For the last 2 years or so I have skied with the Reflex System and a white cuff boot and R Style rear boot. This spring I have been skiing with the HO Syndicate Hard Shell and the Edge Hard Shell systems. The 3 systems all use the Silvretta mechanical release.
The Reflex version has been the industry standard for decades. It is the choice of more elite skiers than any other binding product. The HO Syndicate Hard Shell and the Edge are a refinement of that classic Reflex design. There are a number of small improvements to the plate and how the boot fits on the plate that arguably make the new systems superior to the Reflex. Those changes are cool but for me IT IS ALL ABOUT THE BOOT.
The actual shell Edge and HO are using is what gets me excited. The shape of the shell simply fits my foot better. The biggest difference to me is from the ball of my foot forward. The HO / Edge boot gives a snug positive fit down there by my toes.
It is hard to measure but I suspect that the Edge and HO shells are more pliable and flex more evenly then the Reflex white cuff boot. I also LOVE the buckles. I get the same fit every time.
So yes I really really like the new boots. To be fair to Reflex, a different liner might solve my fit issue and I have not skied in the new Reflex Supershell system. I should also mention that my all-time best tournament score was with a Reflex White cuff.
So what is the difference between the Edge and the HO?? There are two real differences. The HO liner is far superior, the Edge is less expensive.
Get your Edge System at http://www.edgewaterski.com/
Get your Syndicate Hard Shell at PerSki
Want to stay with the industry standard? Get it at http://reflexwaterskiusa.com/