Expert Review: Look Pivot 12 GW Ski Bindings · 2023

Published on 08/26/2022 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2021.
Eliot Koerner, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Eliot Koerner

All photos courtesy of Eliot Koerner

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2021.

My take

The 2021 Look Pivot 12 Bindings are extremely durable bindings aimed toward intermediate to expert skiers that gives one a close connection to their ski—enabling the ski’s natural flex.

About the bindings I own

  • Model: 2021 Look Pivot 12 Bindings

About me

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Preferred DIN range: 8
  • Experience: 3 years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: January 2021
  • Days tested: 150
  • Boots: 2017 Full Tilt First Chair 90
  • Boot Size: 26.5
  • Skis: 2021 Line Blend Pro Model
  • Where I’ve used it: Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Eldora, CO.
  • Terrain: Park, groomers, moguls, bowls, chutes, all-mountain.

How they perform

Durability
5/5
Power Transfer
5/5
Release Reliability
5/5
Versatility
4/5
Uphill Performance
1/5

What I was looking for

I was in the market for a reliable binding that was durable enough to withstand a beating. Pivots are my go-to bindings for any inbound skiing as they’re market leading in freeride and freestyle skiing.

Why I chose this gear

I decided to buy these bindings because they’re known for reliability, and they allow me to use a lower DIN setting without releasing prematurely. Although I was skiing with the 2016 Salomon Warden 11 bindings at the time, I chose to convert to Pivots because of their reliability ratings.

What I love about it

  • Release Reliability: With unmatched release reliability the Pivot has a turn-table heel piece design that allows a slight lateral movement. This feature enables the heel to click back in when other bindings may have a premature release.
  • Downhill Performance: Due to the shortened mountain pattern on the Pivot bindings, they allow me to feel the natural flex of the ski, resulting in a very responsive downhill performance.
  • Durability: These bindings can last for years. With more plastic and less metal, the Pivot 12 is less durable but lighter. However, most parts of these bindings are easily replaceable—making them well worth the money in my mind.
  • Weight: 1105g per ½ pair is notably lighter than its big brothers (Pivot 14 and up at 2210g per ½ pair), allowing airs to be lighter as well as saving my legs for more laps in the day.
  • Power Transfer: Unmatched power transfer is achieved with a short mounting area, which allows me to feel the natural flex of the ski.
  • Other: The turn-table heel piece allows for easy step in with powder. If ice builds up, it’s easy to swivel to get it out.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Uphill Performance: Weight is an issue when I use a CAST system. This allows me to turn Pivot 15 into a touring binding by swapping the toe piece with the Marker KingPin toe piece. Ice buildup is also affected, making it take a long time to switch from uphill to downhill performance.

Favorite moment with this gear

I was blasting through moguls with my girlfriend one day, and upon making a really hard turn, I felt my right heel start to release. Having happened before with my old bindings, I thought I was about to lose my right ski. But suddenly I felt the elasticity of the heel piece pull me back in. Full win for me and the Pivot.

Value for the money vs. other options

There are no other options on the market that offer this style of heel piece. Also, these bindings are durable enough to last well over one season—making them worth their money. A similar binding on the market, but one not offering the turntable heel piece, is the Tyrolia Attack 14: a versatile freeride binding trusted by pros at a similar price.

Final verdict

The Look Pivot Bindings allow me to trust my binding, giving me the ability to ski to my fullest without worrying about my gear failing me.

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