Caucasian_AsianI know Marker used to make a Comp 30. So I hear you there.
Tyrolia makes 17/18/20 DIN race bindings. Salomon makes a 19 DIN and used to make a s920. So because 20 is 2 more than 18, that means that they're garbage?
I'm glad you cleared that up so I can go throw out my 916s.
The Tyrolia's and Salomons were never as bad as the Markers.. those things had to be cranked to oblivion... that said, they did their job fine I suppose?
In any case, the Salomons and Markers in particular had to be cranked extra high and have very high tension springs to make up for the design. The Tyrolias actually have always been damn good bindings.
I'm not saying at all that they're garbage, i'm just stating the philosophy as to why look has never and will never put anything over 18 din in their race bindings. Even at a lower din, they tend to hold better more of the time than the other brands while still releasing when they should - and ESPECIALLY with the turntable heels when switch skiing is introduced.
In comparison to pretty much every marker binding, not so much the squires but definitely the jester/griffon/etc, the heel requires so much more tension, and therefore ejects the boot upwards before it fully releases it. The Looks have a far smoother release, and it's way easier on the knees - hence their popularity even when Look/Rossi stopped making them. Salomon and Tyrolia's heels tend to release much smoother than the markers as well so I've noticed... and in this case, it seems like it's possibly more of a design flaw from Salomon's standpoint rather than an actually poor design in the first place. I know on my STH's I have to crank them up to 12/13 or so, instead of 10/11, but at least they do seem to work right.
Have a nice day, Bluename.
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