BENNETT STEPHEN CARROLL writes:
> Scientific studies have shown that all modern bindings are basically the
> same in terms of safety. Therefore, you won't be risking injury by
> buying a less popular or well known brand (or discontinued in the case of
> Geze.) Today you should purchase bindings according to different
> performance features (turntable heel, riser plate, adjustable stiffness,
> easy step-in, etc.) and range of DIN settings
I'd add to that -- all other things being equal, choose the binding
that weighs less, if there's a difference of an ounce (30 g) or more.
That's probably the threshold at which binding weight makes a difference for
a recreational skiier. Racers, YMMV. I've only got a Nastar bronze so
I don't know nuthin' about hurtling downhill at 95 mph.
I have Ess VARs, and I like that they don't stiffen the ski as much as other
bindings -- but on my Volant FX-2s it's probably not as big an issue as
the damping seems to overcome the stiffening underfoot that another binding
would give. And I hardly use the adjustable fore/aft feature. It's no
surprise that they work best in the center slot. I'd give up that feature
for the bindings to be lighter.
And if I could find equal fit, performance, and convenience for my
(get your flamethrowers!) rear-entry Salomon SX-92s I'd happily trade for
lighter boots, too, but I know I'd give up the absolute sense of
stability I currently enjoy at any speed.
My net gain? More agility and less fatigue because my feet would
weigh hundreds of tons less.
Of course, I'll never give up my Volants. You listening, Hank?