On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 09:22:32 +0100, "Paul Schofield"
>I own some Head i.C180 skis - and very nice they are. However they have
>binding rails with positional adjustment of +- 10mm forwards and backwards
>(actually by offsetting in the boot size adjustment I reckon I could get
>another 15mm of movement). I'm a reasonable, but not stellar skier - just
>about ready to discover the delights (?) of off-piste. Thus far I've just
>kept them stuck in the middle position, but would welcome some advice/input
>about this setting. What should I expect to be different in the different
>positions. Are some conditions easier to ski, with the feet further back or
>forward on the skis?
Well in theory this is the case, and you may see it marked on the
binding (certainly Atomics do) that one position is for 'Race' and the
opposite is for, err, I can't remember:-) The theory is, I think, that
for real high-speed work you'd want more ski in front of you == more
Whether you'd notice the difference depends very much on you and the
ski itself - my own experience of off-cented bindings are somewhat
inconclusive, but I'll share them anyway.
1. Early last season, I think it was, I demoed the 'new' Bandit B2, as
a replacement for my XXs. Conditions were reasonably good, with some
soft-ish snow off-piste and nmicely groomed stuff on, but I really
struggled with them all morning. Basically I just couldn't seem to ski
on them at all, until just before lunch I commented to my wife that it
just felt like there was too much ski in front of me - this lead me to
check if this was the case and found that yes, the rental droid hadn't
set them up correctly so I was about 2cm too far back on the ski. A
quick adjustment resolved it, although it took me a while to regain
any trust in them.
2. Later last season, I decided to buy some slightly-used Pocket
Rockets from a mountain guide friend (150, IIRC - bargain), despite
the bindings being far too small for my size 11s. So I took them to a
ski shop here in Basel to get them remounted. To cut cornerrs,
howeverm the shop decided that rather than remount both front and back
bindings, they'd just move one of them forward, to reuse one set of
holes and aboid further drilling. Fair enough, but that again left me
~1.5cm back from centre. In this case, however, I found they weren't
really difficult sto ski in, as long as I kept my weight well forward
(which has always been a fault of mine, so it's good that they force
me to do it, IYSWIM). I'm now deeply in love with these skis despite
their incorrect mounting.
So, in your case I'd suggest that you just experiment a bit and see
first if you can notice the difference at all and secondly whether
itfeels better or worse. I suspect, however, given that the 180's a
pretty intermediate ski (isn't it?) that it's not going to have any
But trial and error's really the only way to find out.
Ace (brucedotrogers a.t rochedotcom)
Ski Club of Great Britain - http://www.skiclub.co.uk
All opinions expressed are personal and in no way represent those of the Ski Club.