Originally Posted by mtbakerskier
Sounds like most people that you tour with are not skiing that hard then.
His bindings are not broken, nor where they mounted incorrectly. The problem is that if you flex the ski too much they will switch to tour mode. Ive seen it hapen multiple times.
I also ski with a few people who seem to be pretty capable and I've
never seen it happen with Freerides under what I would consider to be fairly normal skiing conditions.
So maybe the question should be:
"I'm a regular, advanced-maybe-even-somewhat-expert skier who doesn't jump off enormous clliffs and hasn't yet been asked to star in an MSP movie. I would like to buy a pair of bindings that will allow me to tour AT and ski at a resort. Would you recommend the Freeride or the Naxo?"
My answer would be:
Magazine reviews were raving about the Naxo two (or three?) seasons ago when it first came out. Threads started to appear on Telemark Tips and TGR and *even* on EpicSki about breakage problems in the early models. Those reports were dismissed as "poor mounting" or "bad plastic run" or whatever. It later turned out that the breakage was fairly widespread and there actually was a problem. Changes, improvements, and modifications have been made. Maybe now it actually is superior in every way to the Freeride.
You know what? If I were buying a pair of AT bindings this season for regular AT/resort skiing, I would buy the Freeride or a Dynafit. I'd wait another season to see if this
iteration of the Naxo is as bomber as they were saying it was two or three versions ago.