I've had 2 binding release failures this past winter. First one was with Marker bindings that were on a pair of demo 2014 Bushwackers. The bindings were adjusted by the demo shop rep at the ski resort. They adjusted the bindings while I was standing in the bindings. He set the bindings at 6.5. The bindings failed when I fell in chopped up powder. One ski got buried in the powder when I tried to turn. The right ski never released. I wasn't going fast.
The second failure was with my 4yr old Volkl TigerShark skis. A ski tip got stuck in a frozen rut, then the ski tail went straight up with me going forward and the binding never released. I wasn't going fast. These bindings were adjusted by a ski resort technician. he set the bindings at 6 after I told him that when set at 5 the bindings would pre-release when I skied steep crud.
Both times my right ankle was twisted. I don't trust the Markers anymore.
I'm an intermediate skier who skis every thing except trees but I don't ski fast.
So I bought a new pair of skis and need to buy bindings. Look Pivot bindings were recommended to me by a ski shop techie. He said while I don't need a high end BIN setting binding, the Pivot binding will provide better release protection than the Markers.
Is he correct? I don't fully trust shop techies anymore.
The new skis are Faction Prodigy . Demoed these skis twice , once in chopped up powder and once on Eastern hardpack. The skis are amazing. In the chopped up powder it was like riding in a Cadillac, and on the hardpack were easy to tip on edge and carve.