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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am new to the forum and was looking on some information on people's experiences with demo bindings.  I am considering picking up a slightly used pair of skis that are mounted with Marker Griffon Demo bindings.  Overall, I know that you typically sit about 1/8" higher on demo bindings and I am curious if people really can tell the difference.  Does someone have experience that can provide some pros / cons?

 

A little background to help.  I am 5'11" and about 190lbs.  I am a very good skier, but don't consider myself an "expert".  I can pretty much ski anything on the mountain.  I grew up skiing at Squaw.  I typically logged about 20+ days a year between 5 and 25 years old.  I tapered back as life got in the way. 

 

I am finally in a position to ramp back up and bought a season pass for the first time in many years.  I am 40 years old now, so not nearly as aggressive as I used to be in my teens and 20s, but still like steep, bumps, and powder. 

post #2 of 10

If it's a good price, don't let the demo bindings stop you. For one thing, you know going in you won't have to remount them, and if you sell them, they won't have to be remounted then, either. The difference of a few millimeters stand height is negligible. The difference in your physical height from your first run to your last run is probably greater (you shrink as the day goes on, due to your spine and skeleton compressing against gravity). 

post #3 of 10

Demo bindings might be a few grams heavier, again, not a problem.  Do get the bindings lubed and checked at a good shop.

post #4 of 10

There is no stance height difference between the regular griffon & demo bindings. 

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

There is no stance height difference between the regular griffon & demo bindings. 

Yes there is. It's not much, but it is taller, the plate under the toe raises the toe (the demo Griffon has a track under the toe as well as the heel, the consumer Griffon does not), so the plate under the heel is also raised a bit to keep the stock delta. Look at the heel track on a demo, it is visibly taller than a 'regular' track. It's easy to see.

 

Demo bindings also all have more moving parts which means slightly more 'slop', not something that matters but it can get worse with wear. 


Edited by Whiteroom - 11/5/15 at 7:09am
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the help!!!  It sounds like I should not shy away just because of the demo bindings.

post #7 of 10
All of my skis have griffin demos. You will not notice the difference between them and the "regular" Griffions
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
 

Demo bindings might be a few grams heavier, again, not a problem.  Do get the bindings lubed and checked at a good shop.

 

It is always imperative to be well-lubed. Thumbs Up

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Fisheyes View Post
 

Thank you for the help!!!  It sounds like I should not shy away just because of the demo bindings.

For demo bindings, you can't do much better than the Marker Griffon/ Jester or the Tyrolia Attack. You will be happy with them*, I am sure.

 

 

 

 

* but there are differences between demo and consumer bindings, the performance difference is negligible, but they do exist. Then again, the convenience gained with adjustable bindings out weighs any performance loss for most folks.

post #10 of 10

the only difference between demo and regular consumer binding I see.. that demo binding have a little bit more parts (moving parts), so condition is always an issue.

If demo binding is in good shape and nothing shaking.... NO problemo, no difference, go for it.

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