I've read just about every page of every KneeBinding thread. I'm still a touch skeptical, but I desperately research because the stakes are high...if I can feel confident purchasing an item that protects my knees, why wouldn't I? I have healthy ACLs but my ENTIRE IMMEDIATE FAMILY has had an ACL reconstruction, as well as an uncle. I am just getting into skiing heavily and I'm looking to purchase the 13/14 model to put on my new pair of Volkl Kendos.
I was hoping for an update from some people on the subject. I've seen some claims of injuries among the forum posts, but have only seen one actually on this website. That person wasn't sure if it was the type of fall they are supposed guard against. Has anyone seen other injury reports? I saw someone (Skier72 I think? If you're still in on this subject, chime in :) please!) state that lack of good evidence of KneeBinding injuries could be due to lack of reporting. I take issue with that because there's just no way people buy KneeBindings and think it's some arbitrary name like Look, Rossignol, Marker or whatever. Therefore, my assertion is that if I went to the store / internet and bought a "KneeBinding" and was likely sold on its safety mechanism and then injured myself in a manner I thought I was protected, you can bet your last dollar I'd be raising hell on here or somewhere! For this reason, I refute Skier72's example of not reporting an injury with other equipment, therefore we can't trust the lack of KneeBinding data as evidence that they work. Several years after their introduction I'm still yet to see any number of claims against KneeBinding's safety.
So anyway...MAYBE they have a false positive feature. I'm willing to pay for it, whatever. The ONLY thing I'm concerned about now is whether they have any negatives: unusual amount of pre-releases etc. And that's where I wanted some more feedback. I'm sure the TUV subject will come up. I've emailed TUV and KneeBinding for more information. It seemed as if KneeBinding reps and defenders dodged the question or refused to provide proof. Then I would wonder why...is it an expensive certification? Is their average customer even going to know or give a ___ about that certification? Or did they flat out fail it multiple times after introduction of the product and stop trying? It's such a complex issue, especially when the primary players in this discussion have unclear motives and / or money on the line.
Any help is appreciated guys! I want to trust the KneeBinding so bad. But I do not want to further endanger myself by purchasing an unsafe product. I have a chance to purchase them at a price that is equal or lower to my next best Rossignol alternative. Even if you disregard their possible positive safety feature, is there enough good evidence of any other negatives to the binding that you would be afraid to purchase them? What would you do? I'm leaning towards the purchase.
Any help is appreciated.