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Thread Starter 

Last year I skied with Salomon Instinct 100 boots, salomon S912ti bindings, and Salomon Lady skis. IYO, are these skis and boots well suited to each other? Could skiing this combo make it difficult in steep or deep conditions?

 

I bought the new skis and boots separately, and there wasn't really a point where anyone talked to me about the aggressiveness of the boots and what skis would be appropriate. I had them mounted with my old bindings at yet  a different shop.

 

All season I felt I wasn't skiing as well as usual. Then I fell and fractured my Tibial Plateau. I'll skip that story... although it is why I'm re-assessing my gear.

 

I'm ready to ski again but I can't shake a suspicion that my equipment might partially be at fault. Obviously the binding didn't release, but why did I fall in the first place? I fell several times over the winter - usually I only fall once or twice a season.

 

Also, could the older bindings be an issue? Or the placement of the bindings slightly fwd of the center line?

(And yes if I do keep them I will get them release tested and adjusted.)

 

FYI - I am an advanced skier and ski the whole mountain though still somewhat challenged by more extreme situations. 

 

ADDED CLARIFICATION:

I bought the boots at a high end store with excellent bootfitters. I demo'd the skis on slope and loved them, then bought online at discount. Then I had a local shop mount my 7 yr old bindings from my previous skis.


Edited by parashakti - 11/7/13 at 1:35pm
post #2 of 8

Sounds like it's time to get a private with a *good* instructor.     If there's something egregiously wrong with your equipment, they can spot that.   

post #3 of 8

Sounds like you're looking for something to blame, other than the skier. I mean no offence, if any is taken. The best boots are the ones that fit. The stiffness can have a correlation in how you flex a ski and drive the turn but a true expert should be able to balance the ski and boot together. The Lady and a 100 boot are both on the stiffer side for the ladies market and suit each other very well for that type of skier. The S912Ti is still on the market and is a great binding if adjusted correctly. I know from personal experience that falling and injuring oneself is not fun at all, but I don't think the gear in of its self i.e. ski, boot ,binding interface. A bad tune can change a skis characteristics dramatically as well. Go get a good tune and binding test, hit the hills happy and confident. PS if you aren't falling, you aren't trying. Now go break a leg.... O wait...               To soon?     

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I am definitely getting a binding release test and a quality tune. And also had just decided to get some lessons, I am mostly self taught and I know my technique isn't great. A good instructor should shed some light on the "skier error" question, and help rebuild confidence too.
Thanks again.
post #5 of 8
The Salomon S912ti bindings definitely need to be properly adjusted. Not only the forward pressure, but also the toe wings and toe height..
I hope that you are fully healed up and ready to enjoy skiing.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks Stev - Can you say more about what you mean by the forward pressure toe wing and toe height adjustment? How can I know if I need to get them adjusted, and what the adjustment would be?

I've had them checked for position (as in, they are not too far fwd or back, and release tested.
 

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Originally Posted by parashakti View Post
 

Thanks Stev - Can you say more about what you mean by the forward pressure toe wing and toe height adjustment? How can I know if I need to get them adjusted, and what the adjustment would be?

I've had them checked for position (as in, they are not too far fwd or back, and release tested.
 

 

Passing a release test is predicated on having correct forward pressure; a competent shop would have, on that binding, included toe wing and toe height adjustment in the check.       Stev's comment can therefore be parsed as "On that binding there are more reasons to bring it back to the shop on a regular basis".

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

Passing a release test is predicated on having correct forward pressure; a competent shop would have, on that binding, included toe wing and toe height adjustment in the check.       Stev's comment can therefore be parsed as "On that binding there are more reasons to bring it back to the shop on a regular basis".

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Correct.

 

- There are times when the toe wing screws loosen on this binding.(not good)

- Most shops will have a paper thin plastic card (placed between the boot toe and the anti-friction plate) to adjust the toe height just right.

- I have also seen in some conditions when Salomon toe pieces have an ice build-up between the toe piece and the ski's top sheet, which may or may not be a cause for concern.

- Forward pressure is the easiest to adjust on Salomon by putting the metal tab in the center of the little window on the heel piece.

 

(BTW - newer Salomon bindings like the STH 12's have a different design on the toe piece.)

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