I bought last year's model and have beat the crap out of it, and it has held up great. I've had a number of days in the backcountry but many more in the park at the resort. This binding is not made for the park but just to show how beefy it is, its held up all season until I bent the bolt in the front toe piece, not bad for a backcountry binding! I haven't had any problems with it releasing if anything it releases early on occasion. One problem I have had in the backcountry is while traversing on step slopes I've had the toe joint flex so that my heel end moved over and to the side of the heel riser. But all in all a great bomber binding!