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Bindings: longitudinal vs transverse springs

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All bindings are safe nowdays, so this is not a safety question. A lot of new bindings designs - Marker Royalty, Tyrolia Attack- have toepieces with transverse springs ( those compact stubby looking things). On the other hand, some of the longest running most respected bindings have longitudinal springs (Pivots, STHs, etcetera) Does one type of design have an advantage in elasticity? Are the manufacturers going to transverse designs mostly because they can "recycle" those toes in the AT bindings?
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The transverse toe works well with the AT design because of the hinge points of the design and it allows a a greater stride. Look/Rossi and Salomon have their elasticity numbers readily available and the lateral spring companies are tougher to find. For me it comes down to two things, elasticity and return to center speed, the longitudinal spring bindings tend to have more elasticity and the lateral spring ones are quicker to keep you over the center of the ski. 

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