Next years axis XR could have a version of an epb's plate on it, i know race stock k2's from a fews years ago all had the epb's 1.3cm plate ont hem but they were branded K2 race lifters or something like that...
In my opinion the free flex plates and systems are the way to go. Both of my salomon race skis have free flex plates on them and they are the best skis i have ever skied on as far as edgehold and making a nice round carved turn. I have not tried the pilot or the motion systems as of yet but based on my experience on the hangl race plate from salomon the pilot system must ski quite nice. The hangl plate is salomon's race version of a pilot type system. In my opionion the plate has many advantages over the pilot for racing but i would never want to free ski the plate because of its weight and desire to carve constantly; but it rips when carving. I also feel that ski companies are building these systems because they do in fact work. A rossignol ski with a pps plate and an axial binding is going to work much better than a rossignol ski with a pps plate and a marker binding, simply because the plate was built for the rossignol axial binding. If your concern is about binding reliability then i would say that you cant buy a bad binding from any manufacturer these days because of the legal consequesnces that they would face if thier company was building bindings that did not work. Grandted you may prefer some bindings to others but that doesnt make all other bindings bad, and it certainly doesnt mean that a motion system is bad because it only will allow marker bindings. the system was designed for markers,a dn therefore if you tried to use any other bindings first of all it wont work but even if it did you would find a lacking performance i believe.
Systems like the pilot prefer to be on edge because of the very nature of the system. The crossmax has the plastic or rubber spacers under the binding to reduce but not cancel out the pilot effect, it is designed to give a more aggressive feel underfoot, which from the testimony of other people here is what it does. I plan to ski on some of these for a weekend sometime soon so i know how they compare to the hangl plate.
I like the idea of the integrated systems, but i dont think i would like to see the pilot system put into salomon race skis... It seems like a good free ride system or free skiing system but deffinitly not a system that could be raced on. Volkl has 2 designs for these systems: One is the motion and the other is the piston plate which will be used on their race skis next year. I talked with the head eastern race rep for volkl the other day and he said that marker and volkl teamed up to build the piston plate for their skis which is a race lifter with the piston built into it slightly similar to the energy rail i guess... I dont know too much about it but the skis he was on (P50 GS) seemed to work pretty well... (he was a damn fast skier). Two types of these systems seems to be the way to go, one for racing and one for free skiing. Salomon has the poxeraxe sl and hangl plates as well, which as both excellent freeflex systems that require salomon bindings. The systems seem to be an advantage over a traditional ski and binding set up... the best way to guage it would be to ski them back to back... try the G3 and then try the vertigo motion and such... I think its the wave of the future for skis, almost lile there were people who thought shaped skis would not catch on... there will be oponents of this change but in this case it is for the better.
ps. i like the idea of switching bindings from ski to ski.... somebody patent that idea (whoever thought of it)...