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Nordica SLR: Vist WC plate vs Marker plate

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Hi,

 

I was wondering if anyone can shed any light here. Until a couple of years ago, Nordica SLR skis [race stock] used to typically come with a black solid plate - I believe that it was VIST brand, "WC" model. As of the last couple of seasons they seem to have switched to a modified Marker plate.

 

Question: Is there any substantial difference between the two plates, as far as performance, stiffness, whatever is concerned?

 

I am assuming that the switch was done for business reasons, but who knows - is there anything more to it?

 

Thanks!

 

PS: As I am at it, a similar thing seems to have happened with Blizzards - though I am not sure who used to make their old white race plate.

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Both Blizzard and Nordica plates were VIST derivatives. As marker is a Shareholder / partner in the greater Blizzard / Nordica / Technica / Volkl / K2 scene - I assume the switch was made to the Marker Piston plate for business and other reasons. I would categorize the VIST " type " plates on the two brands as passive plates where as the piston plate is spring / oil loaded in the center and therefore kick kinetic energy back into the system vs the more passive plates previously used. ( excluding the X-balance VIST plate that was used temporarily - too expensive and complex )
Personally I preferred the older VIST based plates as they tended to be lighter and allowed a choice of bindings.
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