Originally Posted by Noodler
OK - you can't just leave the "cheesy" comment and the release test issues "hanging" out there without some backup and additional info. Please elaborate.
Well, I really don't know what else to say. I don't put much faith in gut feelings myself, so I wouldn't expect anyone else to put faith in my gut reactions. Like I said, I haven't tested thousands of them...maybe just a hundred or two. It seemed that there were a lot of awkward or failing results in there, but again I wouldn't put any stock in that being indicative of a larger trend.
As to them being "cheesy", thats completely a personal feeling that I have. There is a detent when you turn the DIN screws, and each quarter turn is marked by a very sketchy sounding tin-like noise and very to judge movement of the indicator. The indicators seem to have a lot of lash in them, which is not necessarily of any actual consequence except for a wee more care being needed to set them up. Also, the metal tracks that hold the floating bindings together are at least as thin as the ones that often bend in the old Atomic binding design. Furthermore, it seems the material they use for the covers is fairly susceptible to getting trashed quickly.
I've spent very little time skiing in them, so this is all based on my experiences pulling them out of boxes and mounting/testing them, and testing used models. Its possible that they merely take weight more seriously than most...it'd be interesting to see how heavy they are compared to similar models from other manufacturers.
Your mileage will probably vary.