NoPain, I got my first issue of Couloir for this season last night. Woo Hoo! Extensive review of tested tele bindings is in that issue. Also, those of you who have been talking randonee, there's are reviews of that type binding as well. Although, there's not much new in the randonee world of bindings.
Back to tele...
I'm going with G3. First, their stuff works, it's proven, and feels great (caveat, I broke 2 toe bars on a pair of T9's last spring. They're not using titanium for the bar this season.) Second, from a personal standpoint, I get their stuff on shop form.
The HammerHead was viewed very favorably. I didn't know until reading the reviews last night that 300 HammerHeads have been tested for the past 3 seasons. There's 2 inches of travel in their spring which is about 2x's the travel of other bindings. Therefore, no more bottoming out the travel, especially for peole with big feet.
On the down side... I've spoken with a few local shops here in Summit Co about mounting them. They ain't happy about rainey's choice to sell direct. I gotta say that I'm concerned about their position cause they're a resource that I depend on.
I really like the HammerHead from a gut standpoint. Rainey has put a lot of thought into this contraption. Their superloop went through a lot of growing pains but on the flip side they've learned a lot about the better mouse trap through trial. Maybe next season if they re-enter the retail market?
A neat review of a Bomber binding (you know, the maker of plate carving snowboard bindings) in a tele version is also reviewed.
Bindings I own:
Wadda ya think? I wanna know your perspective.