Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
I've been working in the industry a long time, and I've never seen anything from any manufacturer that recommended that bindings not be set anywhere on the scale. The only people who have ever recommended that to me are sales people trying to move me to more expensive equipment. No wholesale rep has ever told me that. They often recommend bindings that put me near the high end of the scale.
My experience has been that top line bindings all work fine, regardless of whether they go to DIN 8 or DIN 16, and that includes some junior race bindings. Most low line and rental bindings don't work nearly so well, especially on hard snow.
Good post Bode,
Whiteroom, I have sat through many binding certification seminars over the years. None of them ever told me what to sell to customers, my shop owner did. I really do know the difference in binding technology and can tell the different features that a racing binding has over a lower din model. It is not bad advice to tell our readers that a binding whether it's a 110 rossi, a 140 rossi or a marker racing or a marker whatever. If the din number setting for you is 8, technically, they will all release at 8 reguardless if they cost 120$ or 350$, reguardless of the trinkets and bells and whistles they have.
Where do you get off telling me or anyone else here that that is bad advice, I take objection to that sir. I am not telling anyone here you are giving bad advice. If you feel it's safer for someone to spend 350$ for a more technically designed binding with more features, that's up to the individual. I am saying that they don't have to when a less expensive binding will do the same job just as safely. How is that bad advice?
Binding manufactures could not put out on the market, a binding that will not perform to the industry safety specs.
For the record, my everyday skis have rossi 140 axial bindings set at 8.5
My Powder backcountry skis have rossi 120 axial bindings set at 0 right nowbut I usually set them at 10 or max during ski season. I could have put 140's on my powder skis too but the 120's are more than adequate for my needs.
I'm not recommending anyone do anything they feel is against their better judgement. I am stating that many people spend more money on a binding than they need to. For most of the skiers out there a regular binding will do just as nicely as a racing binding will, and safely. And, save you money too.
That's good advice, not bad.