>Well, the header says it all. Does anyone have personal experience
>strong opinion) of the efficacy of moving the bindings forward. I
>strong, aging, good female skier who has one more pair of top of the
>skis left in both my knees and my wallet and I want to make it as
>Are you still lacing while the others are racing?
Mounting the binding forward does make the ski initiate the turns
faster. Slalom racers have been doing this for quite a while and ESS
bindings have a system where you can move the binding position by
As far as moving the bindings forward for women-The theory is
that since women's anatomy is such that their center of gravity is
lower and harder to get forward (they are more prone to having their
weight back)then moving the bindings forward would benefit them most
in turn initiation. In practice, you have see if YOU need this done
and if so by HOW MUCH.
First make sure that you have boots that fit correctly and do
not throw you back (i.e. they are too stiff; or don't have good rear
support like many rear-entries). THen worry about the skis:
The best way to check the effect of binding position is, if you can,
demo the skis you want at a shop that has them mounted with position
adjustable demo bindings (the toe piece is mounted on a plate which
allows it to move it, so can position the toe then adjust the back to
your boot length). This will let you try the ski with different
binding positions(with the toe right on the mounting mark of the
ski,1cm forward,2cm forward etc.) This way you will feel the
difference and can decide which position YOU like best.
Alternatively you could go to a good shop that has a
Campbell(or other type) ski balance. The staff will put your
unmounted skis on the balance(it is like a teeter-totter)and make you
stand with your boots on, on the skis. Then they will see how easy it
is to move the tip and tail down by rocking forward or backward. Then
they will move you forward or back a cm or so and repeat the process
until they find the correct balancing point for your body build.
Some people (men or women) might be balnced just fine while
others might need adjustment. While women are more LIKELY to need to
move forward from the factory install position, some women (or men)
may, while others may not. You have to find out for yourself. By the
way the shop should not charge you extra for the movable bindings and
no more than $30-35 for in store balancing. Good Luck.