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looking for opinions on binding choice.

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Me: 6ft 230 lbs 

I like to ski fast everywhere on the mountain, love fast carving. Would describe my style as power orientated (I'm more inclined to bust through stuff than go around or over it.) PSIA cert 3. 

This is going to be my one ski quiver. I have to use a tyrolia/elan binding, as I will be pro reping them next year.cool.gif

The ski: Elan Amphibio 88 in 178(maybe 186)

The bindings:

1. Elan AAAttack 16.

        Flat mount binding with a toe design akin to the market jester.(except it is made by tyrolia which is +1000 points in my book) it has a 5-16 range. Still, being a brand new binding on the market I have reservations about being an early adopter. Anybody have extensive experience with this binding?

 

2. ER 17 FF pro

          6-17 din range.  race pro heal.

 

3. ER 16 FF pro.

           8-16 din range. race pro heal (spindle). whats a spindle? do i need one?

 

4. Race plate? I have no experience with them on an all mountain ski. I've heard they make almost any ski a better carver, and are inconsequential in the off groomed. is this correct?

 

So what set up do you guys think?

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I am not fully up on Elan's skis for next season (yet) but, aren't you limited to the integrated binding system that comes with the Amphibio? IIRC, there might be a DIN choice, I don't think there are binding choices? I have seen the AAAttack bindings for next year, but from what I have seen, the latter two options would be the better choices. For your size, I would suggest the beefiest of the choices that you have an option for but it still gets back to my initial thought, I don't think you have the options you think you do for the Amphibio. 

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Looking at the Elan catalog for next year, the 88xti is available flat. I know there is an option for a 14 din intergrated system, but the way the price structure works the aaatack or ER 17 is the cheaper option.

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Looking at the Elan catalog for next year, the 88xti is available flat. I know there is an option for a 14 din intergrated system, but the way the price structure works the aaatack or ER 17 is the cheaper option.


But, when you go to sell them, a ski with an integrated binding should hold its value a bit better, as you don't have to remount the bindings and put more holes in the skis.  I bought them with the integrated binding.

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But, when you go to sell them, a ski with an integrated binding should hold its value a bit better, as you don't have to remount the bindings and put more holes in the skis.  I bought them with the integrated binding.

yeah, but if you trash the ski, you can reuse the non-integrated binding 

 

Skiingblind, if you have the option of a flat ski, the last 2 are both excellent bindings.  I suspect the ER16FF is the same as the Fischer/Head X series with the fully adjustable worm screw heel.  Excellent binding and IIRC has actually got more fore/aft adjustment than the 17 as well as the micro-adjustment that the worm screw gives.  Would be my pick on that basis.

 

WRT race plates you will find fairly polarized views here on them on non-race skis.  Personally I prefer to use them.  The  tyrolia RDX plate would be a good match here and from your description of preferences I suspect it would work well for you

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Thread Starter 
This^
I trash skis. Also, I plan on spending a season in mt on them, then a season in nz. I suspect at that point the skis will be toast. And I don't want to throw an intgrated binding out because the ski is shot. Savvy?

I'm still curious about race plates though. What are the advantages?
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