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b-kuldon't you need to take the heel off the track to remove the brake on sth2s? so technically its not tool-less.
tomPietrowskiyeah technically you are right but you could use a k2 pole so technically it could be tooless.
will_powderNo YOU'RE a tool
tomPietrowskiBoth good options. The FKS is a little dated though as its a binding which was first released back in the 80's. So allthough they function well they suffer from a few hangovers from the past. One is a small mount pattern. This can be good as it gives only a small dead spot to the ski, but they can also pull out easier then most bindings. I have seen more FKS heels pull out then any other binding. The other issue is teh brakes. Back when FKS were designwed they were for use by racers. racers never rode switch so they was not an issue with the binding releasing when switch and the brakes bending. Therefor there was never a need to make the brakes easily replaceable. These days having a brake which is not easily replaced is a real issue. In terms of adjustment they have adjustment then track bindings but really i dont see this as an issue but it may be somthing to consider. The final thing to consider is your only getting teh driver toe if you go for the 180 version. The 140 uses the same toe as the px bindings which although good is not really a durable toe piece so if you ride hard I would avoid the 140.
BWalmerI don't deny that the FKS platform is a dated platform and that it doesn't have issues...however, before I started riding FKS bindings, I was the STH...I broke at least 5 pairs of brakes and had 3 heel piece pull outs in 2 seasons. Since switching to FKS platform I've ridden the same pair of FKS bindings for 5 seasons, not 1 pull out, not 1 brake problem. But I guess that's just my experience with them.
cool_namewhere did all this hate on the fks's start, ill admit a rarely go into gear talk but i always thought they were regard as one of the best bindings?
tomPietrowskiThere is no hate towards fks they are still a great binding they are just getting a little dated compared to modern bindings. They work great but just have a few failings compared to the competion however they are still one of the more popular bindings.
RubberSoulso my question is, why don't they remake the FKS with a wider mounting pattern?
ErrlI currently use the full metal STH
This is what I hate about NS. Unless you've got the STH16 STEEL(very spendy), your bindings are not metal. The STH14 and 16 have some metal in them, but the majority of them is composite.
But if you do have STH16 STEELS, you correct in the use of the "full metal" term.