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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
So, you Naxo owners, I had an interesting conversation with a guy on the tram dock today.

He had a pair of Volkl Gotama's with Naxo's and I asked him how he liked them. Response was that he'd broken them (the bindings) three times already this season. One broken toepiece, one heelpiece, and one break of the housing that connects the brake assembly to the center rail.

He's 22 years old, about 170#, and skis a DIN of 10. He said the first break (heelpiece) occurred during a jump, but that the other two were essentially just skiing.

He said he has two friends who have Naxo's. They ski as hard/much as he does and have had no problems. The shop can't figure out what he's doing because they've had no other failures in any of the Naxo's they've sold.

I watched him ski Rendezvous Bowl after we talked and he looked *very* smooth. He did say that he loved the way they worked while skinning.

I just thought I'd pass on a report.

post #2 of 10
Thanks, Bob.

I wonder if he got some of the "first batch" of Naxos imported here, which apparently had some brittle plastic. Mine have held up nicely under two days of hard lift-served alpine skiing.
post #3 of 10
Thanks for the info. Hadn't heard about the "first batch" problem. I've heard 80% great reports, but then 20% not so good, wonder if that explains it. I'll stick with my Freerides this year, but it's gonna be a tough choice next time I by a pair of skis.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Gonzo, Ski Rick, and some PM-er's:

Thanks for the responses. I think *any* new product is going to be held under the microscope. Especially something as "out there" as a binding that would compete for best-of-class honors in a discipline as unforgiving as alpine touring bindings.

From my standpoint, it's likely that the guy I ran into is *probably* the exception that makes the rule. We've all heard these ongoing stories about people that break Fritschi's, and yet we've never broken them *ourselves* in day-to-day use.

I have no doubt that there is *someone* out there who could break any product that comes on the market. The guy I talked to told me that he was skiing early-issue Naxo's. It was *very* cold here in Jackson last week. Maybe all of that contributed to his binding failures.

Bottom line is that he thought they skinned extremely well, BCA was totally on top of doing replacements for him, and he was probably (although I don't know this) pushing the bindings far more than I or most "mortal" skiers ever would. Sounds like a pretty good endorsement, when you really dig down into it.

post #5 of 10
here's the definitive word (ok, many words) on the naxo:
post #6 of 10
I broke the cocking lever on my Naxos, but they tour and ski really well.
post #7 of 10
the Cocking lever seems to be the most common breakage point. my levers snap forward as I step into the binding, when they snap they hit the back of my boot( Denali XT). After breaking 2 levers I now lay a glove on the lever as I step in, this acts as a cushion between the lever and my boot and has stopped the breakages. The higher your DIN the harder the snap. My DIN 10. this breakage in no way affects the skiability or climbability of the binding, basically a inconvenience of using your hand to release the binding instead of a pole.

They climb way better then my Freerides, In deep trail breaking, with the forward pivot being well in front of the toe, as the ski is lifted to break trail the tip comes up first and the tail stays on the snow, No more plowing. I have somewhere near 100,000 vert climbed and skied and I dont want to go back to Freerides.
post #8 of 10
nidahoscott, thx for the feedback

one q for you though: are you comparing the naxos to the freerides as they come out-of-the-box, or as equipped with an aftermarket ($10) set of return springs (which for some odd reason come standard w/ the DIII, but not the DFR)?
post #9 of 10
Just Say no return springs. the tip lifts easier w/out the springs on the Freeride, the foot you are lifting is the rear foot, so if the heel is held tighter to the ski it makes the tip of the ski want to dive. I have found the only use for the return spring is kick turning and that is easily overcome w/ technique, practice and proper skin track. w/ wall to wall skin I rarely kick turn.
post #10 of 10
I'd just like to say,

Cocking lever.


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