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Originally Posted by faber View Post
Agreed. Also could be defective by design, i.e. certain bindings in particular seem especially prone to pre-release in certain conditions, whilst they may not if the forces are applied alternatively.

If the binding is performing as designed, it's not pre-release. If the binding releases when the skier, otherwise under control and not in danger, does not want it to, then that is just unwanted release, and likely a sign of a DIN set too low for the skier.

Back in college, I had a racing coach who liked to do this drill in which he would turn all our DIN settings to the lowest, just to teach us how to apply the forces in a turn correctly. Of course, at first we were releasing and falling all over the hill. But then we could ski farther and farther before releasing. Coach made his point.
Pretty much.

Bindings are a strange compromise of engineering: you want them to release when they should and not release when they shouldn't. Magic! If there is no chance of a mistake being made, bindings whould never need to release. The reality is that no binding will be perfect.