• Rossignol FKS 185 Race 2005

      • Review by Ryanvdonk on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
      • Review:

        Overall

        It was a sad day in skiing history when look/rossi stopped manufacturing this binding. if you have an option of buying these bindings, especially for park, i'd highly recommend it.

        Performance

        These perform great, consitent release and retention. only two things that are downsides (though small ones at that), one is cause of the pivot design, snow must be completely knocked off the boot (as i said, small annoyance), and the brakes are prone to bending on switch releases. that being said, these bindings have amazing control over the skis because of how little rise they are built with.

        Design

        great design, only thing that could be improved would be to make brake replacement easier. tight screw pattern is also prone to ripouts on softer skis, though i haven't had any problems with it, and it seems helicoils would be an easy remedy.

        Value

        i only payed 150 for my pair, and it's probably been the best piece of gear i've bought. i've broken 4 pairs of skis and these babies are still going strong.

        Characteristics

        Release is reliable, and retention is excellent. absolutely no complaints here. as long as the forward pressure is correctly set, i have never prereleased or released when i didn't want to.

        Durability

        the bindings themselves are bomber, full metal housing. the only damage i can tell after around 100 days of use is a few scratches. brakes arent the greatest, but they're just brakes and are easy to bend back.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Reliability
          Sketchy
          Trustworthy
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      • Review by gregor on Nov 07, 2013 @ 9:24 AM
      • Review:

        Overall

        One of the greatest bindings ever made. Only buy if you need a DIN between 13 and 17 for going fast or hitting hard.

        Performance

        They are the highest performance binding you can buy in regular shops.

        Design

        The construction quality of the binding is of the highest level. Unfortunately this makes them sgnificantly heavier than most bindings.

        The screw pattern as very tight allowing the ski to retain its natural flex pattern better than a tracked binding.

        The adjustment of the heel piece is minimal only 2cm limits so make sure you mount them carefully to your boot length.

        The turntable heel piece is a bit of a pain as it has no spring to return it to the correct position when you fall so you must move it manually.

        The brakes are narrow and not replacable with wider ones. They can be manually bent to easily fit an 84mm waist and with proper tools could stretch to say a Scratch BC at 98mm. They must be bent at the bend near the binding and again where the plastic of the brake is to stop them protruding from the ski.


        Value

        They are not cheap at over $200. Only purchace these if you really need the high DIN, other wise the P14 would be sufficient at 30% cheaper price.

        Characteristics

        The toe piece is a lateral release only, twisting as an entity left or right. This means it can be quite sketchy in awkward falls where upward movement occurs. For instance I fell switch and tore my lateral ankle ligament in an upward twisting motion that didnt release. This is the only qualm I have with them. The lack of upward movement in the toe is due to the need for a resistance to release from forward pressure that happens a lot at speed.

        The rear release again is designed to resist upward release but the movement is there. The turntable design allows the heel to release laterally before the toe in twisting falls.

        Of course, the DIN settings on this bindings go from 8 to 18 so is reccommended for stronger/heavier people in park or for charging big mountain lines. Or of course racing for which they were designed.

        Durability

        The highest level.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Reliability
          Sketchy
          Trustworthy
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • FKS 185 Race
    • Manufacturer:
    • Rossignol
    • Year:
    • 2005
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Reliability
    • Sketchy
      Trustworthy
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