I am 5'8" 150 lb expert skier who uses an 8.5 DIN settings. I recently mounted a set of Marker Griffons onto Nordica Enforcers (100). The boots are Technica Cochise with an alpine toe sole (not the Dynafit compatible toe sole). I do all my own binding work as I was a certified ski tech between '75 - '90. I have two issues with these bindings.
When the binding is set up with the correct forward pressure setting (FP adjustment screw flush with housing), the boots will not fit into the open binding. I have backed off the forward pressure a little bit (2-3 clicks) and now the boots are very tight in the binding. So tight that the boot will actually stick between the toe and the open heel piece. There is barely enough room to engage the boot into the binding. I know the Cochise is an alpine/AT boot but the boot sole conforms to DIN standards. Is this boot/binding phenomenon normal for other correctly adjusted Marker Griffons?
The second issue is as I step into the binding and attempt to engage it, it takes me a LOT of pressure to fully step in. My full body weight is not enough to engage the binding. I actually need to stomp on my ski to engage the heel. Stomping the ski is actually easy to do since the boot sticks into the binding. Is this normal for Griffons? I have skied for over 55 years and have NEVER encountered a binding that requires that much force to step into.
These two issues make getting into these bindings a PITA. While inconvenient at the base lodge, this could be problematic in powder or on steeps. Years ago, I have had to put a ski on in Corbet's. Not fun! These would be near impossible to put on there. In two days skiing on these bindings, I have no issues with performance as I rarely fall or release. Any feedback or thoughts on this issue is greatly appreciated. If this is normal Griffon behavior, I may need to find another binding.