the only time i actually ised them was skiing out of the park. I have no complaints, felt fine in the woods and on some groomers! I usually ski on a rossi race binding so you have somethign to compare too. BTW im switching to the reactors this year!
do you think you can really be harder on them in the backcountry than in the park?
i run them everywhere, and they are doing fine. if you want to cover all axes of release, they are a good binding, albeit a little heavy.