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Has anyone here tried Vist bindings?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I was messing around on the internet again, and came across these pretty sweet looking bindings made in Italy by a company called Vist.  I was intrigued by the White Free model.  Let me know what you guys and girls think...

 

 

(I am having serious problems getting the link to go where I want it to.  It only seems to want to go to the homepage not the model I'm looking at so I am just going to post a screenshot.)

 

 

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(If it's too small just click on it.)

 

Thanks - Matt.

post #2 of 9

There are a few people on this forum that have Vist bindings, so you will likely hear from some of them.  I have the Vist 614 Free with Speedlock TT plates on my Stockli Laser SX skis.  I love the set-up, just love it.  One of the real advantages of the Vist binding is the use with the Speedlock plate.  The Speedlock set-up allows you to move the binding fore and aft, and also remove the binding easily for travelling.

 

As a binding itself, I can't say if it's any better than other high-end bindings, the real advantage is the Speedlock integration.  Regardless, their products are high quality no doubt.  

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

so in order to suit people who like to ride switch and who don't you can slide the binding fore and aft?  also would it allow me to have multiple pairs of skis with one binding and just have the same plates mounted on the different sets of skis?

 

they mainly just look pretty cool but I'm sick of everybody "band-wagoning" with these marker jester and other similar bindings.

 

thanks

post #4 of 9

You can changing mounting positions and change skis with one pair of bindings.

 

Google norse house and call Tom. He is the importer and also a good guy.

 

 

Johnny

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

thanks a lot.  anyone else have any feedback on this company?

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

is that shop in stratton village?  if so how conveinent, I've got a season pass there.
 

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You can changing mounting positions and change skis with one pair of bindings.

 

Google norse house and call Tom. He is the importer and also a good guy.

 

 

Johnny


 

post #7 of 9

I believe it is. Go see Tom. He will let you Demo some skis with the speedlock bindings.

 

I've never used them myself but I do use Vist WC race plates and they rock. I will put a pair on my next GS skis.

 

 

Johnny

post #8 of 9

If I could go back in time 2 months ago I would have bought the speedlock plates and bindings. The advantage I like (in addition to sharing one set of bindings) is the ability to change mounting points if I bought new boots and the bsl changes or if I just want to try something different.

 

Johnny

post #9 of 9

I have three pairs of skis with the VIST system - Hart Phoenix, Hart Pulse and VIST RC Team.

I have nothing but highest praise for the system. In terms of convenience, you need only one pair of bindings for as many pair of skis as you have with the plates on them. Advantage for traveling - obvious.

Performance wise, the ability to move the binding back and forth in small increments (3-4mm?) allows the skier to fine tune center of mass. This is particularly important when the manufacturer's mounting line is not the best mounting point. There is also a performance advantage having the boot on a plate. I do not know what the physics are. But I do know that many ski race models come with VIST or Marker plates. And if I am not mistaken, the ski racing world limits the height of plates. All I know is that I feel more power under foot when I lay over my Phoenix's (66mm waist). The extra height may also help avoid booting out with high angle carving. 

Like others, I suggest you contact Tom at Norse House. He is a good guy and can steer you to the right plate. That is important. I have the SpeedLock Pro on the VIST Teams which are the very same ski as the Hart Phoenix which have the TT plate (both made by Blossom in Italy). The VIST's definitely feel stiffer with the Pro plate. I suspect Tom would recommend the TT plate and I would agree. The other cool thing about the TT plate is the is 4mm custom fitted shim that can go under the toe piece to reduce the ramp angle of the binding. If you are not familiar with that concept, the bindings are not flat - the heel is higher by appx 7mm. Some folks, like me, prefer a more upright stance (easier on these old quads). So the shim under the toe reduces that angle. There is also a really cool boot scraper that attaches to the plate (got to get that).

There is a lot in the 'Ski Chic" VIST line that is fluff to my eye (ie: the clothes). But the plates and bindings are the real deal.

Hope this helps.

David

 

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