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Word of warning: don't buy LINE bindings

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I bought the line Reactor 12 (new model) bindings recently with a new pair of line Mike Nick Pro skis. While I knew in advance they were heavy, it didn't really strike my how heavy until I had to carry them around over a w/e. That is not the real problem, however. First off, I was having pre-release stomping jumps, similar to problems I have had with Marker bindings in the past. This caused me to start tightening the DIN setting (I know this is not clever but pre-release on jumps is a real problem for a park ski). Another annoying problem was the tendency for the boot to get stuck in the open binding when taking the ski off. Finally, I have since read that there is a structural problem in the toe, which can cause them to break at low temperatures and as a result, certain stores refuse to carry them. The final result? I have sprained my ankle due to too high DINs (lucky my boot was a bit loose or I think I would have torqued the knee). LINE- love the skis, hate the bindings.
post #2 of 8
Sounds like your bindings were improperly adjusted to your boot sole... if you experience both prerelease and your boot getting caught in the binding, then they were adjusted too short and were probably exerting too much force on the heel or toe. Either way, wrenching the DINs up is the wrong way to go about these things. I know 3 friends with line bindings, and the weight is the only thing ive ever heard them complain of. plus the brakes fold up out of the way, so they bend a whole lot less than the brakes on other bindings in the park.
post #3 of 8
Agreed. Sounds like your forward pressure was off. The reason I don't like Line bindings is the ski-binding interface looks fundamentally weak and badly engineered with 4 screws so close together right at the center.
post #4 of 8
Agree about the forward pressure... My take on the Line bindings is that they've got a great idea, but need a few seasons at least to refine it. Folks who buy the Reactor bindings now are going to be guinea pigs for a company that is totally new to the science of ski binding design and manufacture.:
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
The bindings were set by an authorised dealer with my boot present. I will check again though. It could be they moved since purchase. I am bit wary of the method these bindings adjust, with just a flip of a switch. I also agree on the brakes being in the way...
post #6 of 8
Ever notice that you can wiggle the toe and heel of a Reactor back and forth 3-5 millimeters even after the binding is fastened to the ski?

That translates to several centimeters of slop at the tip and tail. I think most of us would rather have more control than that over our skis.

The tiny four-bolt mount is a bad design, and the binding will be heavy and suck until Line figures that out.
post #7 of 8
Agree totally with jlb and spatters, those four screws scare the be-jeebers out of me.
post #8 of 8

binding interface slop?

Well the 4-screw mounting pattern is hardly unique to LINE.

Consider the Spruce Mountain Riser or known carving plates such as Vist Carvers.

Have any of you tried alternative narrow-mount spot designs? Is it possible that the trouble is merely in the HeliCoil/machine screw coupling, that something with more clamping force is needed?
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