Hey scream rider...Got off my ass and got the reviews done. Hope these help.
Testing was done in Kananaskis last week where conditions were a little marginal in some areas but I was able to put the bindings through different terrains and through all the motions.
I tested the Naxo 01's on a pair of Maden Ak's which is the set up I finally went with. I tested the Free rides on a pair of Seth pistols from last year.
This is my first AT binding to which I graduated from alpines. It was a nice change not having to drag the weight of an alpine binding around all day. The Naxo 01 binding performs extremely well. No unintentional releases, although I had to increase the DIN setting slightly over my normal setting to get the same release pressure of my alpine bindings. I've skied these on ice, bumps, powder and steeps with great results. I notice a bit less response from input when initiating turns, but it is very slight. The simplicity of adjustments is great with a lot of thought having gone into the resistance of snapping the elevators through their different positions. These are a breeze to adjust with a ski pole. The climbing position is very neutral although the forward location of the main pivot makes it hard to step sideways with the heel unlocked, and very hard to regain your feet if your skins slip while climbing leaving you on your toes. However it's a small price to pay overall.
Another review done by an outside source.
I have both the 04 Naxo and 04 Freeride bindings on different pairs of skis. Each is durable, well constructed, and functions very well in alpine mode. However, the Naxo stands alone in touring mode and ease of use. Gone is the "tromp-clack" of other AT bindings. The stride is smooth and natural, enabling a true glide. Entry and manual exit require minimal force and the binding centers the boot perfectly. One minor criticism: the boot length scale and its adjustment mechanism appear to have been designed by committee. The scale is in 4mm increments whereas most boot soles are sized in 5mm increments. A true 320mm boot sole reads 324mm on the adjustment scale. And because the adjustment mechanism is not continuous but jumps in 4mm increments, a correct forward pressure setting is all but impossible.
Here is a picture of my set up I have decided to go with.http://www.radicalridge.com/maden.htm
I will add the info about the skins I'm using next post.