Even though some of those start at 5 you would still go that route rather than a 11 din that started at 3?
When you are buying a better binding, you are not necessarily buying a bigger spring but a better housing. A better housing creates a better interface/coupling between the boot and the ski and thus will allow the ski to perform better. There is a good thread here about the shortcomings of the Z12...paging @KingGrump to the white (no offense) courtesy phone. Found it...Read this thread.The only one that starts at 5, which is fine BTW, is the STH2 13. Technically for the money I would not go with that one. a binding that has a DIN range that start at 3 or 4 or even 5 are fine. You do not need a binding with a high DIN range. In fact you could go with Attack 11 or 12, Look SPX 12, Salomon Z12, or plain Marker Griffon and they are all sub $200.
And it (and its rossi equivalent the Axial3) can often be found very cheap. Ex -- $70 shipped (probably wrong brake width for you, but they are easy to source): https://www.evo.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/rossignol-axial3-120#image=80657/376763/rossignol-axial3-120-ski-bindings-2015-black-white.jpgThe SPX 12 is a good binding that is often over looked. Rock solid from my experience.
Depends on who you ask. Pivot fanboys will say yes. 95% of recreational skiers will never notice a performance difference. And it's the SPX heel design that is used on all their race-oriented skis. Take that for what you will.Is the Look Pivot worth the extra $ over the SPX
As an instructor, I hate my Pivots. They look cool, but they're a pain to take off and put on because the heel pieces like to spin around aimlessly when I kick them off. Also, I've found they're annoying to get on in deeper snow.Is the Look Pivot worth the extra $ over the SPX