I picked these bindings up on sale from EVO, and I purchased them without doing much research in to their durability or performance, mainly purchasing them because of the inexpensive price and brand name. I have been less than satisfied overall with these bindings, as they are constantly needing fixing whether it is the toe-piece breaking off, or the heel piece cracking, there always seems to be a problem. They have a bit of play in them at all times, which can be detrimental on a pow day where boot movement can throw you off. They function fine for the most part, and seem to be true to the DIN, but overall they are a bit flimsy and fragile. 5/10.
If it is your first year in the park, you weigh 130 pounds or less, and you want a cheap beginner park binding then the squire is definitely something for you. Once you are out of that range these bindings will start to break, typically the brakes are of what breaks the most and if you have to still use these bindings while past what I suggested them for I highly suggest in buying a spare set of brakes.
I would not buy a cheaper binding for a first year park skier. These are cheap and still reliable for your safety of holding you up on your skis for your first year. Cheaper bindings than these start to become very un-reliable and honestly shouldn't be considered for a park skier because of their poor safety.
A positive to these bindings is that they are extremely light weight. Was able to learn a lot more tricks when starting out with these. Also there are an asortment of colors of these bindings through out the years so if you don't like a color look around for a different year + they could be cheaper.
piece of shit for park riding, like to land switch? you're screwed if you have these, especially if you're throwing big tricks and landing switch. definitely wouldn't recommend for park, but not to bad for trails
These bindings get a lot of hate but mine have been great. I have 30ish days on these on a pair of atomic blogs, I have skied everything from park to out of bounds on this combo and they have been great. They are super light and have been reliable for me. I have heard the horror stories but at 6'1" 180lbs and a reasonably aggressive skier they have never let me down. They are a very cheap and light binding. They can be a little hard to clip into at first as you have to make sure the back lever goes all the way up but I don't even notice this anymore. I have hit big jumps in the park and dropped cliffs up to 15ft on them and never had a problem. Part of the plastic on the mounting plate of one of then toes did chip off but it was just decorative and did not affect the binding structurally. All in all a great binding at a great price!