If youre thinking about getting these, do it. save up and get them. you wont be disappointed. Just make sure theyre mounted right and you take care of them and they will outlast your skis. As i said before, I can't tell you if or why these are better than the current FKS model, but from experience they are more durable than the older ones. Rumour has it rossi fixed the problems so i'll leave that for you to decide. what i can tell you is I snapped the heel plate of my brand new STH 16's the season i decided to try these. I got my money back for them and spent the extra money on the jesters and never looked back.
ps. if youre about 18 or older you should grab these, not griffons. The griffons still perform the same way but they arent made to be as durable or take as much as a beating.
if you are not 18 years old, go with griffons not these. There is no reason you need jesters.
if youre 12 go with squires.
As i said before, i bought two pairs of these the first year they were released, one for my fujatives and one for my walls. they have outlasted the fujatives which have snapped and are now on my urban invaders. I dont see or feel any difference between them and the new pros i got for my new walls aside from color and the metal handicap bar in the toe piece of the pros. I dont have any doubts in these bindings.
I think they look sick, and the lateral toe spring works better than anything else ive used. (ive tried alot of bindings) I think the toe spring and durability would be the two key factors that separate them from the FKS. (based on older fks models, havent tried the orange ones) also the front piece is the same weight as the back on both models so the swing weight is none.
They are pricey, but these came out almost five seasons ago and im still rocking not one but two pairs of them. the only thing ive ever needed fixed is one of the brakes, which by the way are durable as fuck. SEGWAY!!!!!
The only time these things ever release on me has been right when they should. My dins are set at 14 on the debut pair and 16 on my new pros and the old pair performs just as well as the new one. Anytime i fall and can feel my foot twisting they release, yet no matter how forward i land on switch landings or how long or hard i butter they stay locked.
The only things ive needed to replace was one of the brakes on the fujatives pair. Thats it. If you take care of these babies in the off season by turning the dins down and NOT cranking them to 16 and 18 for the whole season they will treat you very well for a very long time.
Overall the binding functioned mediocrely but the durabilty and price issues outwieigh any performance benifits. The binding is light but should not be used for park or any sort of riding with hard landings or where extreme force is placed on the bindings. the jester would make a great light weight all mountain cruiser binding. do not buy for park or big mountain!
The release was solid but the durability of the Jester is horrible! the jesters are very light which is really nice. they are easy to step in to. and easy to adjust. matched with my Ballbello krypton rampage there is quite a bit of flex that was kinda surprising. the brake design is reall good compared to any thing else i have see or ridden.
The size and wieght was compact and light which is pretty nice after getting used to it, but the jester has major flaws. the sliding plate on the toe pieces break off consistently during normal twisting falls. this leaves the binding with an eighth inch of vertical sliding play in the toe piece. this problem cannot be solved without marker sending you new springs and plates. VERY FRUSTRATING!!!!! the heel piece also broke after a hard landing.
very poor value at a cost of 300-330 dollar i was expecting abinding that would last at least half a season in the park but i was sorely dissappointed when they broke multiple times in 10 days!!!
The toe release felt pretty true to its din but if anything the toe released a little earlier than desired. The toe peice would release as desired when there was twisting pressure but also released nicely when there was twisting veritcal pressure. The heel piece released as desired and could be locked down pretty good when the DIN was set higher.
Horrible durabilty. i over shot a jump and the heel piece screw pulled through the metal plate on the binding!!! I recommend 4frnt deadbolts of look px12/jib 18