I initially bought these bindings as an inexpensive entry into the tech binding scene. I went with these over the radicals because I usually espouse a "simpler is better" philosophy when it comes to gear. After a year on these I've enjoyed them enough to consider buying a second pair to mount on another pair of skis. These are just a simple, solid binding. They do what you expect them to do with no surprises. There's something to be said for a design that hasn't significantly changed in a while. I find that I can turn the heel with a ski tip most of the time, but if I'm not wearing a heavy pack it's usually quicker to turn them by hand. I am not an aggressive skier and have not taken any big falls on these so I can't particularly speak to their release characteristics, except that I have fairly moderate release values dialed in and have never pre-released. For reference these are mounted on BD Carbon Converts and skied with Spectres. The included leashes are a high quality bonus. If I could change one thing it would be a metal base plate and crampon slot under the toe. Seems like a weak spot, although I haven't had any issues so far. To sum it up, I've been very happy with the purchase and wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.
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