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Binding weight - effect on light weight powder-ish ski?

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I skied a pair of Rossignol Soul 7's last Sunday and was smitten. With the Griffon demo bindings, the whole rig was remarkably light compared to the Kastles that I usually shlep around. I like having the flexibility to move the bindings laterally which is why I have invested in the VIST plates system which I have on several pairs of skis. For those unfamiliar, this is what it looks like:

 

 

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The black plastic piece is a 4mm shim that goes under the toe. It works well for me.

While the plate does not weigh much, and adds no obvious stiffness to the ski, the bindings are pretty heavy. Is the weight of these bindings going to affect the responsiveness of this ski, which is one of its endearing qualities? I know I could get a pair of Marker demo bindings, but they cost considerably more than the VIST plate, and I like the idea of one set of bindings for several set of skis.

Much obliged

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Lots of guys (myself included) mount pretty heavy Marker Dukes or Salomon Guardian bindings on their powder skis with no ill effects.  If you like the VIST plate system, I would just stick with it, as being able to adjust the binding forward or back a tad sounds very appealing to me, especially on a powder ski.

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I've had good luck with Marker Schizos and Demo bindings. The Schizos, although a bit heavier, can be quickly moved fore/aft on the hill with the small plastic tool provided.

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Thanks gents.

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