Comparison Review 2021 Look Bindings

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MODELSTAND HEIGHT (mm)DELTASETTING RANGEWEIGHT (g/pr)STANDARD BRAKE SIZES (mm)OPTIONAL BRAKE SIZES (mm)
NX 10 GW18.5.1°3-10160083, 93, 10073
NX 11 GW18.5.1°3.5-11183090, 10083, 120
NX 12 GW18.5.3°3.5-12203090, 100, 12083
SPX 12 GW18.5.3°3.5-12222090, 100, 12073
Pivot 12 GW18.5.5°4-12229075, 95, 115130
Pivot 14 GW18.5.5°5-14229075, 95, 115130
Pivot 15 GW18.5.2°6-15249095, 115, 13075
Pivot 18 GW18.5.2°8-18249075, 95, 115, 13075
NX 12 Konect (demo/system)33.3°3.5-12270090, 10083, 120
SPX 12 Konect (demo/system)33.3°3.5-12290090, 100, 12083
All non-race Look bindings are GripWalk-compatible.
Note: All specs are based on information available at time of publishing and are subject to change.

Look NX 10 GW and NX 11 GW
  • Pluses: Lightweight, multidirectional toe release, easy step-in heel
  • Minuses: Older design but still does the job
  • Color Options: Black, Silver Sparkle, Black/White (NX 10)
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon Z10, Z12, Warden 11; Fischer Attack2 11 AT; Marker Squire 11 ID; Tyrolia Attack2 11 GW

Look NX 12 GW
  • Pluses: Multidirectional toe release, simple WTR adjustment, accepts GripWalk
  • Minuses: Lightweight heel
  • Color options: Black
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon Z12, Warden MNC 11; Fischer Attack2 11 AT; Marker Squire 11 ID; Tyrolia Attack2 11 GW, Attack2 12 GW

Look SPX 12 GW
  • Pluses: Multidirectional toe release, simple WTR adjustment, accepts GripWalk, responsive heel
  • Minuses: Heavy, long mount distance. Henry Ford would be happy with the color options.
  • Color options: Black, Grey Organic, Black Petrol, Black Wine.
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon Warden MNC 13, STH2 WTR 13; Fischer Attack2 13 AT; Look Pivot 12 Dual, Pivot 14 Dual; Marker Griffon 13 ID; Tyrolia Attack2 13 GW

Look Pivot 12 GW
  • Pluses: Multidirectional toe release, GripWalk, shortest mount distance, low rotation weight, most elasticity in heel
  • Minuses: Very little range of adjustment, can be quirky to get into, low brakes can get caught landing switch, no more WTR; you can't get the cool Pugski-influenced Forza motif
  • Color options: Black Icon
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon STH2 WTR 13, Warden MNC 13; Look Pivot 14 GW; Marker Griffon 13 ID; Tyrolia Attack2 13 GW

Look Pivot 14 GW
  • Pluses: Responsive heel, 20 mm travel, shortest mount distance, lowest rotation weight, most elasticity in heel
  • Minuses: Very little range of adjustment, can be quirky to get into, low brakes can get caught landing switch (same binding as 12, just a slightly stronger spring)
  • Color options: Forza 2.0, Black Icon
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon STH2 WTR 16, Look Pivot 12 GW, Tyrolia Attack2 13 GW

Look Pivot 15 GW
  • Pluses: All metal, single-pivot toe; the Pivot 15 is back
  • Minuses: WTR AFD optional, must be changed before toe piece is installed (AFD Part #FCEF002), not compatible with GripWalk
  • Color options: Forza 2.0, Gold, Raw
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon STH2 WTR 16; Look Pivot 14 GW; Marker Jester 16 ID, Jester 18 Pro; Tyrolia Attack2 16 GW, Attack2 18 X GW

Look Pivot 18 GW
  • Pluses: All metal, single-pivot toe
  • Minuses: WTR AFD optional, must be changed before toe piece is installed (AFD Part #FCEF002), not compatible with GripWalk
  • Color options: Forza 2.0, Black
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon STH2 WTR 16; Look Pivot 14 Dual; Marker Jester 16 ID, Jester 18 Pro; Tyrolia Attack2 16 GW, Attack2 18 X GW

Demo/System Bindings

Look NX 12 Konect

  • Adjustment range: 260-377 mm
  • Toolless length adjustment: Yes, w/manual AFD
  • Sole compatibility: DIN, GripWalk, WTR
  • Pluses: Easy step-in heel, easiest to adjust for DIN/WTR, accepts GripWalk
  • Minuses: Tall stand height, heavy for entry-level demo
  • Color options: Black/White
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon Warden MNC 11 DT; Marker FDT TPX 12, Squire 11 TCX D; Tyrolia Attack2 11 AT Demo

Look SPX 12 Konect
  • Adjustment range: 260-377 mm
  • Toolless length adjustment: Yes, w/manual AFD
  • Sole compatibility: DIN, GripWalk, WTR
  • Pluses: Easiest to adjust for DIN/WTR, accepts GripWalk
  • Color options: Black/White
  • Minuses: Tall stand height, heaviest of all demos
  • Others to consider: Atomic/Salomon Warden MNC 13 DT; Marker Griffon 13 TCX D, Griffon 13 D; Tyrolia Attack2 13 AT Demo
 

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Nice Summary, Thanks. Now I need some help deciding the right pivot for me. I'm 6'2" 190 and 55yo. Just getting back into skiing this past year, rented. I was expert level when younger, but don't know if I'll get back to that given my age and limited access to the slopes (2 maybe 3 weekends a year). I've bought new Rustler 9's and looking for binders now. No boots yet, hoping to like the fit of the new Salomon Shift Pro GW boot (prolly size 28). I think I've read that the Pivot 15/18 has a much more solid feel. My din is gonna be around 7 so I don't need the higher din. Money is not issue, $60-$100 difference won't break me. I'm concerned about durability and feel. Appreciate some input guys. Thanx.

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Nice Summary, Thanks. Now I need some help deciding the right pivot for me. I'm 6'2" 190 and 55yo. Just getting back into skiing this past year, rented. I was expert level when younger, but don't know if I'll get back to that given my age and limited access to the slopes (2 maybe 3 weekends a year). I've bought new Rustler 9's and looking for binders now. No boots yet, hoping to like the fit of the new Salomon Shift Pro GW boot (prolly size 28). I think I've read that the Pivot 15/18 has a much more solid feel. My din is gonna be around 7 so I don't need the higher din. Money is not issue, $60-$100 difference won't break me. I'm concerned about durability and feel. Appreciate some input guys. Thanx.

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I forgot to include my other concern about added weight, but I think your succinct response answered that anyways. Thanks Philpug!!!
 

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@Philpug Does the “GW” after most bindings not indicate GripWalk compatability? Thought the 15 and 18 were GripWalk (Because they had “GW” after the names).
 
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@Philpug Does the “GW” after most bindings not indicate GripWalk compatability? Thought the 15 and 18 were GripWalk (Because they had “GW” after the names).
The GW does indicate Gripwalk. If you switch to the WTR AFD, that is not Gripwalk.
 
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Does the Pivot 15 have the same low range of adjustability as the 12 and 14?
As far as adjustment for different BSL? Yes, that is inherent in the Pivot heel design.
 

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I have maybe 8 pair or 12GW, 14GW, 18 and before, never had any breakage, etc over 40 years no knee or ankle injuries while they were on my feet. Weight 205# 6' I ski 187cm or 190cm skis. Same settings 7 or 8. No touring experience.
 
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I have maybe 8 pair or 12GW, 14GW, 18 and before, never had any breakage, etc over 40 years no knee or ankle injuries while they were on my feet. Weight 205# 6' I ski 187cm or 190cm skis. Same settings 7 or 8. No touring experience.
You sound like a Look loyalist, good on ya. Only breakage I have experienced with Look is the old RS bindings of the early 80's and that was due to the sub par plastics that were being used back then...but that issue was across the board with almost every binding manufacturer, a problem that persisted into the 90's.
 

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So nice to see the Pivot 15 option after the decade of lessor options.
Less excited to see that they are 'GW' compliant though...
 
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Less excited to see that they are 'GW' compliant though...
Why? There is no cost in performance, it is not a moving or mechanical AFD. If you are that concerned on not being GW complaint, the toe is backwards compatible with the older DIN AFD's.
 

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Why? There is no cost in performance, it is not a moving or mechanical AFD. If you are that concerned on not being GW complaint, the toe is backwards compatible with the older DIN AFD's.
Are the 'older DIN AFD's' readily available for a fair price? I can't imagine them being stocked by many dealers.(much like brake width replacement turntables)
 
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Are the 'older DIN AFD's' readily available for a fair price? I can't imagine them being stocked by many dealers.(much like brake width replacement turntables)
They should be available. I had some extra ones but ended up using them for customers with had AFD's IIRC retail should be about $20/pair. Here are pictures of the two AFD's....
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From the lower picture it LOOKs like the GW AFD raises up the toe quite a bit. That a lot of gas pedal effect.
Binding delta is all over the place these days.
 
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From the lower picture it LOOKs like the GW AFD raises up the toe quite a bit. That a lot of gas pedal effect.
Binding delta is all over the place these days.
2mm height difference.
 

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Aside from weight, reliability (real or perceived), and coolness factor, is there any noticable difference between Pivot plastic (12, 14) and metal (15, 18) toes? How about quality of release, perhaps due to retractable wings vs solid rotating toe piece?

Also, any comments on multi-directional or vertical release? I've heard claims that the metal toes don't have vertical release, yet some indicate they do. A cutout on the 15/18 shows a wedge milled off the vertical shaft, suggesting the toe piece can rotate forward. I've tried dialling down my 12s to test a vertical toe release -- it takes a lot of force even at DIN 4.

 

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