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One ballsy binding.
- The Pivot’s full-drive toe makes seven points of contact with the boot for excellent control and power
- The full-drive toe's multidirectional release results in a smoother and safer discharge when needed
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
the silver paint comes off if you even as much as sneeze. love the simple design and liked the silver look...but the paint comes off really easily...use your pole to get out of the binding or all the paint will be off in no time.
Great Bindings... Cheap Plastic
Have skied 10 days on these so far. Excellent hold, release when needed. Only complaint is the plastic heal piece which gets scoured when using a pole to release the binding. I am trying to figure out a way to protect the binding, but otherwise I am very satisfied.
Detail view of heel piece paint damage
10 days of riding, releasing with pole tips, resulting in substantial paint chipping in the heelpiece.
Questionable Durability - Hard to recommend
I would say I had a different experience than most others with these bindings, which are often claimed to be the best freeride bindings on the market.
They are lightweight and low profile, and look great on the ski. In the 10 days I had them mounted I ejected from them several times, all of which were smooth and as expected (8.5 DIN setting), and I never had a pre-release or a release that I didn't feel confident in.
The last ejection was a higher speed face first frontal ejection, and after retrieving my skis I found one of my toe pieces in a mangled condition. The 'wing' portion of the toe-piece had rotated 90 degrees such that one wing was orientated straight vertical. Upon closer inspection the black plastic piece on the end of one wing had broken off. I had to kick the toe piece with my boot a few times to get it to rotate back to normal so that I could click in, and was able to ski down. Further inspection of the toe piece left me to believe that it was completely compromised, and there was significant side to side slop when the boot was clicked in. I have attached a picture of the damaged toe piece.
Additionally, after only 10 days of riding on them the heel pieces were scratched and marred significantly(I have uploaded pictures), exposing the black plastic beneath. They looked as if there were 50+ days on them. I am pretty confident that after a season the heel pieces would be absent of all paint. Most of these scratches are due to using a pole to release the binding.
Perhaps the broken toe piece was a lemon (failure does happen). however due to the paint chipping alone I would not be able to recommend this binding to anyone, as it does not give me confidence in the quality, durability and design of the binding, which I would expect after paying $300 for them. It is clear that these are not the same Look Pivots of the past, which had a reputation for being completely bomber.
Luckily, Backcountry's excellent return policy was able to get me a full refund on the bindings and I will be trying Solomon STH's instead.
This binding is awesome! I put these on my Mr. Pollard Opus and they work wonderfully. They hold you in when you need it the most. I haven't had to eject, but the release when you just come out of your skis is really smooth. That gives me confidence that they'll release just when you need them to and save your body. I also have these on the MFD Alltime plate and they tour really well too.
I highly recommend this binding.
Does anyone know if the heal on these has...
Does anyone know if the heal on these has the same screw footprint as the Rossignol FKS 180 XXL?
yup. they use the exact same heel piece.
just a FYI on weight
Backcountry has the 140's listed at 1065 grams:
1065 grams is equal to 2.347923 pounds.
maybe for one toe and one heel piece combo is my guess.
Rossi FKS 180 is 5.6 pounds a pair.
Marker Jesters with a 132mm brake are 2065 grams a pair.
have used and owned all the above. They have all been good bindings with no pre release or durability issues.
Look Pivot the deal
Love this binding. Smooth and substantial.
Hey all, trying to decide on bindings for...
Hey all, trying to decide on bindings for my line ep opus 185s, right now i'm down to the look pivot 14s and the marker jesters, but i am open to suggestions i'm 6"1 and 155 pounds very aggressive skier. Thanks!
6'1" 155 lbs?!?!...my suggestion is to eat something.
but seriously...can't go wrong with look. I've been skiing look bindings on all my Dynastar skis over the past 15 years and have never had an issue. I'm 5'7" 160 and ski east coast trees which equates to lots of turning.
I used to be a marker guy but have switched to the Look pivots for my alpine setup. For full disclosure I also have Dukes on my at setup.
I would choose the Jester over the Pivot. The Jester has a wider base that will give you more control over a wider ski.