Alaska Mike and L7 have got the facts sorted out for you, so here is some more opinion. If you're going for an Atomic binding, I agree that the Ride 4.12 is the one. I use them on a pair of R10.20 and they seem fine. Sometimes I wonder if less lift would make the ski easier in firm rough conditions, other than that I don't think about it which I take to mean that the amount of lift is working well. And I have had a couple of heel pre-releases so this season will be trying the suggestion of winding up the forward pressure slightly.
What I LOVE about these bindings is the Varizone - I use it all the time and it makes a significant and useful difference to the ski's handling. I use 3 of the 4 positions in roughly equal proportions depending on the hill I'm at and the conditions that day. Its so easy to use, sometimes I'll move it just for a couple of runs on a different part of the mountain. To me it means one less thing to think about - once I've found the optimum position for the conditions I can get on with skiing without wondering if I would be having more fun if the bindings had been mounted in a different (fixed) position. Some people probably never think about this anyway, but I used to, so it helps. I wish all bindings had this feature.
I also use Salomon and Look. They all have their good and not so good points. I do think there's something to be said for choosing a binding that is a good aesthetic match for the ski, so this is a legitimate (but small) factor in the decision process. Look good => feel good => ski good. So I'm putting Fritschi Diamirs on my new R9.22s, Look turntables on my Bandit XX, and duct tape on the rip in my pants
grum[ May 29, 2003, 05:15 PM: Message edited by: grum ]