I personally like the the idea/concept of an intgegrated ski/binding system or anything else designed as a system. And of course every ski manufacturer wants to sell you thier skis, bindings, boots, poles, clothes etc. The way I see it as a consumer I win. They want me to buy thier stuff so they are going to try to one up the competition. Bottom line is today we can buy better skis then we could yesterday.
I have owned three Salomon Pilot 10 skis.
2000- Orange ones. 192's. foam core,soft, bendy not too stable.
2001- Green ones. 186's. wood core, liked it much better.
2003- xtra hots. 175's. space frame, wood and foam, new Pilot design. Nice even flex pattern the whole length of the ski. This ski rocks. Does everything well. 82mm underfoot but very quick edge to edge. I beleive it is because of the lateral pin connecting the binding to the ski. Better energy transfer.