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For hard chargers who ski nasty lines and need a crazy-high DIN setting for their fatty planks.

The last thing you want to worry about is throwing a ski midway through your high-speed comp run, so equip yourself with a binding that you can trust like the Look Pivot 18 Ski Binding. This sucker cranks up to 18 to ensure you're as good as locked in (until you drive your ride smack into a wall built out of bombs and concrete).

  • DIN ranges up to 18 for big-mountain, freeride, and bump skiing
  • Pivot toe features four points of contact on the boot for maximum power transmission, while its 180-degree multi-directional release capabilities aid release
  • Toe also has high vertical and lateral elastic travel which provides shock absorption and reduces inadvertent release
  • 72mm AFD (anti-friction device) reduces friction during release and has a wide screw pattern for better contact with wide skis
  • Toe has 40mm of lateral travel
  • Pivot heel provides less pre-release and enables you to set the bindings at lower release values due to 25mm of elastic travel, three points of contact that firmly hold the boot heel, and a heel piece that rotates with the boot directly under the tibia
  • Heel's wide mounting zone offers deeper, rounder, more consistent ski flexing, turning, floating, and smearing
  • All-metal reinforced housing increases binding integrity
  • Three wide brake options accommodate modern to fat skis

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5 5

The Ultimate Alpine Binding

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the ultimate alpine ski binding. The P18 is a legendary piece of equipment that is widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of ski equipment ever produced. I have owned 3 pairs over the years, the oldest pushing into its 11th season next year. This binding will outlast anything else on the market. I HIGHLY recommend the 18 din model over the 14 simply for its increase durability, and performance. The primary difference is in the toe piece, as these two models utilize a completely different structure. The free toe on the 18 will last longer and will deliver a greater elastic travel for those who push both their equipment and bodies to the limit and expect only the highest level of performance year after year. I don't look at the din as a maximum level of holding power but rather as a measure of binding lifespan and durability.
The physical dimensions and engineering of the binding is outstanding and noticeable. The first time you ride a pair, you will notice greater edge control and of course a very low boot height. These two factors culminate to produce a sensation in which you are as closely connected to your skis as possible.
Bottom line: Buy this binding is you're serious about skiing.

5 5

Bomber, confidence inspiring.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on Pivot's for the last decade and there's a reason I haven't strayed from them, they're the best alpine binding there is for hard-charging experts. It is not uncommon to have a pair of these for 5-10 seasons. All metal construction makes them super burly and durable, the pivot heel piece keeps you in when you need to be in, but will let you out before your knee decides to give way.
Being that this a lateral release, high DIN binding, it is typically only used by the higher level freeriders and park skiers who take the big hits and need to be secured to their boards in something trustworthy. Boom...Pivots FTW.

Which bindings should i get for my new...

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Which bindings should i get for my new Armada Magic J ?

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If you are wondering what size brake for the Look Pivot 18 you need to get the big 130mm wide one because your ski is at least 125mm in the waist.

Depending how big you are you might be able to step down to the Look Pivot 14 and save some weight and some cash. But if you are a bigger guy who just bombs and hucks off cliffs then stick with the 18.

would else fit on a pair of K2 Shreditor...

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would else fit on a pair of K2 Shreditor 120 Skis ??

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You MIGHT be able to get by with the XXL(115mm) wide version of this binding if the shop you will mount them at agrees to give the brake a slight tweak if its tight. Or if you don't care about a little extra width in the brake then just go for the 130mm wide version and be done with it. My experience is that roughly 5mm is ok to deal with a slight bend to the brake if needed but more than that gets pretty tough to do. Some shops won't bend them at all so take that into consideration as well.

Don't forget about the pivot 14 if your size and ability level matches up to it better. I always hate to see people get a heavier and more expensive binding unless its necessary.

5 5

My favorite binding ever.

I also think they are one of the safest bindings you can get.

I have gotten into ski touring and I really miss using these bindings.

Back when I was in the ski industry I remember being told how Glen Plake ended up in these Bindings. Gordy B the Look rep at the time met Glen at Sun Valley and talked with him about the virtues of the binding and Glen being sponsored by Salomon agreed to give them a try. He had been recovering from knee surgery and was concerned about how much he had to crank the DIN up in his Salomons in order not to pre release because of how hard he skis. He had Gordy set the din very low in order to try out Gordy's claims about the binding. From Gordy telling me he had them set like at a 7 or 8? Yeah, stupid low for someone like Glen. Glen was off and pounding around the mountain and Gordy finally saw him around lunchtime. Glen had like two pre releases the whole day pounding through the moguls and jumping off god knows what. Gordy cranked him back up to a normal DIN for what somebody like him should be at but not at the ubber stupid extremes that those guys were hitting with their other bindings.

That is my understanding of how Glen ended up on the Multi colored Looks back in the day. If you have any of the old movies you can see where he was one day on Salomons and the next he was on Looks.

The toe has changed a bit but the turntable heel is the same.

They are a great binding if you are worried about your knees and not wanting to over crank out your DIN settings.

5 5

The Hype Is Real!!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After years skiing on Markers and Salomons, wishing for something safer and more durable, I decided to finally take the financial plunge and splurge on these bad boys. WORTH IT!!! These puppies keep you on lockdown, at least until a twisting fall that is. The predictable release on these compared to other brands gives you confidence like no other. I even brought my DIN setting down a full point, because these things are just so reliable at keeping you in when you want and letting you go when you don't. And the durability means you won't need a new pair next season unlike plastic Markers and Tyrolias. Another thing that doesn't usually get mentioned, the shorter mounting platform REALLY DOES GIVE YOU A BETTER FEEL OF THE SKI!! Every other brand of binding I have ever tried leaves the portion of the ski underfoot feeling dead and clunky, where as the way these are mounted to the ski is very direct, with much less plates/plastic/metal in between you and the ski. Result? You can smear, carve, and spin with more precision.
Spend the extra money,
You won't regret it

What size should I get for a ski 115mm...

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What size should I get for a ski 115mm wide? Wide,XXL,130?

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The XXL is a 115mm brake so that will pair up with your skis quite well.

5 5

Great binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After ten years of use and and abuse it's the best binding I've found. Have had several pairs and they just work. For a heads up, mount them with the adjustable arms mostly collapsed. The more they're extended the weaker they are, it's really the bindings only downside.

5 5

A good investment.

The word "bombproof" gets thrown around a lot in the ski industry, but these bindings really do deserve it. I have two pairs, one that's a year old and another that's five or six years young. They both work flawlessly and I expect them to last another five or six years.
UPSIDES
1. Metal. They last forever.
2. Elastic travel means no pre-release, so you can set them lower than other bindings without worrying.
3. When they do release they don't "pop" out, they just come off.
4. Short mounting platform=free flex, centered weight.
5. Boner heel can be engaged manually, without needing to stomp down (great for powder).
6. Pivot heel design is supposedly easier on your knees. Fingers crossed on that one.
DOWNSIDES
1. Metal. Heavy.
2. High DIN, not for everyone.
3. No adjustability. Get new boots? Better be the same shell size or that's a remount.
4. No interchangeable brakes. If you break them, Rossignol will replace them, but ONLY with the size you purchased. And you have to send them in; they won't ship them to you.
5. Expensive.

I also don't ski hard enough to actually NEED these bindings. I look at it as $250 or so that I don't have to spend every few seasons replacing sloppy or broken plastic bindings, so in the end they are worth it. For the record, the Pivot 14's are also very nice bindings with a great track record and vertical release. Haven't failed me yet.

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I�m 180 lbs and 5�9 aggressive skier. Now I set din around 12, but there is more space for improve my skiing. I worried if pivot 14 would be enough for a couple years.

Anyone know if the toe height is adjusta...

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Anyone know if the toe height is adjustable?

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No. The toes have a single piece housing that is not adjustable, other than DIN setting. They do have pre-loaded downward pressure, but it is set to within a narrow spec and won't automatically adjust to fit, say, really worn-out shells or touring boots with rockered soles.

Best brake width for the 2012/2013 Rossignol...

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Best brake width for the 2012/2013 Rossignol Squad 7? Thanks a lot!

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Rossi Squad 7 is 120mm underfoot. I would go with the XXL size in the 115mm brake and bend them out just a bit to accommodate your ski. The 130mm B130 model is just going to be a tad too wide.

Will the XXL fit Helldorado ski?

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Will the XXL fit Helldorado ski?

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They would be perfect for the Helldorados as they are not too close or too far from the width of the brake.

5 5

Still the best

Look Pivot 18s (Rossi FKS too) - in my opinion - are still the best binding on the market. Burly construction, rarely if ever pre-release and given the elasticity in the heel, you don't need to run the DIN as high as you might on other bindings. Worth the $.

I'm looking for a full metal binding, and...

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I'm looking for a full metal binding, and this is the one with the lowest DIN range. I usually ski around 10, but like to set it to a lower setting when I dedicate full days in the trees. Im wondering If its ok to set these binding to the minimum DIN setting. I want to set these at 8, and thats the lowest they go. I don't see why not, since DIN is a standard and bindings have to live up to that standard, but would like Backcountry's opinion on this.

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If you want backcountrys opinion on this you can enter a live chat. They provide great information!

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Hey Vaip!
You definitely want to seek a binding in which you will be using the middle range of its DIN settings. This is by far your safest bet. At the very least you want to be about 2 points above the lowest available DIN setting on your binding. I suggest checking out this Look Pivot in the Pivot 14 model. It isn't full metal, but it will probably be more suitable for you than this 18 model.

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I know this is an older question, but to the op you could look at the Tyrolia bindings for a metal binding with a greater din range.

I am responding to Lexi D's comment. I know she shreds much more than I do, but I believe this is misinformation she is sharing. The common thinking was that if you got too close to the low end of the din range the spring would become slack and the binding would be slow to respond. If you got too close to the high end of the din range, the binding would be too compressed and stiff in releasing. I do not believe a Look binding engineer would make these statements regarding this binding. Another reason why people advise to buy bindings in the middle of the din range is so an advance/expert skier gets a binding which can hold up. For instance a skier who skis at a din of 9 would stand a good chance of breaking many 10 max bindings.
I think these bindings would be fine for a skier at din 8. Just be aware that the toe on these is aimed at retention and the toe on the Pivot14 is more aimed at release.

Will the 115 work with a 107 side cut ski...

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Will the 115 work with a 107 side cut ski without bending it?

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Hey ronp406930,

Thanks for the question. Assuming that you are talking about the waist of the ski when you mention the 107mm measurement, then that 115 will work just fine with a ski of that dimension without any bending needed.

I just purchased a pair of Blizzard Bonafide...

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I just purchased a pair of Blizzard Bonafide 180's. Which Pivot 18 matches up best with the 98mm sidecut?

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If I were you I would snag the 95 mm brakes (size Wide) and bend them 1.5mm on each side to fit. If you are totally opposed to bending you'd need the 115mm brakes, but most shops should be happy to make that 95 brake work for you. Sounds like a killer setup!

5 5

They age well like a good scotch

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The reason this binding design has been around so long is it rules. I have been skiing a Rosi FKS (same binding just different branding) for the last 6 seasons and absolutely love it. I never pre release out of these and only release when I need to. I have broken the rear post on them twice in the 6 years and both times Rosi has fixed them for me. Compared to Marker or Salomon bindings this binder has less play in the toe and heal and and can withstand abuse for many more seasons. It even holds up better than the STH 16 full metal over time and costs almost $150 less.

5 5

MeTaL

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once you have a pair of these (or FKS) you basically have a lifetime supply of bindings. They can take a huge beating and are the most dependable bindings I've ever used. If you do explode out of your Pivot 18 binding, then you really earned it. These will hold on tight thanks to the large amount of elastic travel. Honestly I'm not big or rowdy enough to neeeeeed these bindings, but after buying a used pair 5 years ago (old Rossi version) from a former racer who put a few hard years on his, they are still going strong. You'll wear out your skis way before you wear out your bindings. Highly recommended!

5 5

they age well like a good scotch

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The reason this binding design has been around so long is it rules. I have been skiing a Rosi FKS (same binding just different branding) for the last 6 seasons and absolutely love it. I never pre release out of these and only release when I need to. I have broken the rear post on them twice in the 6 years and both times Rosi has fixed them for me. Compared to Marker or Salomon bindings this binder has less play in the toe and heal and and can withstand abuse for many more seasons. It even holds up better than the STH 16 full metal over time and costs almost $150 less.

Does anyone know if you can switch out the...

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Does anyone know if you can switch out the brake for a different size?

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Technically a good shop can do this but it is not recommended. I would buy the size break you need and not modify them.

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