As I am preparing for Hurricane Irene, off-season thoughts of Pre-Release keep going through my head. I sure wish I was skiing rather than preparing my generator, tractor, chainsaws, and other recovery equipment...
These thoughts of Pre-Release come about from the common banter I hear from skiers about how they can only use bindings with high DIN ranges and how they have to crank their DIN settings up to what sound to me to be alarmingly high levels. This link describes some of these scenarios:
In reading through this material I noticed there is consideration of technique issues, and that would probably include things like too abruptly rushing into the last phase of the turn and tilting skis on edge too quickly - the same things that typically also cause skis to chatter for some skiers and not for other skiers who allow pressure to build more naturally while they increase edge angle. I would call this Pilot error induced chatter.
OTOH, I ski pretty smoothly and predictably and haven't really been bothered too much by Pre-Release over the years. Having said this, I have experienced some Pre-Release on Salomon Toes when the Wing adjustments were not tightened nightly and some slop developed, which I believe triggered releases in completely controlled situations. I have also experienced Pre-Release on Marker Heels which I believe is due to what seems to be referred to as Elasticity, and that Heel's lack of it. When the going gets tougher for me I tend to apply more pressure to the tips of my skis and it has been at that precise moment that I've come out of Marker Heels when I wasn't falling and didn't feel like I was in trouble. I haven't had that issue with the Heels derived from Cober/Geze with a tall Heel piece that has an eccentric action and allows some upward movement without triggering a release coupled with strong re-centering (Elasticity).
So even though I usually ski with fairly smooth round turns and use very normal DIN settings right off the chart (within the Type II to Type III skier range) I have seen some occasional Pre-Releases due to the Plane (Equipment). I'm thinking that the Pilot can reduce the frequency of Pre-Release through technique, but there will still be some degree of Pre-Release with certain Equipment (Plane). I am only considering my experiences on modern equipment and not vintage equipment that was much more prone to Pre-Release.
So my question is do you think Pre-Release is mostly due to the Pilot (Skier) or the Plane (Equipment)? Or, do you think it is some combination of both (select both in the Poll)?
Best Wishes to All for minimal hurricane damage!