Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
I don't know an expert who skis at their recommended DIN regardless of brand.
I am an expert skier. I can (and do) ski below my recommended DIN on Looks. I skied Las Lenas this summer on 6.5 DIN. I have never had a prerelease.
On both recent generations of Salomon (S900, S912), I had prereleases above my recommended DIN.
I will not ski on Line bindings. The release mechanism is sound, but try this:
-Find one mounted on a ski. Wiggle the plate left and right. You'll notice several degrees of slop, which translates to several centimeters of movement at the tip of the ski. Personally, I need to know where my skis are pointed.
-Push the brakes in, like there's a boot in the binding. Pivot the heel like you've released the binding. Let the brakes down. Notice how they're caught on the ski? Oops!
I will also not ski on Marker bindings. As was mentioned above, their focus is on release, not retention, through the lowest possible elastic travel. I believe this is wrong and dangerous, because you have two choices: always lose a ski in any doubtful situation, or crank the bindings down to an unsafe DIN and risk knee injuries. There are many other problems that result from this flawed approach, including oversensitivity to forward pressure, possibility of popping the heel out without a binding release in counterflex situations, and oversensitivity to snow on the boot.
Look/Rossi turntables are currently the best bindings out there. Tyrolia HD/LD/FF (not the SLD, which are too cheap and flexible) and Look step-ins are good. Anything else besides a Salomon 916 ranges from suboptimal to dangerous.