I'm upgrading my son, Jasper's Halfpipe Ski and bindings for the upcoming 2016 Rev Tour. I've looked at several bindings and asked a few pros in the Tahoe area what they recommend. So far there are 3 that are most often recommended. The Look Pivot, the Tyrolia AAAttack, and the Marker Griffon.
Jasper has been sporting the Marker Griffon for the last 2 yrs. It's a little heavy for a kid, but is a super-solid binding except for one annoying and scary design flaw. The ski brakes catch in the snow on switch landings and snap. Most importantly, the ski falls off, and the skier crashes. (Sorry, we just can't have that be the reason he doesn't score, or, most importantly, why he gets injured.) Luckily, there is a fix. Bending the wings of the ski brake up and in, so they don't catch. This makes the binding temperamental, causing the brake to rub against the ski edge when stepping in and out. This can be a slight frustration in that wet, sticky type of snow. That's when I see Jasper stomping up and down on his ski repeatedly just to get it working properly. This frustrates the skier right when they need to be calmly focusing on the job at hand, and it also doesn't do the longevity of the ski or binding any good. The other problem is the passing of the danger associated with this problem from the skier to the spectators and judges at the bottom of the Pipe. (With the brakes bent up, they sometimes won't stop the ski.) It's difficult to gain the favor of the judges in a halfpipe comp. when you just crashed on your first run, and sent a missile down the pipe into the judges booth. (Luckily, this doesn't happen too often. The ski usually tries to turn itself sideways while running away.) Any way you look at it, this SUCKS!
We're looking into the other 2 bindings to see if others have complaints or kudos for them.
Reviewers, please chime in with your thoughts and experiences with these other bindings as well as more info on the Griffon. If you have another, better binding in mind, tell us why.