Harris wrote:The Meidjo definitely is the best skiing NTN I've used as well, but he needs to burl up the pin part of the binding at least to the level of a Dynafit Radical, and then make the entire base plate a single aluminum piece instead of that separate formed stainless piece that anchors the bale. I think that would make the binding untouchable.
But what does that mean from the person who just rekindled his love for 75mm bindings (minus the lack of step-in function -- though you might consider Burnt Mtn 75mm Spike binding for that)?
Bishop recently revealed its new binding and one of its responses as to why it stayed with the heel attachment is that, in Bishop's view, the heel attachment brings a more progressive and natural feel to the motion. Although I've only demo'd some NTN bindings, I guess I agree with that. That is, except for those who ski tall, the stiffness of NTN makes it less smooth and the progression to resistance is very abrupt. So, is Meidjo smooth to the bottom of the turn or is it just smoother to a deeper point compared to other NTN options but still smooth to the bottom of the turn (of a moderate to low knee skier)?
Like the others state, the Meidjo does feel more like a 75mm progression than the other NTN bindings I've used, and the Outlaws to me seem halfway between the Rotts and the Meidjo, and the Meidjo sits down on the top sheet more, which I could definitely feel and liked, and it also allows a bit more flex forward than the other bindings (but it is still limited, drflax is spot on in his assessment, and overflexing without allowing the leg to get pulled back it is what I think opened the pin springs and caused the spring bale attach point to rip out), but had it not been for the afore mentioned absurdly quick mechanical failing using them aggressively in steep technical terrain (a bumped out double black chute) I would have stuck with it because it is so much better to ski than my Rotts were, but now going back to the duckbill and active cables I prefer the way it/they ski. Obviously it is a matter of taste, but the lateral stiffness of the NTN design might seem like a logical plus on paper, but the duckbill feels more natural in that it allows the knee to move outside the ski rather that strictly and directly above it. NTN no matter the version likes to be steered with a more delicate touch via toes; whereas duckbills with the BOF and knee, which seems much more forgiving. But obviously both can work well on the right feet. I'd say I skied NTN very well, but I ski duckbills more freely, confidently, with more variety of depth and biasing, and even IMO more stylishly. Definitely. As for the step in, as much as I have spent on bindings now I'm willing to deal with the heel latching. And I think a lot of the lack of lateral stiffness I'm liking, which is strictly felt only outward at the bellows with my setup, would be lost using the new Bishops because they don't use cables and dual independent springs. It looks to me that the new Bishops are designed to make a duckbill ski like an NTN. Just a hunch.