Originally Posted by davluri
The idea that a skier who probably has serious technique deficiencies is going to ski test the boot center location lacks. this guy is available to test binding location for you if you don't trust rossi; at least he doesn't ski in the back seat like 90% of you, and then keep moving the binding back or forward until the ski catches them. 'Course everyone knows that true bros always move the binding back a few centimeters to handle their awesome speed.
I mean what could a rossi engineer and a world class skier accomplish by putting their heads together? They just press some random pile of materials and toss it out the door with a mark somewhere. yeah, that's exactly how I picture it also.
not a matter of trusting Rossi... but what works for any particular skier. And if someone isn;t sure about what they're doin then the fallback is the factory mark (or the 2 other methods).
but deciding on your own could make a very important difference...
I.E. - here is an excerpt from a Rossi E98 review posted here:
"...My first impressions of the Experience 98 were good. The ski turned easily on groomers – quick edge-to-edge and silky smooth. That impression soon disappeared, however, when I took it into more difficult terrain. The ski became hooky and unpredictable, and was unstable at speed. I took the skis back to the Rossignol rep, Tyler, and told him what I thought. Tyler said, “come back and try it again tomorrow and I’ll set the binding back a little bit.” I did just that, and sure enough the ski performed much better: everything became smooth and stable, and speed and bumps were no longer an issue..."
note that even the Rossi rep immediately went to moving the boot location - this could/would not happen with a fixed mount location.
if you read further in the review, the reviewer again finds the need to move the boot, on another test day. On this Ski, on those days, the 'mark' did not serve him best.
How would someone determine this without the flexibility of moveable bindings and trying other positions?
How many skiers actually ski their skis before buying? And of those, how many actually move their position on a demo to experience the different position?
Based on the above review, as a sales/tech person in a shop, would I immediately recommend mounting the bindings a cm back for a good skier?
I would be very leery to go away from a std, just on shop floor talk.
Is there a good chance there might be a 'better' position for any skier on any ski - other than the 'mark'? I think the answer is self-evident.
We adapt... and when options are available, we make use of them.
BTW, I'm not as critical on the general skier population - I'd say 99% of all skiers on any hill on any day will make a technical error (or errors) on any run they make - easily including myself... But that doesn;t mean they're not proficient and capable of skiing well the rest of any run/day.
I can easily assume that there are a lot of good skiers here on Epic. They are who this thread is talkin to.
Respect to Rossi, the designers, all the way down to the reps - but skiing is still a lot of voodoo - thankfully so.