>My local shop recommended that I mount my bindings 1cm forward of center
>for the type of skiing that I like to do (bumps, short quick turns). I
>have heard completely contrasting opinions on whether to mount your
>bindings forward or not. A member of the Canadian Freestyle team told me
>that they mount their bindings forward because it makes the skis harder
>to turn (more stable). The guys in the shop tell me that mounting the
>bindings forward makes it easier to initiate a turn - mount them forward
>for short, quick turns, mount them back for long, stable carved turns.
>These are obviously conflicting theories. What have you heard or
Here goes. Way back when, Marker had this plate onto which you mounted
your Simplex toes and your turtable longthong bindings (see I told you
it was a long time ago). The theory being that you could use one pair
of skis for slalom AND GS. Slide the plate (and therefore the binding)
forward for Slalom and back for GS, There was also a "neutral" position
for free skiing. I tried this and generally like the effect, but,
like other adjustable binding features, I tended to set it and forget
For the same effect today, try common demo bindings which can move
both the toe and the heel. Both of my regular skis have these, one
because I bought used demos and the other because I wanted to be
able to loan my skis. The toes can move a couple of cm fore and aft,
plenty to see what the effect is. My reason for the moveable toe is
really moot because the person I wanted to be able to use my skis
is a woman, toe pieces in the proper position for my boot sole length
is effectively too far forward for a smaller boot, but a woman, because
of differnt center of gravity, will benefit from a binding being set
further ahead than it would be for a man.
Anyway, if your foot is further forward on the ski, there will be
more weight on the front part of the ski. This will generally cause
the tip edges to engage more readily and initiate the turn quicker.
Don't go overboard here. A cm is generally enough or you may find
your tips "hooking". Of course this is probably better than having
your tails hook when in bumps.
>It seems to me that moving the bindings back would give you more shovel
>to flex, and should increase the turning power. Moving the bindings
>forward would give you less shovel to flex, and a longer tail which acts
>as a rudder, making it harder to turn. Any references to articles
>addressing binding mounting position would be greatly appreciated.
To carve a turn, you need the whole ski to flex. For skiddy little
turns like you make in bumps, you want the tips to engage quickly.
A little bit forward is probably OK.
The difference is very slight, so the lever arm length difference
is insignificant, it's where the weight concentrates that seems
A big HOWEVER, if you buy dedicated bump skis (K2 WinterHeat of a
few years ago comes to mind) the manufacturer probably took this into
account with his binding location recommendation. Stick with it.
Again, you may want to experiment using demo bindings. Or just go
ahead and put demo binding on your skis. They are a bid heavier,
though, so consider this also. I use them and the weight doesn't
seem to bother except on the trip from car to lift.
Hope this helps.
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