I just picked up a great deal on Kastle 94 in 166 without a lot of forethought. I weigh 115lbs. I was looking for some advice on the binding, plates, etc. set up for the ski. I will be using these skis mostly in the East, exclusively in lift served areas (i.e., not touring or bc), for new snow, spring skiing, etc. The great majority of my skiing is on GS and SL skis as I enjoy training. My previous widest skis were/are 75mm. All of my skiing on this ski will be in regular alpine boots.
I have read a number of the prior threads but still had some questions:
Most of my skiing is racing and I am used to plates and a high stand height. I have VIST plates on a number of my skis and like them (unfortunately not the speedlock). In reviewing the manufacturer info, Marker seems to be promoting the Gryphon as having a low stand height. Is this an advantage with this type of ski? Is there a disadvantage or advantage to a high standheight/light flexing plate with this type of ski. I sometimes ski backwards to watch something or help someone down but skiing switch is not a feature I need.
I know that VIST makes a TT plate for freeride and general skiing that also has the adjustable Speedlock system that also allows 1 binding to go from ski to ski. Does anyone have experience with this on a wide ski?
I know that Philplug and TC have recommended the Gryphon for others, the Squire seems to be just a lower DIN version of the same binding. Is there an advantage of one over the other? On my race skis I use a 7 DIN which works well for me. On this I would guess it would be set to 6 or 7 which for me, would rule out bindings with a minimum of 6. I never like to be right at the edge of the range.
I have Look PX 12s on two of my other skis and like them. I also have Tyrolia on ELAN GSs that are fine also. It seems that the freeride Look is Jib, but I have not had good luck finding just what makes it a Jib. The manufacturer sites are long on marketing and short on technical detail.
I guess my questions are: what are the features one looks for in a wide ski binding that may be different than in a binding for a narrower ski and what are the advantages/disadvantages of the different brands Marker, Look, Tyrolia, VIST? and finally, who has good deals as I just bought a ski I didn't really need.