First post here. Woot! Nice forum BTW.
I bought a set of Burton step-ins new in '95 or '96. I've put a fair number of "miles" on these (they're not really too worse for the wear) since then but I've been using the search function and came across a couple of posts that have me more than a little concerned.
I'm no wicked carver by any stretch. I've been hitting the hill with hardies since my first pair of hot pink Koflachs in '89 (or was it '90). I'm weighing in at 200 lbs and am currently riding an Oxygen FR166 with Burton Shadow boots. I've actually had, what I would consider, pretty good luck with these bindings. The step-in mechanism works pretty well even if it is a bit dated. I'm pretty good at attending to them and keeping them maintained & tight.
My question is: has anyone here experienced a catastrophic failure of these bindings?
While I'm looking at upgrading boots and bindings in the near future I would still like to keep these binders for another alpine board that I just picked up.
Additionally; has anyone had their Intec mechanisms freeze so that they can't unlock from their bindings? If so, how often does it happen? Does it happen often enough that I should be wary of buying the Intec system.
Oh yeah, one last thing. Anybody out there in the Portland, Oregon, area that gives lessons on general carving technique?
Thanks for the patience with the questions.