You may have noticed: The array of binding options is overwhelming. To help you sort through the confusion, SKI invited each binding manufacturer to spend a day at Stowe, Vt., last winter to present its new products for review.
Like other companies with complete systems, Rossignol develops its bindings in tandem with its boots and skis. "Our bindings retain the utmost respect for the preprogrammed characteristics of the ski," says Product Manager Jason Newell.
This company's sensitivity to quality control may explain why it ranks as one of the most trusted among racers on the World Cup. It also contributes to Tyrolia's No. 2 position in market share worldwide.
SKI also tested a number of add-on lifter/plates, some of which are more or less endemic to a particular binding manufacturer, some more generic. Floaters and lifters are where it's at¿for all skiers beyond Newcomers.
Rossignol joins Salomon in the systems game by now building bindings specifically for super sidecut skis. These systems promote a tighter coupling between boot and binding, and allow no play between the binding and the ski itself.