I've looked for this topic in the forums and couldn't find anything satisfactory, so I decided to make a new discussion. I apologize ahead of time if I overlooked anything.
I recently started skiing again this year after a 16-17 year break. I was 13 the last time I skied, so I didn't really have any equipment. I liberated what equipment I needed from my parents ski shed. This included a 1999 kd7000 with the original binders in size small. I'm a size 9.5-10 shoe and the binders will fit, but my feet feel like they're on fire after around 4 passes. I also managed to take a few nasty falls this year which did a number on the extensor tendon in my ankle and (along with some other related injuries) cut the season short. I feel that the binder may have been a contributory factor, so I'm looking for something safer.
Currently I want to keep the kd7000 and just replace the binders. I made a deal with myself at the beginning of this past season that I wouldn't get a new ski until I met some personal goals. However, given injuries and the resultant downtime I wasn't able to meet those goals this year, so by my own rules I'm stuck with the ski. Still, I don't think there's any reason to stick with binders which could contribute to further injuries and cut next season short again. Injuries really set me back this year and I don't want it to happen again. What binders would the community recommend for safety, performance, and comfort? Also, if there are any binder recommendations and considerations I'd love to hear them.
Safety is most important to me, but I would like to maintain as much performance/stability as possible. I'm currently skiing at 36 mph and hope to make it past 15' off and into some shorter lines next year.