Yesterday I tried out my new Volant Supercarves (178 cm) with the Marker 1300 Piston binding. The binding has a lever which engages or disengages the piston so that you can tell if it does anything. There was a very noticeable reduction in vibration on hard snow with the piston engaged. According to the review in Ski Magazine the piston smooths the ski's rebound at the end of a turn. I did not feel this effect, but the binding does exactly what the Marker rep said it would do, which is reduce vibration. The point of this may be to make it more comfortable to ski at higher speeds on a relatively short ski.
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11/2/01 at 10:50am