PoikenzSo why the need for 5 pairs then? Yes, I am assuming that if nothing was wrong with the first pair you'd never need to buy more than one set.
Currently the best binding seems entirely based on personal preference, especially when you look at bindings close to 14 DIN. I personally like the offerings from tyrolia because they go on sale for cheap quite a bit which is the most important factor for me.
Each binding has pros and cons, it's just picking out the pair that you can live with. As mentioned some people go through plenty of brakes, if you don't, then you might lean towards FKS because you like that they sit lower to the ski or the toe's elasticity matters to you (just as an example).
NegromancerThat's simply not true.
The binding that will protect your knees the best and keep them the safest is the binding that is suitable for your size + ability and is adjusted properly. It's actually quite silly to recommend 18 DIN bindings to people unless you know that they're either very heavy/tall or are going huge on a regular basis.
I have had 5 pairs because I currently own 3-pairs of skis with either FKS 140's of Look Pivot 14's mounted on them. The other two pairs were sold on skis I previously owned.
I agree completely that binding choice is total preference and cost was definitely a factor for me as well. That being said I have seen multiple places selling Look Pivot 14's or 18's for almost half off if you buy them out of season.
I also agree that if you do damage breaks on a Pivot or FKS it is a total bitch to change out and can be very costly and time extensive. I was just providing the fact that out of 5-pairs and many many days of hard riding I have never had a single issue.
I have also witnessed multiple friends break Marker Jester Pros numerous times and that has always steered me away from other similar offerings in the industry.
As for my comments about FKS and Pivots design being safer in my opinion I believe this is actually true. The best place to look for evidence of this is the fact that the majority of park and urban riders are riding these bindings not only because they are built to last (full metal design) but also because they provide the safest release when riding switch. The pivoting heal provides a much safer release when landing switch than any other binding out there as lateral pressures while riding backwards will not be as evident on the toe-pieces.
Just my two cents.