Binding positions on skis

Binding positions on skis

Post by Paul Schofiel » Fri, 01 Oct 2004 17:21:17


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?

TIA
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Paul Schofield

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Binding positions on skis

Post by Walt » Fri, 01 Oct 2004 22:46:05

Quote:

> 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?

Move 'em forward for better control, especially in the steeps.  Move 'em
back  for extra speed in the gates, that is assuming you can retain
enough control to stay in the gates. Moving them back *might* also help
in deep powder by preventing the tips from diving.  The middle is, well,
the middle.

Many marginal skiers can benefit from being a bit farther forward on
their skis.  It might help you, or it might not.  You can play with the
settings and see what you think.  But don't mess with the boot size
adjustment unless you really know what you're doing.

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//-Walt
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Binding positions on skis

Post by lal_trucke » Sat, 02 Oct 2004 03:32:31

Quote:

> 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?

Experiment - use those expensive rails for something.

Used to be you had to have bindings mounted forward or aft, so it
behooved you to have some idea how the ski would respond (traditionally
forward meant more slalomy, back meant more GSy.) I tried a couple of
different mountings years ago with some extra skis and bindings and the
response was pretty much as expected. But the ESS (now the Atomic)
bindings changed all that - and the modern combo ski/bindings continue
the possibility - you can move them fore/aft trivially, even up on the
slope, so just experiment; it's fun to learn the full range of your gear.