First off, go with the Rossignol Axial binding. I own recent models of Marker, Salomon & Rossignol on various skis and I'm extremely impressed with the two sets of Rossignol Axial bindings I got last year. The charts say I should set my DIN to 8.5 but I ski one pair of Rossi's at 7 & another at 7.5 and never have experienced a prerelease (I wish I could say that about another brand I own that is set on 8.5).
The big issue is which Axial binding to get. First you have to decide between a 100, 120 & 140 model which have a max DIN of 10, 12 & 14. One theory is to get the cheapest model which still has a max DIN above your DIN setting so the 100 model would work for most people. Personally, I don't like to be at the top of DIN setting for my bindings so I bought the 120 model & I think its a good choice for most advance male skiers.
Next, you have to decide whether you want a model with a T-Plate or not. The plate will give you more lift and improve carving on harder snow. The downside is the higher lift is not always wanted off-piste or in moguls. Personally, I would go with the plate because the on-piste performance improvements far outweight any downside off-piste.
[ October 18, 2002, 05:25 AM: Message edited by: Rio ]