I'm fed up with incompatible ski-binding mount systems and limited choices of bindings. Please post your best/worst examples of hole systems that have (/have not) lasted many years, and are (/are not) broadly applicable across multiple vendors.
If you take issue with my premise, please read the rest of my post. Otherwise, let's give praise where it is due, and also call out the villains!
Background: I have some older Atomic skis I like, but the Atomic heel pieces have split open in a way that is not consistent with the recall on those models. But I still want to use those skis as rock skis for a few more years. Basically there is nothing available without a lot of searching, and if I do buy new bindings they will be useless for any future skis. (So, in my limited experience the Atomic race line is worse than the Volkl/Marker lineup in terms of years of compatibility.)
Obviously the solution is a standard hole layout, but equally obviously the manufacturers want to lock us into buying their proprietary system, and a whole new set of skis and bindings when anything goes wrong.
Some say just go with flat mount, but that does not make remounting easy, and re-drilling often means having to shift things to avoid previous holes. Threaded inserts make way more sense.
Why should I care so much about bindings? They are the safety system, and I do not want one of dozens of newly imagined versions that come out each year. I want a stable, conservative piece of equipment that is perfected and improved over the seasons. Sure, we'd still have an indemnified list, but it would not implicate skis.
If I want a lighter binding, or a metal indestructible one, or a DIN range that works for multiple family members, or specific release characteristics for my previously injured knee, or retention characteristics that minimize the chances of hitting a tree, then I should be able to get the best binding for my needs and put it on my skis.
Today we are sold skis but pretty much have to take whatever they give us in terms of compatible bindings. And past and future compatibility is barely considered.
Enough of my rant. So tell us, who deserves praise or criticism in this area?