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Look Pivot 12 Bindings for Wife's Dynastar Exclusive Legend Powder Ski?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've just purchased the Exclusive Legend Powder skis for my wife. I've got a new pair of Look Pivot 12's that I thought would be a nice match for the ski. Any thoughts?

Relevant info:
Ski: 158 cm
Weight: Approx 105lbs
Boot Size: 6 (not sure of mondo equiv.)
Ability: Expert (though not aggressive)
post #2 of 12
Great binding but more than she needs at her size.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Does "more than she needs" mean dangerous and/or problematic? I have seen weight recommendations for other bindings, but I can't seem to find them for the Pivot 12s.
post #4 of 12
She'll be ok with that binding, just set the DIN correctly.

The PX12 is a good...or...better alternative due to its better heel hold.

Michael
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by SkiThePlunge View Post
Does "more than she needs" mean dangerous and/or problematic? I have seen weight recommendations for other bindings, but I can't seem to find them for the Pivot 12s.
At her size, she will be close to the bottom DIN setting. The P12 will handle a much larger, more aggressive skier. Why a Look Pivot? Because it looks cool? They haven't been made since 2005 and they are sought out by those who like the characteristics of the binding and they are going for more and more money all the time. I recently saw a P12 go for over $200 on eBay when last year they could be picked up for $125 easily. She might like a binding that is easier to operate also, like a Salomon or a Rossi/Look that is a non-Pivot/PX model.
post #6 of 12
If you're worried about her being too close to the bottom end of the DIN range, I've got a NIB pair of the 11-DIN Rossignol version of the P12 that I could trade.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the responses. I had heard good things about the P12's on this forum and got them for myself. That was before I got new skis (Dynastar Mythic Riders) with PX12s. So I thought that my wife might enjoy the P12s. Perhaps they're too beefy for her.

As for the trade, thank you, but I'll hold off for now.
post #8 of 12
At the end of the day, the only really relevant question is what DIN she skis. And the inputs for that are weight, skier type, and boot sole length in millimeters (not boot size). (Height rarely matters.)

Her weight is right on the border between two classes (92-107, 108-125). And I interpret "expert, but not aggressive," as meaning a type II, possibly III. My inclination would be to split the difference -- treat her as a type III if you use the lower weight class, or type II if you use the higher. Either way ends up with the same result.

Assuming that her BSL is in the 271-290mm range, her DIN setting should probably be around 5. That should be within the range of the P12s. You've got the bindings already; I wouldn't worry about it. Personally, I like to keep a pair of 11 or 12 DIN bindings around as backup because I know I can mount them on skis for either my wife or me, even though it's overkill for her.
post #9 of 12
The PX12 is the binding of choice for that Dynastar, and there shouldn't be any worries about the din setting at her weight and ability.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
So, if the PX12 is the binding of choice, then a P12 should probably be pretty close to ideal?
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by SkiThePlunge View Post
So, if the PX12 is the binding of choice, then a P12 should probably be pretty close to ideal?
Either will work very well at the right DIN setting. The older P12 has the turntable that is considered to be a safety advantage due to a benefit in twisting falls. The newer PX is a simpler design with less slop in the heel hold down but does not have the "pivot" or turntable feature. Both are very good & very safe for a wide range of skiers.

Michael
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for your responses. Yet again the forum proves to be invaluable! I'll be sure to report back on this season's skiing--it's looking like a doosy (sp?) out West!
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