A great binding for it's price, the Salomon Z12 holds its own against other, higher priced bindings such as FKS 140s, Griffons, and Pivots.
Although this binding has a lower din rating and less features such as heel torque release, it does include a similar under-toe piece as the Rossignol FKS, leading to a very responsive toe. Furthermore, it has proven to be very durable in all conditions and has held up excellently over 30+ days of heavy use so far without any signs of wear.
I would recommend this binding to the lighter skier looking for a solid binding for a great price.
These bindings are the perfect buy for a lighter skier who doesn't want heavy skis that suck for hiking and jibbing in the park. If you are a heavier person, you may want to try them before you buy them so you can see for yourself if they'll work for you, but if your a lighter skier who is thinking about buying them-go for it! Definitely worth the money, and my favorite binding I've ridden to date.
The Z12's perform admirably, they released exactly when I needed them to, and were great for buttering around. Also, they made my ski setup a lot lighter than it would have been with most other bindings.
It looks pretty good, the silver and black on mine seem to be able to blend with any ski without sticking out too much. Also, there were no risers (which was great) and they don't stick off the ski more than they need to (creating a less bulky look)
They retail at $340, but I got them for $140. Most sites sell a lot lower than $340, and if you look around, you can find a good deal on them. That being said, if I hadn't found a deal, I would have payed for the $340 because they are such a sick binding.
These bindings released whenever I wanted them to, however, I am a lighter skier (150 lbs.) and have the DIN at 8. This may not be the ideal binding for heavier skiers, but it's perfect for light skiers looking for some light bindings.
I have had absolutely no problems with my Z12's, aside from a few minor scratches from me taking my skis off they are exactly like new after a full season of use.