Recently I have noticed quite a few threads on NS asking for opinions on 12 din bindings, and today I am writing a review on one of my favorite 12 din binding on the market the Rossignol Axial2 120. I skied the Axial2s for 65 days in BC last season, and here is the somewhat ordered collection of my thoughts on the binding. I chose to write up a review on the Axials because I felt it would fit many skiers needs, as it says in "the answer to what binding" sticky, created by NS user DHogg -
"12 Din Bindings: I would usually recommend a 12 din binding for people between 145lbs and 170/175lbs or so depending on ability. For most people on here, a 12 din binding would be perfect. If youâ€™re a more cautious skier and donâ€™t go fast, take impact ect you should really go down to a 10 din or below binder. Likewise if your aggressive skier you can go up, but be realistic. Donâ€™t get an 18 din binding because if makes you look cool. You wonâ€™t be thinking its cool when youâ€™re getting knee surgery and canâ€™t ski half the winter."
So why buy the Axial2 120 over the other 12dins on the market? Just as a note to start off the Rossignol Axial2 120 is the same binding as the Look PX12, so when looking at your local ski shop don't get put off by the fact it's not fluro orange.
The Axial2 series was created with the world cup in mind, so the saftey and performance of all bindings in the range is top quality. The heel piece on the Axial2 features the longest elastic travel on the marker (25mm). This not only allows the binding to have consistent/reliable release but also reduces prereleases, for me this sold the binding to me as I have had alot of problems with both my Jesters and Barons pre-releasing. The heel piece coupled with the Dual Action III toe piece, the same toe piece on the FKS140, gives great power transmission. I can vouch for this as I skied the Axails for about 65 days this season on my ON3P Caylors, and really liked how they drove the ski. I used these Bindings everywhere on the mountain except park, being on Caylors they spent alot of time floating around in deeper snow, and I never once had an issue with getting the ski on in deeper snow. I also paired up my Axails with a pair of BCA Alpine Trekkers (review coming soon if I feel there is need for one), and they didn't interface too well with the Axials due to the high Axail2/PX heel piece, the heel of my boot could never fully go down to the trekker platform. Just as a side note, if you are planning on using the BCA Alpine Trekkers, I wouldn't reccomend using them with Rossignol/Look bindings. Due to the high heel piece on the Axial 2/PX series, the boot heel isn't able to go down to the trekker platform and on the FKS/Pivot series the Trekker has trouble engaging the brake. The Axials have a din range of 3.5-12, so the would accomodate a wide range of skiers looking for a quality all mountain binding. The Axials are a little heavier than some other 12 din bindings on the market, nothing drastic though and they certainly didn't feel overly wieghty. I was prepared to sacrifice a bit of weight for the durability and performance of the Axials.