Expert Review: 2023 Look SPX 15 Rockerace Ski Bindings

Published on 02/23/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.
Austen Law, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Austen Law

All photos courtesy of Austen Law

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2022.

My take

The new LOOK SPX 15 Rockerace is an excellent choice for front-side resort skiing. These bindings are geared for a skier at an intermediate to an expert level. They are known for being one of the best bindings on the market.

About the gear

  • Model: 2023 LOOK SPX 15 Rockerace

About me

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Preferred DIN range: 10-15
  • Experience: 26 years skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: November 2022
  • Days tested: 10+
  • Boots: 2022 Salomon S/Race 130 and Rossignol All Track Elite 130 LV
  • Boot Size: 26.5
  • Skis: 2021 Rossignol Sender and 2021 Rossignol Experience 82
  • Where I’ve used it: Mt. Bachelor
  • Terrain: Powder, groomer, mixed snow

How they perform

Power Transfer
Release Reliability

What I was looking for

I was looking for an ultra-safe and reliable brand of binding that was great for resort skiing. I needed these bindings to be able to go to a high DIN setting but allow me to stay in with no chance of coming out while resort skiing.

Why I chose this gear

I chose the LOOK SPX 15 because the DIN set went up to a 12, which is high enough for me while I resort ski. I also like the heel piece with the high-tension spring. Not only does it come down on the back of the heel of the boot, but makes me feel safer. It allows 27mm of elastic travel for best-in-class shock absorption and retention. I chose these because the long elastic travel ensures me, as a rider, more reliable retention, so I don’t release out of my bindings. LOOK SPX has the most elastic travel, both lateral and vertical, and the quickest recentering before release.

What I love about them

  • Release Reliability: These bindings have some of the best release ratings and reliability. The LOOK SPX family offers the longest elastic travel on the market for unmatched shock absorption. These bindings, matched with a skier's skill level and weight, will ensure they stay in safely and properly and never cause any pre-release out of the binding.
  • Downhill Performance: Excellent secure feel. The SPX 15 is an excellent and secure binding, making me the best skier I can be while feeling safe. These are very well built, feel very sturdy, and assure the skier a good feeling with the long loaded spring pushing down on the heel of the boot.
  • Durability: LOOK has always been known for its great quality of products. These bindings are easily repairable and have a great warranty. The SPX 15 comes with a limited one-year warranty after the date of purchase. LOOK has always taken care of me when my binding has a problem. Whether it breaks and needs repair, or if need be, they will replace the binding.
  • Weight: There are lighter options on the market, but these give a skier a good feel of security and safety. Weight isn’t any heavier than an average binding.
  • Power Transfer: The SPX gives the heel an extra ramp forward, and the power transfer is better for me, as it allows me to get a more forward angle on the ski.
  • Versatility: These ski bindings allow me to ski confidently all over the mountain with ease and sturdiness and allow a multitude of ski boot soles to fit.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Uphill Performance: Not able to be a hybrid binding as it is a downhill-specific binding.
  • Other: If someone is worried about weight, these aren't the lightest bindings available.

Favorite moment with this gear

Having skied for many years, it has always been nice to have a feeling of safety and security from my bindings that I know I’ll stay in. They will release, don’t get me wrong, but it is nice to have a little travel in the binding when I jump cliffs or land a jump wrong, and I can stay in. It is no wonder that most professional big mountain and park skiers use LOOK bindings.

When I jumped a sizable cliff at Mt. Baker, Washington, I landed a little off-center, and the SPX 15 allowed me to stay in and keep skiing when I knew if I had another brand of bindings, I would have been hiking up the hill to find my skis. The forgiveness of these ski bindings is incredible.

Value for the money vs. other options

Compromising safety is never an option for me, so I have always and forever purchased and rode LOOK bindings. Safety and reliability are always worth the money. Some other good options are the LOOK Pivot, which is more of a free-ride or park-rider binding style. They allow even more travel and forgiveness. Or from another manufacturer, the Warden 13 MNC is also a great binding.

Final verdict

For every condition, the LOOK SPX 15 is the best binding to do it all. From high-speed groomer skiing to stomping big cliffs, the SPX 15 is a great binding for any skier. The SPX 15 Rockerace is a binding for intermediate to expert-level skiers. They offer the most travel for bindings and are GripWalk compatible, offering superior shock absorption and great retention. These new LOOK SPX 15 have the strongest retention and longest elastic travel on the market, delivering instant power transfer and great control with superior shock absorption for reduced pre-release. These are some of the only bindings I would recommend for an advanced skier needing a binding for the frontside resort.

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