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What to look for in bindings...

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So I asked for help figuring out what ski's to sample out west and got some pretty decent responses. Although I am still lost in the vast number of choices I have for skis I am even more lost when it comes to bindings...

What should I look for in a binding? What are some good ones? Will the ski I pick heavily influence the binding that is mounted?

Also, a little bit unrelated, but I've looked on ebay and seen some bindings there mounted on skis, how do I tell if it's a demo binding that is adjustable or one that is going to be mounted permanantly to my boot? Should I buy online or am I just best off purchasing in a shop? I know a shop would be more expensive, but would I really save all that much from buying online?

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From your question I deduce you're at a stage where all bindings are created equal, more or less. Some rules of thumb:

1) Lighter is better, but costs more if you're into titanium. Salomons and Fischer/Tyrolias are known for their lightness, Atomics and Lines for their heaviness (say 5 lbs vs. 7 lbs.) Unless you plan to switch bindings and skis in a couple of years, look for as much metal or carbon as possible. Plastic toepiece wings are especially problematic.

2) You can buy a good binding that's new, but several years old at a site like Al's Ski Barn, since designs change a lot slower than with skis. They will mount for free (all they need is your boot sole in mm) if you also buy a ski from them, and they ship for free. I've also had good luck with bindings being mounted by e-stores such as Ski Trader and Ski Depo. In all cases you'll want to have them checked/set by a qualified tech before you ski.

3) Some bindings have reputations for being safer on knees, sometimes at the risk of releasing a touch earlier than you'd like. Marker and Tyrolia, for instance. Others are especially known for elasticity, thus don't prerelease if in bumps, park, air. Look/Rossi for instance. Many backcountry types swear by Salomons because they're light and tought. But they're all excellent these days.
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