Originally Posted by newfydog
Naxos from 2003-2004 were always breaking. I think they fixed them. There's a whole website on how to tell the old ones from the newer ones.
I have a pair of each. The Naxo has better elasticity at the toe, is very slightly heavier, and feels a bit better on flat terrain. . Fritschi seems to have a bit less lateral play, though some develop up and down play at the heel.
Both are good bindings, I would say the Naxo is about 5% better.
I orginally posted this at another site:
I just got a pair of the new Naxo NX21's today. After the problems that I have had about the last two versions, I was pleasently suprised to see the changes made to the new bindings. Many of you will remeber the problems that I experienced with voids in the plastic of the previous versions. However after inspecting the new model it is safe to say that this problems should be remidied.
I'll let you do your own research on the basic differences between the NX21 and the standard Naxo's but the following is a review of the changes to there basic design based upon my inspection of them.
1. The toe piece arms are way befier than before.
2. Metal spring housing covers.
3. The metal rails that run under the boot are now closed, making them significantly less pron to twisting and flex induced by torsion on them.
4. Redesignd climbing bail, locks into place in a much more secure fasion, and apears to be more stout.
5. Ski mode lock mechanism took a minute to figure out, but it apears that it will defintly prevent the binding from accidentaly going into lock mode. This is nice added cofidence, however it will take a bit longer to switch into touring mode.
6. The bolts used in the front mechanism are now easier to adjust with tools that I would normally cary in my backcountry kit. I.E. a leatherman, so if thy do become loose it is now possible to tighten them in the field.
7. The Heel release lever was redesigned!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the single bigest problem that I had with the other versions. But it apears to have been fixed!
I Since I don't have a pair of the old versions in front of me, I am kind of going by memory, but it looks like the improvements to the release lever will solve the problems that I encounter with voids in the old design. It appears to me that there is thicker and more consistent wall cross-sections. This will improveme the plastics flow path when the binding is molded, and should eliminate most voids, and problems with the plastics flow fronts providing the resin is adequately dried. In addition to decreasing the problems with voids that caused my old bindings to fail, this new design appears to be a heck of a lot sturdier.
8. I tried out both my Salomon course boots and the Garmont Adrenalins, both would step into the bindings just fine. The only thing I noticed with the Adrenalins is that at higher din values, the rubber sole compresses to much to over power the spring, preventing step in. However this isn't a huge deal, and most people probably wont notice it at all. EDIT: I talked with BCA today, and supposedly this is only a issue at warmer temps, since the rubber soles are softer, than they would be at normal skiing temps.
Overall I am very impresed with the cahnges to the Naxo's and for those of us that want a bomber AT setup, this apears to be it! I gota give BCA props for listening to its consumers and making sure the needed improvemnts to the produt that they carry was implemented. These guys really do have there shit together, and have done a great job of standing behind the product that they cary and making sure that those of us that had problems with the older versions where taken care of. There needs to be more companies like them.
P.S. this was a pair that was replaced do to problems with my last pair and is not product that was given to me. So this should hopefully be a unbiased intial review.