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Moving forward of the center mark

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Hi Ski guru's:

 

I was skiing with a PSIA level III lady instructor earlier this week, and she told me that when she demo's men's skis she often moves the binding forward on the ski a centemeter or two in order to compensate somewhat for the anatomical differences men v. women and how the ski is made.  I have a pair of tiger sharks I got a couple of years ago that I'm thinking of trying this out on because the ski is just not as fun to ski as my made for a women old rossi bandits. do you think this would potentially make the tigersharks feel more responsive on the snow??  Any words of warning??  

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Hi Ski guru's:

 

I was skiing with a PSIA level III lady instructor earlier this week, and she told me that when she demo's men's skis she often moves the binding forward on the ski a centemeter or two in order to compensate somewhat for the anatomical differences men v. women and how the ski is made.  I have a pair of tiger sharks I got a couple of years ago that I'm thinking of trying this out on because the ski is just not as fun to ski as my made for a women old rossi bandits. do you think this would potentially make the tigersharks feel more responsive on the snow??  Any words of warning??  

short answer - Yes, skis become a bit easier to inititate turns, especially if they are fighting you/ your technique... down side is the longer tail makes fully completing a turn a bit more difficult, but for most skiers that not much of an issue.

 

long answer - you don;t have a binding with a track adjustment? so another set of holes?

 

ski marks for center of boot sole - usually designed to work with the 'avg' sole length - shorter sole lengths (smaller boots/women)  and longer (bigfoot...) place the Ball of the foot in a different position.

 

Tiger sharks are traditional full camber - so you could make a decision by finding the center of the ski running surface and then decide to place the 'Ball of Foot' of your boot on that mark, or even decide to go slightly more 'forward'.

 

There's a lot more to this and there are threads on Epic about 'Center of running Surface' and Ball of Foot, if you wish to investigate this some more...  again, this is for tradtional full camber skis, throwing in the early rise and rocker of many of the newest skis put too many other variables into this...

 

If I was gonna redrill (and I've done that many times in the past), I would definitely do it only if I was moving at least 1 cm and better if 1.5 cm+. Under a cm is not worth the effort....

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thanks - I'll check out the other posts and give it some more thought.  the Tiger sharks might just wind up at the ski swamp next year and I'll opt for a 'girly' ski . . . .

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there are a bunch of threads, but this one covers most fo the salient points/issue/discussion

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/92938/binding-mount-position-is-99-of-ski-performance

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