I have a brand new pair of 183cm iM82 still shrink-wrapped and waiting for both a pair of bindings and next year's snow (perhaps a few hikes this year too). I have been watching Tramdock and other locations for a good deal on bindings for the skis, but have been having some difficulty in making a decision. FYI, I am 183 lbs naked and usually set my bindings to somewhere between 8 and 9 DIN and I have a sole length of 342 mm. I also have a pair of Legend 8000s with the Fluid/PX12 system which I like but are a bit heavy. I am still vacillating on whether I should get a simple flat mount with the boot sole centered or get one of the Flex series which would allow fore/aft adjustment. Any recommendations? I will be using the skis all-mountain but with primarily off-piste with just a tad of hiking and side-country, perhaps; but I intend to get a more dedicated back/side-country setup later.
I was also considering mounting them myself if the templates are available. OTOH buying at a local retailer now in Seattle would also allow me to get them mounted by them. REI has both the Rossi SAS2 120 Wide binding (100mm brake) for $105 and the Rossi Axial2 Pro (80mm brake) for $90. Weight-wise the two are very similar, the latter being only 60g heavier. As for delta and lift differences, the Rossi website doesn't get that specific and the Axial2 Pros aren't even listed. I did find on some other website that the 2009 model of the SAS2 120 is 13.5mm toe and 18.5 mm heel while the Axial2 Pro has a 20.5mm height toe and 26mm heel; therefore, except for about 7-7.5mm more lift on the Pro. There appears to be really only about 0.5mm difference in the delta between the two bindings; but I don't know how accurate the info is. I'm trying to ignore the color differences (white (SAS2) and silver/black (Axial2 Pro)) and the potential clashing with the green skis.
So, does anyone have any experience with either binding and willing to make a recommendation for my use? Also, would the 80mm brake of the Axial Pro fit on the 82mm width skis of the iM82 with a bit of bending? Is there any reason, I should not use bindings with a 100mm brake on 82 mm width skis? Finally, should I just wait and still go for some fore/aft adjustability with a Flex series. I really am in a bit of a quandry right now, so I would appreciate any advice. I just can't seem to make up my mind - maybe it would be best for all of you to decide for me. I would also like to take advantage of the remaining sales on the bindings now since I might try a hike or two too with the skis this spring.
Waiting for more snow (and bindings),