Perhaps the question should be- If I were to mount demo bindings on my extra skis, which are best? I don't have any p-12 demos in the box, I do have some Rossi 105FTX (only go to 10) and some Tyrolia SR Demo(din 12) with a 20mm plate. Lift was a concern; the Tyrolia and the Speedpoint put the boot a full 30mm from the deck of the ski. The Rossi is 20mm front and 30 back. The Marker 1300's I was planning to switch out are about 25mm from the deck (I'm using a ruler, so this is approx.)
The goal was to switch bindings without substantially altering the feeling of the ski- nobody has mentioned the piston control. Truth is, I never bothered to try it in the "off" position last season. Once, on the chair on a big crud day, I noticed one was switched on and one off - don't know how long it had been that way. Didn't notice anything different.
Anyway, I've been fooling around with these Dynastars- I picked up the 8000's last season, nearly new with the marker 1300s and liked them so much that early summer got a pair of 8800's with the speedpoints- both quite cheap, both used about a week. The speedpoints seem quality, just looking at them, so I thought I could put them on the 8000's too, hopefully without scewing them up, performance wise..
I can only ski one pair at a time, and I've got Volkls and Sollis as my primary skis. The idea of having skis for visiting friends is that waiting in line at the shop sucks, on a powder day is nuts and the good skis are gone anyway, it costs extra money, etc. Most of my friends don't ski that often so don't have up to date gear ( 'cept boots). They're all lapsed expert skiers, for the most part, about a level 8+ ( sounds like me). So what it really comes down to is if not the Speedpoints, what's the best demo binding to put on these babies, if any? I'm a good scrounger, and I can call around the Wasatch shops and find almost anything. Thanks.
Kiwi- these bindings are not on the recall list. thanks.