My turn to wade into the fro...
I have been skiing exclusively on Markers since 1979. Since then I have skied over 4000 days on them, free skiing, bump comps, pro racing, coaching, and teaching. And as any who knows me can attest, I am not easy on my equipment. I demand that it perform at it's best at all times. And with extremely few exceptions, I have had no problems with them.
Occasionally, I skied Looks, I skied Salomon, I skied Tyrolia. I even tried a few with are no longer in existence. None of them performed as well as Markers.
As a technician, I find that most skiers who complain about their bindings fall into 2 categories.
1)- Those who do not know enough about their equipment to adjust and maintain it properly.
2)- Those that select inappropriate bindings for the type of use they are subjected to.
For those in category 1-.
I pre-flight my airplane thoroughly every time I fly it, even if I flew just an hour earlier!
How often do you check the settings on your bindings? Or the wear of the boot, affecting the interface with the binding?
Personally, I check my binding about every 3-4 times I use them. And it's not uncommon for me to find one that has shifted a bit due to the strain I place on them. Vibration, flexing hundreds(if not thousands) of times a day, etc. These can all cause a binding to get out of adjustment.
For those in category 2-.
At many of the ski sales that I work every fall, one of the strangest groups of buyers is the one which will spend good money on good skis and boots, then go to the binding booths and ask for the best binding under $50.
We laugh under our breath, for these people state they are advanced/ experts, are 200+ #, and stand better than 6'. And they want to buy a binding, mostly plastic, made for a 100# intermediate who might ski 5 times a season. It's a joke!
Your bindings are the only piece of safety equipment you take on the hill with you, except maybe a helmet. But so often buyers tend to scrimp on this most important item!
Somebody earlier in this thread said, "Go with what works for you" (paraphrasing).
I do agree with that. Regardless of what binding you choose, make sure it's a decision your psyche can live with. If you don't have confidence in your equipment, you will always hold back a little, causing your enjoyment to suffer!
Now, as always, I will come clean-. I do work for Marker. I have been offered good money to ski for brands other than I am currently on, but my peace of mind and my physical health keep me on the straight and narrow. Their money isn't that much better, and to date, I can honestly say that I have never been injured due to a binding malfunction. It's always been pilot error!