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Binding Elasticity Question

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I'm 5-10, 200lbs & looking for a binding to mount on a pair of Elan 888's. I'm considering the new Salomon sth2 13's. It mentions that the binding has the most elasticity of any binding on the market. Could someone explain to me what this means & more importantly, would this be more ideal for soft snow? I will be using this ski primarily in hard snow conditions - so will the elasticity or travel be a sacrifice in the performance of the binding in these conditions?
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take a look at blister gear reviews at Marshal's binding reviews, there are good info in there

 

http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/bindings-201

 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/first-look-dynafit-beast-16-at-binding

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I'm 5-10, 200lbs & looking for a binding to mount on a pair of Elan 888's. I'm considering the new Salomon sth2 13's. It mentions that the binding has the most elasticity of any binding on the market. Could someone explain to me what this means & more importantly, would this be more ideal for soft snow? I will be using this ski primarily in hard snow conditions - so will the elasticity or travel be a sacrifice in the performance of the binding in these conditions?
Read Marshal Olson's writeup, it's the most intelligent explanation on bindings I've seen so far.

Elasticity lets you adsorb hard knocks without releasing, so it's important on hardpack and in bumps.
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Cannot speak to this particular binding, but have lot of experience with a similarly elastic model, Look Pivot/FKS. Yes, good in soft snow where your boot will get pushed around a lot. Also good for racing on hardpack, where forces can cause pre-release and you're going for a walk at 60 mph. And for taking air, same outcome. And for no fall zones in chutes or true steeps, where losing your skis could be fatal. 

 

So what's not to love? At more moderate speeds/forces, or in a slow speed fall in soft snow, or when you're ski's caught on something, all that recentering can keep you in when you'd rather leave; some discomfort or light injury can occur that a less elastic binding might, ironically, have avoided by being more abrupt. One solution is to set high elasticity bindings a bit lower than you would otherwise, which is further protection against serious damage. 

 

Another is to just man up and get gnar...don't want no d*mn release anyway! :mad 

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