Hi. I'm kinda a long time visitor to some of the discussions and this is my first post, so I'm sorry if this is a overpopulated topic or a not so acceptable use of the forum, in which case I'll learn better for the future. I just figure before I invest money in a new binding setup, I'd be stupid to not at least try to reach out to some clearly knowledgeable people for advice.
I'm looking into getting a new binding setup to hopefully prevent future ankle sprains and injuries. I'm mainly considering either a reflex and rtp or double wileys (these are what two people recommended to me), and greatly appreciate any advice from y'all if you're willing to offer it.
(If this is not a good use of this forum, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to rectify it if possible)
A little background info if it helps:
I currently ski a 66" vapor lithium (5'11", 155lbs) with a vector front and wiley rtp and have become rather comfortable running 34 mph (my only two times trying 36, I got 4 buoys each) (no tournament scores, so no official PB), and with my rather limited access to course skiing (pretty non-existent this summer), I know I could be running into 22 or even 28 off soon given the opportunity for more practice.
I've had two ankle sprains, both on offside (LFF) 4 ball turns (one overturned [on a community ski] and the other I was working on looking to the next buoy sooner and hit the one in front of me, both times resulting in the ski dragging the water behind me, a situation I'm confident a reflex would've released; And after the second sprain, I know that I need to change something to ensure that I either keep both or no feet in.
I know bindings are to be considered the last line of defense against injury as smart skiing and not pushing it when your already behind is the best method, but I can't deny that occasionally, crap happens and I get dumb; But I'm usually pretty good about backing out of, or circumventing a bad situation. I also realize there is no perfect setup for preventing injury (other than staying on the dock).
I know the release mechanics of wiley and reflex, and I know that some consider reflex to be only for extreme short-line skiing and some don't. As a fan of the rear kicker, I'm more than willing to do the maintenance and regular release test with a reflex (thanks to Mr. Horton for making demonstrating very valuable info). I know switching to doubles or reflex will take a transition period, but I also know that I need to change something for the sake of my ankle.
Sorry for the long post (holly crap I'm sorry, just want to include as much detail that might potentially help), and thanks in advance for any advice y'all are willing to offer! I greatly appreciate any help and advice y'all provide.