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Thoughts on KneeBindings

post #1 of 8
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Have had a few weeks with the KneeBindings now and wanted to share my experience. I don't want to rehash the hugely long debate on the other thread, just to discuss the pros and cons as I see them.

I'm a 5'11, 150lbs guy skiing on Scott Venture skis @168cm. I am an advanced but not expert skier and enjoy bumps and starting to get into steeps.

Have now had quite a few crashes with these bindings.

They release correctly. I've not had any occasions when they released inappropriately, nor any occasions when I felt they should have released but didn't.

The release is very strange for someone more used to traditional bindings. There is no sensation of them releasing. At one point after a tumble, my other half asked if I still had my skis on and I had to actually look down at my boots to see whether I still had skis on. I didn't feel the skis coming off during the crash.

I had one fall that would have been perfect for an ACL injury - on a steep pitch and uphill ski hit some compacted snow as I turned to look over my uphill shoulder (schoolboy error...) and twisted backwards, falling head first down the fall line. Uneventful release and happily no great damage done apart from a bent pole from the subsequent self arrest...

The main annoyance with them is that they are quite stiff to get into and require a fair amount of pressure on the heel piece. What is mildly inconvenient on the flat is annoying in the steeps and means one has to expend somewhat more energy than necessary.

Overall I'm pleased with them apart from these idiosyncrasies.
post #2 of 8

The Knee Binding does take a fair amount of pressure to click into.  In powder it can be a lot of work getting set up to have the leverage.  What I find works best is making sure you have a clear straight down angle to binding.  Get the foot all the way into it and then hit it hard.  No steady pressure, a hard hit to get it into the binding.

 

Can't say I remember the sensation of any binding releasing, one minute I'm skiing the next minute I'm a yard sale.

post #3 of 8

Nice to hear.  I just picked up a pair of Kneebindings and hope to get them mounted soon. 

post #4 of 8

Am considering knee bindings for my wife whom had an acl done 10 years ago,

Any suggestions pro or con?

Thanks

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Am considering knee bindings for my wife whom had an acl done 10 years ago,

Any suggestions pro or con?

Thanks

My wife went to them after ACL reconstruction. The biggest thing I can say is that they gave her a level of confidence/safety/whatever that she would not have had without them. She might not have gotten back out there without that. She has had no injuries since, but honestly I think it has nothing to do with the bindings, except that she is out there moving on.

post #6 of 8

Thanks for the info.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by lchupita View Post
 

Am considering knee bindings for my wife whom had an acl done 10 years ago,

Any suggestions pro or con?

Thanks

 

Like them. Been using them for a couple years now.  No issues.  Work like regular bindings.  Good support from Knee Bindings.

 

I think the technology is sound.  Fallen and had skis come off but can't say it saved me from ACL but it does raise one's confidence level as has been pointed out.

post #8 of 8

Thank you for the info

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