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Curious to the effect of fore aft binding position on overall speed.


For instance, last weekend skiing soft spring snow, two of us were on slalom skis and we traded.

When I switched to the Blizzards it was very noticeable that the binding was pretty far forward. I had to change timing a fair amount or I'd quickly get too far forward and the tips would dive in. The result was seriously delaying the move downhill, and really almost waiting to feel the heel. I would say it was a much less aggressive technique to compensate for the forward mount and prevent auguring in.

I probably would have moved that binding about 2cm back in those conditions.


The Fischer in contrast was different. We compared based on distance from tail and the Blizzard was about 3cm forward of the Fischer. You could make an agressive move forward- downhill into the turn and be fine.  You felt as if you had way more control and options to move. It was easier to move pressure fore to aft.  After skiing both though, I actually would have tried moving that one forward about 1cm to engage the tip more.


If racing in those conditions, I would have said that the slightly rearward postion of the Fischer -even if moved ahead a little, would have been faster, but it's impossible to really know.


So, a lot of people mount their slalom skis way forward for hard snow.

My question is, what is the effect of that? Hard snow will obviously support being that far forward, and it is quicker to engage the front, but is the end result really faster? Or, do you actually loose speed by too much pressure in the forebody of the ski?