At resorts I usually ski with salomon Falcon pro CS boots and have bindings with 2-3 mm delta. I have a marker race plate with removable shim stacks on my SL-skis, so I have experimented a bit with this and found that out of 0, 2 and 4 mm binding delta, I prefered 2 mm. Other than experienting a bit on the SL-skis I haven't given fore-aft alignment much thougth, and been happy with (or got used to) what I have.
Last year I got new AT-boots, Scarpa Maestrale and dynafit vertical FT12 bindings on my touring skis. The boots fit very well but I have a hard time getting used to the forward lean settings. The boots has two forward lean settings 4 degrees apart at 16 and 20 degrees.
The most forward setting feels kind of too flexed. I feel I need to get low to stay in balance and this is tiering, but on steep terrain this feels better than the less forward position. On low-angle deep powder the most forward position caused the skis to dive a lot more than I'm used to. With the most forward position it also feels like I have "used up" some of the progressive forward flex of the boot. Flexing more causes discomfort sooner in the most forward position. Does that make sense?
With the least forward position, low angel pow feels better, but I feel less in control on steep hard snow. And on larger turns on spring corn I felt that I more often than before ended up too far back to control the exit of the turns, espesially if I also needed to get low at the end of the turn. The least forward position feels a bit like skiing in walk mode; It's possible to stay in a proper position, but if I for some reason end up out of balance to the rear, then it feels like there is "almost no" cuff support in the rear to catch me.
The settings are 4 degrees apart. Geometrically this should correspond to a 20 mm change in delta, and compared to the very noticable, but not dramatic effects of the 2 mm shims on the SL skis I guess it's not that strange that none of the 4 degrees apart settings work very well. The Maestrale boots are much softer than the Falcons though, so I guess that makes it less important to get it 100% rigth?
How should I try to modify the setup to my likings? The two 6 mm holes in the lean lock bar are only ~2mm apart, so if I want to modify that one I guess I need a new undrilled bar from the factory or a home made one and make a one hole approximatly in the middle in relation to the previous two. Does anyone have experience with this mod? Are there other ways of modifing forward lean?
Or should I just shut up, ski and adapt.... ?
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