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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So I've discovered that my feet pronate badly, and as a result, I'll be spending quite a bit more $ on boot fitting than I had budgeted. I find myself looking where I can save some, and I wonder if my 1994 bindings are up to the task.

Do the mounting systems for bindings work regardless of binding? For example, if I use my old bindings now, will I be able to switch to a new one next year? Secondly, are my old bindings worth reusing? Salomon 997 EXPs circa 94.

Let me know...
post #2 of 15
Oooh dawg that is kinda old. Not sure if a shop will even mt those for ya.

That being said I have skied on a setup representing 4 diff pairs of bindings. A diff heel and toe from 4 sets.

About $200 gets you a modern KA pair that will last for another 13 years. Amortized over 10 years, that is not bad.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Corren View Post
So I've discovered that my feet pronate badly, and as a result, I'll be spending quite a bit more $ on boot fitting than I had budgeted. I find myself looking where I can save some, and I wonder if my 1994 bindings are up to the task.

Do the mounting systems for bindings work regardless of binding? For example, if I use my old bindings now, will I be able to switch to a new one next year? Secondly, are my old bindings worth reusing? Salomon 997 EXPs circa 94.

Let me know...
I am going to make the assumption that you are talking about flat mount binding systems (non-integrated). Some bindings don't change hole patterns from year to year. Salomon still uses the same hole pattern for the Sth16 as your 997.

Is you old 997 worth reusing? I haven't looked at a binding indemnification chart for awhile. Salomon may have removed that binding from the list. If it is off that list, no shop will work with that binding. A question that you may want to ask yourself is, would you put a used suspension system on a new car? Basically your bindings make a suspension system. Give it some thought.

Dennis
post #4 of 15
If they were 997E's, I would say go with them, but the EXP's had the composite housing and personally, I wouldn't trust that after these years.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Sounds like 3 No's. Thanks for your opinions. I'll find something new that works with my budget.
post #6 of 15
Don't get system bindings. You lose the freedom of using your choice of binding on your choice of ski. Most are over-designed, patented designs, and don't cross over from brands or even models! They also are sloppier, heavier, and tend to have you either forward or back from your optimal setting.

Having said that, bindings are good for 4-5 years if you keep em clean and protected.
post #7 of 15
997 EXP is on the 07-08 Salomon indemnification list. A shop would mount it for you.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by ZOG View Post
997 EXP is on the 07-08 Salomon indemnification list. A shop would mount it for you.
My bet is they won't. Just because the binding is on the list it doesn't mean the shop is covered in all circumstances. If the binding has any signs it might not be safe (play, worn parts, dirty grease.....) all bets are off. Ergo, most shops around here won't touch a binding as old as the 997.
post #9 of 15
This sounds like a good deal on some good bindings:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=62861
post #10 of 15
Take your old skis with the 997s on them to your shop and get them tested. If it passes (which includes visual inspection, boot to binding, torque test, etc.) then you're all set.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by mortimer View Post
Take your old skis with the 997s on them to your shop and get them tested. If it passes (which includes visual inspection, boot to binding, torque test, etc.) then you're all set.
That will cost you $40-$50. You could spend a few more dollars and get the ones in the link, if they are still available.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
That will cost you $40-$50. You could spend a few more dollars and get the ones in the link, if they are still available.
Yeah, but then you're still paying for bindings on top of the mount. Nothing wrong with 997's at all. They were a great binding, and still are. I like them better than most stuff Salomon has out now.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Corren View Post
So I've discovered that my feet pronate badly, and as a result, I'll be spending quite a bit more $ on boot fitting than I had budgeted. I find myself looking where I can save some, and I wonder if my 1994 bindings are up to the task.

Do the mounting systems for bindings work regardless of binding? For example, if I use my old bindings now, will I be able to switch to a new one next year? Secondly, are my old bindings worth reusing? Salomon 997 EXPs circa 94.

Let me know...
These are EXCELLENT bindings. I actually have a pair of black 997 composites new in box that I am waiting to use....they are worth $60-80. Also have two pairs of 957 composites that are still going strong - I've skied them pretty hard with the din maxed out at 12, speed, hucks, etc. They are light, fairly strong and stiff....and better than ANY current 12 din salomon.

If they are are the driver version, I suggest removing the soft rubber pad underneath the AFD assembly (the metal part) and replacing it with a piece of plastic the same size. Then adjust the toe height so there is no play. This will stiffen the binding up and make it work very well on fat skis. I had the 957's on some 180 powder plus last year and they worked great, and on some 200cm nordica that I skied a bit early season this year. Also on some 195cm AK launchers. Solid binding.
post #14 of 15
Salomon's binding even LOOKED cooler back in the day. I'm not a big fan of the modded Quadrax look. I have a line on some 997 Comps - I should go jump on those...
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Highway Star View Post
These are EXCELLENT bindings. I actually have a pair of black 997 composites new in box that I am waiting to use....they are worth $60-80. Also have two pairs of 957 composites that are still going strong - I've skied them pretty hard with the din maxed out at 12, speed, hucks, etc. They are light, fairly strong and stiff....and better than ANY current 12 din salomon.

If they are are the driver version, I suggest removing the soft rubber pad underneath the AFD assembly (the metal part) and replacing it with a piece of plastic the same size. Then adjust the toe height so there is no play. This will stiffen the binding up and make it work very well on fat skis. I had the 957's on some 180 powder plus last year and they worked great, and on some 200cm nordica that I skied a bit early season this year. Also on some 195cm AK launchers. Solid binding.
My concern on those old EXP's is how the heels are going to hold up in time, the old Salomon plastics had a short life span.
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