I've been riding the same pair of Axial2 120's on at least one of my skis in rotation for the past three years. They have seen everything from 122mm pow skis to 86mm park skis. I would say I have about 40 days on them total. After three seasons they are still cosmetically in great shape, with only some minor paint chipping.
The bindings have always felt super solid, never have I felt any wiggle or uncertainty while clipped in. I always turn the DIN down in the summer to keep the spring from degrading. I have always had the forward pressure properly adjusted and I never feel like I mistakenly pop out (I ride a DIN of 9, see user stats at the bottom). They aren't the lightest bindings, but the extra weight is hardly noticeable.
My only problem with these bindings is the brake durability. Over the course of three days I broke two separate brakes from landing switch and popping out. This causes the break to bend the wrong direction and snap off just forward of the screw that attaches it to the binding. Similar crashes have happened to me plenty of times with my FKS and I've never broken a brake, just bent them. With extra money I had to spend on brakes for Axials, I could have nearly bought FKS 120's which have better break durability in my experience. However, Axial2's have about 2cm of forward pressure adjustment, whereas the FKS have about 1cm. The Axial would be preferable for someone who still has growing feet, as it can accommodate several BSL's without being remounted.
In all, the Axial is a super solid binding for a cheap price. Other then the brakes, they are very durable. I would recommend them for any type of ski.
*Bindings were purchased from Backcountry.com in late 2012*
Skier type: Freestyle (Park and Powder)
Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon
Very good bang-for-your buck binding. About as good as plastic 12-DIN bindings get, I was always able to fully trust them to release when they needed to and not explode if I messed something up. I found them to be much more durable and solidly built than other comparable bindings. These are an excellent binding for charging park or trees, but they may not be burly enough to handle BC or cliffs. Very good purchase and overall I am very happy with the binding.
Mounted the Axial 120s on my These in the fluorescent yellow color. Bindings are great for literally any use on the mountain with a perfect 4-12DIN.
They release when needed and hold you in securely. Im very confident in these bindings and would recommend them to anyone who cant afford FKS