I'm narrowing in on the skis I'd like to buy (looks like Blizzard Latigo), now I'm thinking about bindings. The last time I bought skis was at least 10 years ago, and there was no choice to make on the bindings, as they were not flat skis and I had to get the bindings that went with them.
I'm around 5'9", 200 lbs. I'm going with a ski length of 170cm because I'll happily sacrifice stability / speed when carving for the ability to make faster turns in the bumps. I got new boots a couple of years ago and my feet are very happy with them.
Though I'm almost 50, I'm still a fairly aggressive skier. I live in the Syracuse, NY area and ski regularly at the small places around here. We usually take one trip out west each year. Heading to Salt Lake City in a few weeks and will ski some combination of Snowbird, Alta and Solitude. I love a nice single black diamond bump run at any of those places. I like to play around through the trees. Powder is fun, but I don't get a whole lot of practice on it at home, so it is not a priority. I'll ski the groomers to get to where I want to go in the morning and at the end of the day when my legs have had enough.
Other than making sure that the din setting goes high enough (12 or 13 for me?) what else should I be looking for in a binding? I assume safety-wise they all have to be about the same to keep the lawyers at bay. I can see durability being a concern with the type of skiing I like to do. I see that a lot of folks like the Marker bindings (Griffin / Jester), so maybe I should just pick one of those and fork over the $$, but I thought I'd at least ask the questions.