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I have two Völkl race skis for testing. The new 2013 GS and SL. I was not paying enough attention in the shop so after I took the skis home last night I found out that both skis were fitted with different pistonplates. On the SL skis the plate is higher. Mabye 3-4mm. Its the white plastic that is higher. The metal parts seems to be the same. The lower plate is identical to my 2011 Blizzard Magnesium SL skis plates. Any thaughts?

post #2 of 10

Not saying this is the case, but Marker does make both 9mm and 14mm piston plates. The 14mm version is marketed as the "World Cup Piston Slalom Plate", whereas the 9mm is the "FIS/USSA legal plate for race skis"

 

http://www.markerusa.com/accessories.php

(scroll down)

 

similarly, the international site also seems to reference two different sized plates

 

http://www.marker.de/en/product-range/racing/world-cup-piston-control-interface.html

 

where the "world cup pc interface 14mm" plate is ~4mm taller than the "world cup pc interface gs/sl" plate.

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Thanks. But it does not say what the 14mm plate is for! Maybe SG/DH?

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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post

Thanks. But it does not say what the 14mm plate is for! Maybe SG/DH?



No, slalom and GS skis, which are thinner than DH/SG skis.

post #5 of 10
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Ok, so the lower plate is for SG and DH and the higher for SL and GS?

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Ok, so the lower plate is for SG and DH and the higher for SL and GS?



Yes. I had a pair of Volkl Racetiger SL skis a few years ago and they had the 14mm plate on them. The stack height with a Marker binding was right at 50mm.

 

And I didn't mean to say GS. The 14mm is only for slalom skis. My old Volkl GS skis were over the stack 50mm limit with the 14mm plate (not by much though). If you aren't competing in the higher ranks, I'd go for the 14mm plate. The extra rise helps a bit with ski control, less booting out, etc.

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Just actually looked at what's on my skis - the 9mm plate is on my GS skis and the 14mm plate on my SL skis.

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Yes. I had a pair of Volkl Racetiger SL skis a few years ago and they had the 14mm plate on them. The stack height with a Marker binding was right at 50mm.

 

And I didn't mean to say GS. The 14mm is only for slalom skis. My old Volkl GS skis were over the stack 50mm limit with the 14mm plate (not by much though). If you aren't competing in the higher ranks, I'd go for the 14mm plate. The extra rise helps a bit with ski control, less booting out, etc.



Thanks for the input. Im not competing at any high level Masters competitions even if Im skiing FIS event. I have a very big foot, modo 29/332mm, so I deffinetly suffer from the modern lower plates. I look with envy at smaller guys with smaller feet that are skiing with size 26. Their boots are so narrow and compact. I have the biggest ski boot of all competitors at our races.

 

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Originally Posted by bruins14sammy View Post

Just actually looked at what's on my skis - the 9mm plate is on my GS skis and the 14mm plate on my SL skis.



Thats exactly how my plates are fitted now. But Im going back and having the GS skis refitted with the 14mm plate. I bet my ski/plate/binding/boot combo stays within the legal measurements anyway.

post #10 of 10
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Anyway, looked at this Jens Byggmark video

 

 

on youtube and saw this Marker gimmic:

 

volkl001.JPG

 

What is it? Its very early in the video and I cannot understand what the technician is saying even if I know german pritty well. He comments on it so briefly.

 

It looks to be at the top of the ski. You can see Jens green shirt in the background close to his shoulder. Its the L in völkL. See the tip of the K just below. It all fits. However, the colours of his racing skis are not the same. They have white letters on black background surrounded by the green. Also there is no text that says völkl on the last letter. Any thaughts?

 

volkl002.JPG

 

volkl003.JPG

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