1. SINGLE BOOT/REAR TOE PIECE
The most classic setup for entry-level slalom skiers, this is the starting point for most beginners. While the vast majority of pro and amateur skiers graduate to a more modern binding configuration, there are certain benefits associated with the rear toe piece that double-booters will never understand. The back leg freedom specifically afforded to toe-strappers allows them to dramatically move their hips to find a more balanced, dynamic position through their turns.
2. DOUBLE BOOTS
Double boots have long been the natural progression for most skiers departing from the more traditional single-binding/ rear-toe-strap setup. Double bindings offer a more secure connection to the ski, allowing the skier to have equal power through both feet. Most skiers feel slightly less vulnerable during wake crossings and stronger through the finish of the turn. However, there are definite drawbacks associated with being more locked to the ski. With your back leg held solidly in place, it becomes more difficult to square your hips as you approach the turn.
The most secure skier-and-ski interface is found among the many hardshell systems currently available. While there are many different ways to attach these boots to your ski, control and comfort are the unifying characteristics of these systems.
Every motion is transferred directly to your ski, allowing you to be far more efficient in your movements. However, for some skiers, this may be a detriment. Overloading the rope or overleaning happen quite easily due to the increased lateral control.