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Really dumb question about bindings/piston plates.

post #1 of 5
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Hey!

 

I had the opportunity to buy a pair of GS skis for basically free, but they were completely flat. 

 

Now, I know next to nothing about actually mounting skis. I've only ever bought ski packages, everything included, and had my shop install them.

 

From what I understand I can have the bindings installed flat on the skis. However, should I buy a piston plate? I'll mostly be using the skis to either practice GS, freeskiing groomers and maybe the occasional race (not FIS, no equipment regulations to follow). 

 

I have Googled it, but I can't really seem to find much information that indicates why a piston plate is useful, and why I should/shouldn't get one for these skis.

 

 

edit: I also had another question! If I DON'T buy a piston plate, does that mean I can attach any binding to the ski, not just one that has to be compatible with the plate that I buy?

post #2 of 5

You don't necessarily need a "piston-plate" which is a Marker product. Generally you would want a plate (of any brand X) to increase the height of the boot off of the snow which lessens the chance of booting-out at high angles, generates more leverage on the ski, permits you mount and remount/replace the bindings without drilling new holes, and most plate/binding systems allow for the ski to flex somewhat beneath the boot instead of creating a rigid "flat-spot" under the boot.

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Originally Posted by ZeroGravity View Post

You don't necessarily need a "piston-plate" which is a Marker product. Generally you would want a plate (of any brand X) to increase the height of the boot off of the snow which lessens the chance of booting-out at high angles, generates more leverage on the ski, permits you mount and remount/replace the bindings without drilling new holes, and most plate/binding systems allow for the ski to flex somewhat beneath the boot instead of creating a rigid "flat-spot" under the boot.

Oh ok, fantastic. Thanks for that! Definitely going to buy a plate to go with them then.

 

So I can buy any brand plate (thanks for the correction ahah, my current skis are Volkls with Marker bindings, so I figured piston plate was jus the standard term) and install bindings compatible with that plate?

post #4 of 5

You can mount any plate you want to the ski. Most come as a plate/binding combo, pre-drilled to fit their own brand of bindings. There are a few generic ones, but for simplicity sake, pick one you like and go with it.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Sweet, thanks a ton for the advice!

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