Best Alpine Bindings
Look Pivot 14

Look’s reputation on the slopes and ski gear message boards is sterling. There’s a good reason for this: the Nevada was released in 1950 and is largely considered the first modern ski binding. The design was widely imitated through the 1960s, and the basic design of Look bindings remains the same to this day.

Look can be credited with saving thousands of knees. The word on the hill is that they more consistently and reliably allow for lateral release than any other binding on the market. Their “turntable” heel piece rotates in event of a fall and effectively absorbs impact when you’re stomping jumps.

The Look Pivot’s legendary reputation doesn’t stop with the safety features. It’s an intimate pairing with your ski, it allows for the full range of natural flex across its length. The binding’s low profile design also allows for a lot of lateral stability, meaning you can accurately get your ski on edge and trust the transfer of power throughout the length of your turns.

The heel piece has 7 separate points of connection with your boot, so you can trust it to hold you in place despite its reputation for reliable bailing. Pivot bindings have been trusted by ski professionals and the hardest recreational riders for years. If you get on the wrong ski message boards and recommend anything but Look bindings, you’ll be ripped apart in the threads.

In an exciting side note, we thought it was worth noting the CAST system is an awesome way to turn your Pivot bindings into a hybrid touring set-up. Before there was the Shift, Kingpin, or the Baron; these guys delivered a revolutionary product. Even though there are lighter ways to get your hands on a touring setup, this gives you the option to use your Look Pivot bindings in the backcountry, and it’s the setup that I’m working on transitioning to in my own, personal kit.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

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    Unparalleled reputation in the ski industry
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    Great energy transfer and lateral rigidity
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    Sleek, stylish aesthetic

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot as solid as the all-metal Pivot 15 model

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Specs & Features

  • Type: Alpine
  • Weight: 1115g
  • Din Range: 5-14
  • Boot sole type: Alpine, GripWalk
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Unparalleled reputation in the ski industry
  • check-mark
    Great energy transfer and lateral rigidity
  • check-mark
    Sleek, stylish aesthetic

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot as solid as the all-metal Pivot 15 model

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