You're drawing ridiculous conclusions. Yeah, both those systems were innovative. But as you said, they sucked and didn't work. So people either hate innovations, or crappy bindings that don't work. Do you really think it's the former?
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if lines quik mount thing was the thing were they had pre drilled holes. than that would be the dummest idea for any ski that wasnt symetricall because if someone might want to mount them somewere else, and if they do they will already have 2 sets of holes in their skis.
the new rossi quik mounting bindings are great, they are like a demo binding but not as heavy and shitty, they mount in prob 2 min, not sure if they have the same system for there scratch line, anyone know
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the brake system has 2 springs on each side of the brake to prevent any movement at all of the brake. pretty much every other binding only has 1 spring which, when you land switch hard, allows the brake to deploy quite easily. I've broken several pairs of brakes on my old axial 120's, and not 1 pair i've broken or even bended in the year and a half i've had my deadbolts. and the brakes seem alot beefier then on other bindings...
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I wouldn't know, I don't use my touring bindings in the park... That is like saying my road bike isn't doing very well on the downhill course, they say the duke is an alpine binding with a touring function, but I wouldn't expect it to take the abuse and stresses that park puts on it, not to mention switch landings.
that was my brothers senior project last year. he designed it and everything, but never had a prototype made or talked to any companies to see if they would help him produce it / make it compatible with their binding
3 of my friends got it.. best binding ever, good for anything. sadly the platic mounting plate is now fucked and the plastic on all 3 pairs is breaking and its almost impossible to change modes. at least warrenty is there.
line never had the marketing and r and d budget to really make the reactor happen. sure, they were fragile, heavy, and the lift was a bit much, but the concepts were incredible. what really killed it was every kid and their mother telling people reactors were the bane of the earth. i still occasionally see people rocking reactors that still work. most of the time, they weren't set and adjusted correctly, because no shops knew how to do it. but im not saying they rock balls or anything, they had their downs, lots of them.
the mad trix binding was insanely stupid... I remember taking those skis, and hiding them in the back of the shop. Horrible idea, even worsely executed.
The line binding, well I dont think anyone hated on the general idea, I think the majority of people were pretty stoked on it, but when you cut costs and put out a shitty product youre going to get hated on. Too bad K2 didnt buy line the year before the reactor came out... maybe it would have lasted. Maybe.
I like the jester and duke and the idea behind them, but marker just has a product that is best suited for elderly women, and the kind of people who only ski mellow groomers. I hope they toughen those things up, or salomon steals the idea... then Id buy them.
It's more like companies are too smart to do that because of the wonderful thing called capitalism. If they made a universal mounting pattern the co's wouldn't sell as much product. If you fuck up a binding and want to switch to something with a different mounting pattern, many people are more likely to buy new skis so you can get them remounted in the exact position you want while keeping the integrity of the ski. by not making things universal the companies don't give the skiier much more of a choice than shelling out more bread. Same thing for the universal pant/jacket attachment. It will never happen because companies want you to buy all of your product from them. If you could buy any outerwear you wanted and it all fit together perfectly the companies would lose money.
I think your argument holds up for the jacket and pants, but not for bindings.
Mounting position is dictated by the underfoot line on the ski and the midsole mark on the boot. If I understand this right, we are thinking of a universal hole patten, so there would only need to be one jig for all new binders. This would not vary from ski to ski, so it wouldn't cause any loss of sales or brand loyalty.
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Say that if I had a pair of look's and a pair of solly's with the same hole pattern and I broke the look's I would be able to just swap them out with the solly's using the same holes. But since they use a different pattern, I'd be more inclined to replace the broken binders with a set of look's so that I wouldn't have to change the hole pattern and remount the skis. It makes sense to me but maybe I'm wrong
sorry but not a very intelligent post. the line bindings SUCKED. not only were they heavy as shit they broke like it was their job. i think that people even bought those pieces of shit is proof that people dont fear binding change at all. additionally id like to add that bindings are possibly the most pivotal (excuse the pun) aspect of safety in skiing. why would you jump at something new and not proven if look pivots have been around and kicking ass for what, 30 years?
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snowboarding really has a great system. fairly adjustable positioning, and unlimited number of remounts. Ski bindings are super dumb and hopefully will take after windsurfing universals. in case you don't know what a universal is for a windsurfer is, it's the flexible joint that attaches the sail (more specifically the mast) to the board. in the past they were all different designs, but now there is basically an industry standard.
moral of the story is ski bindings need a universal system with metal inserts placed from recommended mounting to like +5cm. It will keep everyone happy.
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