, the solitude, the beauty of the snowy mountains, the descent, the speed, and the climb, that I love. So I choose fairly light, comfortable, and dependable gear, with a little weight penalty for the JJs to add more fun on the descent.
I think that BC ski equipment is often sold based on dreams and ideals, which might or might not be attainable by the purchaser. The new gear also allows more people to ski bigger lines while BC skiing than they would otherwise have been able to do on skinny skis. Fat rockered skis are just easier to ski in powder. That is why Dyanfit is now selling a $1000 binding (The Beast) with a high release value. They want to stay in the market for that segment of skiers that Marker and Solly/Atomic have pushed into.
Edited by canadianskier - 9/12/13 at 3:50pm