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Which bindings should I get?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey guys- I've heard great things about this forum from some of my friends, so I thought I'd join.  I hope to stick around here for a bit!

I'm an intermediate skier and I ski anything- from park to all mountain to backcountry glades. 

I just got some new skis on the cheap, hoping to get a good deal off of 2009 skis- I got the K2 Disorderly (park ski mostly) and I'm not sure which binding to get.  I'm going for binding under $200 as I can get some good deals on them.

My question to you gear gurus is...

Should I go for the Salomon Z10 Ti B90 (at $180) or the Marker 12 Free  (I can get it for $190)?

Is there another binding I should look at?

Thanks.
post #2 of 15
 Either one is fine. A Griffon will cost you about $230, a worth while upgrade. 
post #3 of 15
Look for some FKS 155's.  All metal bomber binding and will last you for years.   A number of shops online are clearing them out for around $250.00 or you can find some pairs in really good shape on ebay or in the forums for under $200.00.  You won't be dissappointed.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah- I've heard good things about the FKS 155's, but I have to keep it under $200, unfortunately.

Budgets suck-  Marker Griffon bindings are sick, too, but still gotta keep it under $200.

Of the two (Salomon Z10 Ti B90 or the Marker 12 Free), which one is more durable and better for all-around skiing, not just park?
post #5 of 15
I am not a fan of marker.  To much plastic.  Check ebay...5 pairs of FKS for under $200.00 including shipping.   Not sure what din you run, but either the 185's or 155's should be fine as long as you don't ski below 9 on the DIN scale.

Also, check the forums around here, NS and TGR for guy selling used bindings.  IE get some better bindings for the same you were gonna spend on the ones above.
post #6 of 15
I have some Marker 14's that I'm trying to get rid of if you are interested.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by kkerley33 View Post

as long as you don't ski below 9 on the DIN scale.

You saw the part where he was considering the Salomon Z10, right?  (For $180, no less.)

Try one of these.  80mm brakes should clear the 85mm waist, maybe a little tweak.  100mm definitely, obviously.  Better bindings than either of those, and $40 or $50 cheaper.

http://www.evogear.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/dynastar-px-12-lifter-legend-2009.aspx
http://www.evogear.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/dynastar-px-12-jib-2009.aspx
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post

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You saw the part where he was considering the Salomon Z10, right?  (For $180, no less.)

Try one of these.  80mm brakes should clear the 85mm waist, maybe a little tweak.  100mm definitely, obviously.  Better bindings than either of those, and $40 or $50 cheaper.

http://www.evogear.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/dynastar-px-12-lifter-legend-2009.aspx
http://www.evogear.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/dynastar-px-12-jib-2009.aspx
 
Yeah, Look/Dynastar are really great bindings and $129 is a very good price.  Get them.  You won't find a better binding per dollar. Look bindings have been a long-time favorite here. 
Be careful with the FKS binding, it is bomber, metal and all that, but it has the racing single pivot toe that does not release upwards.  So this binding is heavily biased towards retention as opposed to release.  In makes total sense for a hard-charging expert who wants to avoid a pre-release while hucking a 20-foot cliff (as pre-release in those cases is often a worse outcome than non-release: if you fall, you are in trouble anyway, with skis or without).   An intermediate is better served by a regular multidirectional release tow of the PX.  
post #9 of 15

I did see the 10 DIN part.  That is why I asked what DIN he skied at.  Going into the park, he is going to want a stronger binding that doesn't pre-release or ahem...release upwards, especially if landing back in the seat on a jump or sliding rails.  Maybe you missed the part about skiing in the park.

But yes the PX is a good binding if you can't find or afford an FKS. 

Start Haus still has the FKS 120's in stock for 169.00 and FOTM still has them for $199.00.  So while the PX is great at $129.00, the FKS heel is worth the extra $40.00.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kkerley33 View Post

I did see the 10 DIN part.  That is why I asked what DIN he skied at.  Going into the park, he is going to want a stronger binding that doesn't pre-release or ahem...release upwards, especially if landing back in the seat on a jump or sliding rails.  Maybe you missed the part about skiing in the park.

But yes the PX is a good binding if you can't find or afford an FKS. 

Start Haus still has the FKS 120's in stock for 169.00 and FOTM still has them for $199.00.  So while the PX is great at $129.00, the FKS heel is worth the extra $40.00.


Thanks a lot for the recommendations- I still have a lot to look at.

Also..at 135 pounds (16 years old), I don't need anything higher than 10 DIN.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendations- still have a lot to look at.

Also, at 135 pounds (16 years old), I don't need anything higher than 10 DIN.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by StuckInTheEast View Post

Thanks for the recommendations- still have a lot to look at.

Also, at 135 pounds (16 years old), I don't need anything higher than 10 DIN.

While this may be true, most company's 10 DIN adult bindings are the cheapest and simplest in their range. For better safety features and better build quality/materials its often worth stepping up to a 12 DIN - if dollars aren't an absolute deciding factor.
post #13 of 15
What Squawker said.  Moreover, the jump to 14 or so can make an additional material difference (pun intended).
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Marker Griffons might actually work out for me, though they're slightly out of my price range.

I'm trying to find a dealer nearby that even sells Look bindings- if I don't find one, I suppose I could buy online.
post #15 of 15
You probably won't find them in a shop for online prices.  Any shop that carries Rossignol or Dynastar skis will have a mounting jig that will work.  Look/Rossignol/Dynastar are all the same bindings.  the shop I work in has a couple of pairs of Rossignol Axial/P14 from a couple of years back still new in box.  I'd been keeping them hidden incase Rossi didn't being back the FKS, but they did so I would be happy to see what he wants for them.
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