Again I take Salomon for the win. The 14's have a stiff hold,high enough DIN (who needs 16 really unless you hate your knees?), are niceand light, and release when they need to. Personally I've never had a problemwith durability of the main part of the binding. Sometimes I do find that the brakescan snap off, but I've had this problem on any pair of bindings I've ever used.