Regarding the weight issue:I just mounted Neox 412 bindings on Atomic m10s / 164s. The weight seems to be more in the bindings than the ski. The empty ski was only slightly heavier that my previous Dynastar Speed SX / 178s.
It was the Neox bindings that accounted for the extra heft. I heard '06 Neox 412's are 400 grams lighter, but that is only .88lbs and not going to do much to lighten the load. Has anyone researched using lighter bindings to take some of the weight out of the M10/412 combo?