^ those arent px bindings....
MY little marker story ....
I always thought the marker suck was just BS but I nevered owned a pair of them before..untill april of 06.
Just came out to snowbird and trying to freeski with maggots on 162cm Metrons, being horriably outguned by longer,straighter, fatter skis. Solution.
bought some 183cm gotama demos they came with marker bindings comp 14.0 to be excact. The skis rocked, they let me go so much faster than before and just bulldoze though any bit of weird snow. Then came a powder day.. The ski when kept to reasonable speed limit where doing awesome, but my first runs with the local TGR guys would be bad. First prerelease was in the cirque run out up nacho hill I hit a compression and my ski flys off. I keep it together and stop on one ski.
Next run silver fox everyone is charging, I am trying my best to keep up. Hit a ice bump under the new snow above rock chute. ski flys off but there is no saving it this time, I go tumbling down a large section of vertical lucky not to hit anything on silver fox.
I Din a 10.0 the ski were set at 10.0 forward pressure was set by a very knowledgeable shop, but there would still prerelease. I had the shop turn the din up to 13.0 and signed waiver saying they werent the cause of any injuries. The ski held on slightly better but would still prerelease on hard compressions at speed, just not as much. Now though they would come of in slow speed twisting falls. It was like playing russian roulet on the slopes.
This past season the bindings started to have very loose pieces tons of play, and they were recalled, my local shop replaced mine with non Demo Marker Comp 14.0. You would of thought the problems would of gone away, they didnt no being even a better skier than last year I was afraid to ski on my beloved Gotamas. I bascially didnt ski them for a month while I was out enjoying my PE with Px12tis.
I SAC another pair of Px12Tis for the gotamas and couldnt be happy with that binding, its stays on all the time except in hard falls. Transfers energy very efficiently to the ski, and overall has held up to my abuse.
The problem with non duke or jester consumer markers right is the biometric toe. Mounted flat on a ski(never had a problem with system skis), the toe upward release when ever the ski flexex deeply. For instance hitting a bump at speed, skiing powder fast, jumping off cliffs, and various other situations where the ski is decambered alot.
Marker itself is not a dumb company, they designed the P18 heel piece, and have 2 new binding coming out that should be bomber. The biometric toe piece IMO is probably safer for the average recreational skier, it release very easily, most people want that. But for me or for most on this board the risk of a fall at speed due to a binding releasing could mean injury or death. Just look at my how fast can i ski thread, no way in hell i would be going that fast on markers.
Before anyone brings up tons of pros ski on markers with no problem, first release pros skier get anything they want and those binding cant release upwards in the toes, its totally different designed but still marked "comp 14.0 or comp 16.0" When I took runs with ingrid here markers were not the consumer they werent even the race stock they were one off 14 din binding that marker makes for their factory riders.
remember I had no preconceived notions about marker my thoughts are based on personal experince.