I've been using these bindings paired with Alpina Lite Terrain skis in the Black Hills and they're working pretty slick so far. Without the cables I've got the freedom for a decent kick and glide on the level stuff and with the cables they're stiff enough to throw some good tele turns into a run. Only complaint is that the cable stretched a little when I hit a concealed brush pile hard and I had to adjust on one side to fit my boot again. My ski took worse damage with a good gouge. These bindings would most likely would suck for real tele applications (and as Angus said, they're kind of ghetto), but for backcountry they're kicking ass. As for the putting on climbing wires after they are mounted (as some reviewers have complained about), using your head and some creativity, as the knife on my Leatherman provided, you can pop the caps off of the screws on the heel piece and put them on. My skis don't like climbing much without skins, but that's the skis, not the bindings.
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