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Bindings for 03 Volant Machete Soul

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
These skis have 12mm riser plates that appear (from the pictures I can see) to be drilled for binding installation.

I need to buy bindings for them. How do I know what bindings fit? What bindings will work best?

If someone could link me to a pair of $130 or less bindings that will be a good fit for this ski I will be very appreciative
post #2 of 10
Unless they're used, these skis won't be pre-drilled -- hence, use whatever binding you like. This ski should be narrow enough so any regular binding brake will fit.

-Karl
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
http://www.summitonline.com/42636.html
How about these? Will these be a good match for the skis?
post #4 of 10
They'll work -- they're bindings. I don't know what you mean by "a good match." Will they fit ? Yes. Will you like them ? Dunno. Will they cover your DIN setting ? Dunno.

IMHO, Salomon makes quality bindings. Further IMHO, you can get a better binding for $130 than that one. (Or look for a less-expensive binding that will provide equal quality.)

Check out sportsliquidator.com for some deals.

-Karl
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by El Chupacabra
They'll work -- they're bindings. I don't know what you mean by "a good match." Will they fit ? Yes. Will you like them ? Dunno. Will they cover your DIN setting ? Dunno.

IMHO, Salomon makes quality bindings. Further IMHO, you can get a better binding for $130 than that one.
Such as? I can't seem to find much in the range between $79 and $149 besides the S810 and the Marker M1100.

I would appreciate a specific suggestion.
post #6 of 10
If you can wait (i.e. don't need them ASAP), you can pick up excellent deals on bindings. Example: earlier this year, I got Look P12 bindings from sportsliquidator.com for about $120, including shipping.

For intermediate-level bindings, check local sports stores (weekend ads) -- places like Garts/ Sports Authority, and your local skis shops (if any), should be able to provide you bindings under $100 that will suit your needs.

Another way of putting it: you really aren't going to find any "bad" bindings, so long as they are reasonably current. Stick with new ones, from 2002+ to feel more comfortable with your choice.

Depending on your DIN requirements, either of these might work fine for you:

http://www.rei.com/outlet/category/22000422.htm?

-Karl
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
What would make the Look P12 bindings better than the Axiums you linked to and, therefore, worth spending more money on?

I'm a pretty good skier and intend to push these skis hard and ski hard in the next few years. I will spend the extra money on a binding that's superior. I just need to know what to get, yet I'm still clueless.
post #8 of 10
Rossi bindings are rebranded Look bindings with slightly different housings. Less expensive too.
post #9 of 10
The Look/Rossi pivot bindings use a different heelpiece (rotates) than the non-pivot ones (find an image online; they look totally different). The Look/Rossi non-pivot bindings are comparable to other brands' bindings; regular-style heelpiece. The pivot ones are considered to be sturdier than most other bindings on the market (save for metal race bindings), and have quite a bit of elasticity (will allow boot to move out, then pop back into place, without releasing). Drawback is that they weigh more.

Other factors you should consider:

- your height & weight
- terrain you like to ski on (blue/black, moguls, jumps, park/pipe, powder, etc)

These will assist you in determining what DIN level you need. I would recommend you have a shop assist you in setting your DIN level.
post #10 of 10
I did the same as you earlier this season and picked up some of the volants, and matched up some atomic 6-14's on them and really liked them. One thing you should remember is that with an online purchase you need to get those suckers mounted and that will cost you atleast 30 to 50 bucks, while if you buy them at a store you can often get them to do it for less or free. I ended up paying around 160 for my 2003 atomics on close out compared to the 80 bucks they where selling on ebay. But with the shipping and installation the cost is really the same.

K
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