Originally Posted by beyond
maybe that unwanted release saved your bacon. Sucks that we'll never know. Maybe you should go repeat the maneuver 10 times at max DIN and see if you can pull it off before you break your leg.
I agree with you. Maybe the ski folded up more than I thought it was going to and the force would have been greater than I had planned for. Sucks that we'll never know. However I think I'll just up the Din to "8" half way between III and III+ and see what happens. I do know that it should not have come off while aggressively sidestepping up a hill earlier in the day. I don't think I was anywhere near breaking a bone in the earlier release, and I have a pretty good idea what it takes to break one of my bones; I've broken enough of them.
All that aside, I do think it's about time for a binding improvement. Despite the fact that bindings were designed to save legs, the last toe improvement I'm aware of was to help prevent ligament damage in backwards twisting falls. It consists of not only having a toe release upwards and sideways, but having the binding release easier to the side when there is a forward force added to the mix. We need a binding that does not force your toe sideways when there is forward force applied. In the past we did not have a forward release mechanism. We relied purely on sideways release at the toe. The forward release could be made quite hard to activate in comparison to the sideways release mechanism, and we could keep the two release mechanisms separate. It's all academic anyway, nobody is going to take the risk.
Not counting dodgy binders on yard-sale or demo skis, that was the first unexpected binding release I've had in many years. Previous releases (both of them) in the last 15 years have been easy, but warranted.
EDIT: I've pulled off that same maneuver many many times, but usually on gs or sg skis at higher speeds. I had the binders set at 11 on the SGs when said maneuver was a fairly common occurrence.