>Good question. A good binding can last forever if it's treated gently.
>breaks bindings is usually an impact, as in being dropped off ski rack (or
>an airplane cargo door), or bounced off a rock. A heavy blow can easily
>pivot post or fracture a housing. The most common damage is easy to
>torn anti-friction pad or twisted ski brake arm. These can be replaced.
>vibration or corrosion can loosen the mounting screws, so these should be
>checked regularly. Road salt is a terrible curse -- it can rot the heart
>a binding with a damaged housing or DIN window. Keep bindings clean and
>and they'll outlast the skis and boots by years.
do to it. For instance, Salomon made their 747 model in aluminum
(Equipe) and plastic. The plastic tended to fatigue through the years.
The most common breakage I saw was the lug on the heel piece which
activates the heel to close it completely gone. The binding otherwise
worked fine, you just had to reach down and close the heel. The
aluminum one lasted forever. Some low end bindings, even today
are mainly plastic, but look closely at a Marker or a Salomon. The
heel levers, even if plastic is showing are really metal.
Remember the plastic Tyrolias? How about Geze heels? Had lots
of those lined up on the window sill of the the repair shop at
Bear Mountain at Killington (That's the broken equipment capital
of the world). Those Geze's weren't even old, no more than a year