Originally Posted by Robscapes
Interesting reading! thanks for the info.
I've never had the problem, but having recently purchased a ski with a Marker piston binding, you guys have been making me paranoid
unionbowler has a post here
that reassured me in using Marker Comp 1400's on my big-gnarly-holy-hella-you-falla-you-die-billygoatin' skis.
Basically, some people have said "well, I was maching on these bindings with high elasticity (eg. Look, Rossignol), and I hit this death cookie and I felt my toe move out of center, then snap back in. If I was on Markers I would have died as the ski 'pre-released'."
From what I read (and felt, I've skied both), if that person were on Markers at the same DIN, they would have cut the death cookie in half and not even felt it. The point is that Looks and Rossis increase the retention as you move away from center, but don't try very hard to keep you at center in the first place!
This leads to more of a "thwunk!" in the release, and less of a firm connection to your foot.
Markers, on the other hand, try very very hard
to keep you at center, then the retention will drop off the farther the toe is from center. This gives rise to more of a "snap!" in the release, and a greater connection to your foot.
This comparison is significant. Given the same DIN, it will take the same amount of energy to laterally release a Look/Rossi versus a Marker, but the release will feel different. As far as forward pressure, the Marker seems to be more sensitive to forward pressure, but less sensitive to variances in toe and heel height. The Look/Rossi systems seem to be the opposite.