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Now I don't know if I'm just unlucky, but at the beginning of this season I broke 3 sets of bindings in 4 days.

Marker Titanium 12.0: ripped three screws from toepiece and trashed speedpoint plate hitting a rock.
Atomix Xentrix 412: Suffered the heel release problem (both sides), fortunately subject to factory recall, so I'm awaiting replacements.
Diamir Fritschi FreeRide: Lost a screw from end of tube, making heel slide back and the binding to flip open. And I'm defnitely no good at unexpected Telemarking...

I've previously had a Salomon 957 composite rear explode, tore off a pair of 977s (both rears at once).

Anyone else have particularly bad experiences of bindings breaking?
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You seem to be the 'common denominator'.
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I would blame the ridiculous hat.
post #4 of 12
 Ripped the toe binding off one of my skiings landing a jump on Monday. Not the worst place for it to happen but definitely unexpected.   
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Synchro View Post

Now I don't know if I'm just unlucky, but at the beginning of this season I broke 3 sets of bindings in 4 days.

Marker Titanium 12.0: ripped three screws from toepiece and trashed speedpoint plate hitting a rock.
Atomix Xentrix 412: Suffered the heel release problem (both sides), fortunately subject to factory recall, so I'm awaiting replacements.
Diamir Fritschi FreeRide: Lost a screw from end of tube, making heel slide back and the binding to flip open. And I'm defnitely no good at unexpected Telemarking...

I've previously had a Salomon 957 composite rear explode, tore off a pair of 977s (both rears at once).

Anyone else have particularly bad experiences of bindings breaking?

well the atomics and markers were broken to begin with.

The freerides arent particully strong I have actually broke those before.

but I am calling BS on breaking 957s though and if you did your either a badass skier or an ass of a skier. they are all metal Salomons
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post



You seem to be the 'common denominator'.
 

+1

'tore off the heels' sounds like the mounting screws parted from the ski. The bindings didn't fail, except not to release. The ski failed.

'ripped three screws'. Again the binding didn't fail, the ski/binding interface did.

When screws are pulled from the ski rather than the binding releasing, your bindings are probably set a little high and you are exerting extreme forces on the equipment.

I'd love to see video of you skiing!
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post




well the atomics and markers were broken to begin with.

The freerides arent particully strong I have actually broke those before.

but I am calling BS on breaking 957s though and if you did your either a badass skier or an ass of a skier. they are all metal Salomons

 

He said 957 composite NOT Equipe......
post #8 of 12
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Well I've had others that have been trouble free. I'm about 75Kg and typically I'm only skiing on 7-8 DIN. I don't think I'm particularly hard on them, and they've all failed in different ways. The crash that took out the Markers would probably have broken anything else too as it was pretty harsh. The freeride was just a retaining screw, not a load-bearing element, but evidently something that needs checking occasionally as it could be a critical component when touring.

I'm not too bothered about the Atomics - they're on a set of immaculate 10.26s I picked up for €10! The factory recall is a bonus!

The 957 (composites, not metal) pre-released down some bumps. I went to put it back on and saw the heel lever wasn't quite all the way down (which shouldn't have been possible anyway). I trod on it to open it fully and the whole body of the heel section exploded into little pieces. I kept the mainspring as a souvenir. It must have been building up some damage and finally lost it.

So what bindings do you recommend? About the only ones I've seen good (possibly rose-tinted) things said about on here are Look 77s!

The hat is by 'Gone Loopy' of New Zealand, who went bust in the NZ ski market crash after Mount Ruapehu exploded in 1995. Nothing I can do about mountains exploding, though the hat is now retired in favour of a helmet.
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Originally Posted by Synchro View Post

The hat is by 'Gone Loopy' of New Zealand, who went bust in the NZ ski market crash after Mount Ruapehu exploded in 1995.
 

Wait, you're not skiing these bindings in the southern hemisphere, are you? You know the screws have to be turned counter-clockwise there, right?
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Originally Posted by Synchro View Post

Well I've had others that have been trouble free. I'm about 75Kg and typically I'm only skiing on 7-8 DIN. I don't think I'm particularly hard on them, and they've all failed in different ways. The crash that took out the Markers would probably have broken anything else too as it was pretty harsh. The freeride was just a retaining screw, not a load-bearing element, but evidently something that needs checking occasionally as it could be a critical component when touring.

I'm not too bothered about the Atomics - they're on a set of immaculate 10.26s I picked up for €10! The factory recall is a bonus!

The 957 (composites, not metal) pre-released down some bumps. I went to put it back on and saw the heel lever wasn't quite all the way down (which shouldn't have been possible anyway). I trod on it to open it fully and the whole body of the heel section exploded into little pieces. I kept the mainspring as a souvenir. It must have been building up some damage and finally lost it.

So what bindings do you recommend? About the only ones I've seen good (possibly rose-tinted) things said about on here are Look 77s!

The hat is by 'Gone Loopy' of New Zealand, who went bust in the NZ ski market crash after Mount Ruapehu exploded in 1995. Nothing I can do about mountains exploding, though the hat is now retired in favour of a helmet.

Rose-tinted?

Find a pair in good shape and mount them up. They STILL are great bindings. I rate them over 90% of the current production out there. All metal , both forged aluminium and steel. Great retention and durability. What more could you want.? 
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Wait, you're not skiing these bindings in the southern hemisphere, are you? You know the screws have to be turned counter-clockwise there, right?

Bah, that explains it. I'm screwed then. Or is it unscrewed?
I'm in France really, in Dynastar's home town 
post #12 of 12
Salomon 914 and 916 are pretty bomber. They are easy to get on the cheap at ski swaps on old race skis. All metal in the places that matter.
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