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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hi all pretty new to skiing but picked it up pretty quick got a holiday booked to Italy in march so bought some brand new skis.

Coreupt caspers an I am after some bindings my first question is what bindings would be best for the riding ill be doing I chose these skis as they have a thin waist so are still brilliant on the groomed slope but I enjoy freestyle riding the most and as all my mate board I think 75% of the holiday will be spent in parks or off piste! Also where abouts should I have my bindings mounted! But more so what bindings would you suggest! Also has anybody been to sauze d'olux and what's it like?
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 
Forgot to say they are a freestyle twin tip ski but reviews Said they perform excellent in all mountain an freeride also although they are designed for freestyle
post #3 of 14
I think you would probably be best served by something like one of the Marker schizo bindings since you can move it for and aft on your ski and really tweak it to the type or riding youre doing on a particular day and have lots of fun and rip and kill it in the park and crush the off piste and throw hospital air and get the chicks im serious about the binding recommendation for you though but think you should get a phone that will help you punctuate better smile.gif
post #4 of 14

Hey Tom,

 

As usually, Markojp kicked things off with a solid suggestion. I’d have to agree with him that a Marker Schizo binding would be a great choice as it would allow you to shift your position on the skis depending on what terrain you expect to be skiing that day. I think the Griffon would probably be the best choice of the bunch as it'll give you the DIN range you need for park skiing without being too excessive for a second season skier. The one minor concern i have is that if you’re skiing a lot of park, it is possible for the adjustment system to break. Not that these bindings are poorly made by any means, it’s just that park skiing can be exceptionally harsh on gear and it’s usually the “extra” components that seem to break first. That said, if you just picked up skiing last season, I can’t see you being aggressive enough to break any equipment for at least a couple of years!

 

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, my other recommendation would be the Rossignol Axial2 120. I’ve skied a decent amount of park in past years, and these have always been my binding of choice. They do a great job of holding you in when you don’t want to release, and releasing only when you need it. I also like them because they’re really durable. I’ve had pairs of these bindings last up to three seasons which is actually pretty good for a binding that saw 75%+ park skiing. All in all, these are just solid bindings at a fair price.

 

Hope this helps!

Matt @ Skiessentials.com

post #5 of 14

I was recommended Marker Griffon (or Jester if you've got the money), although I'll be more like 20% park, 80% on/off piste.

 

I'm under the impression that, positioning-wise, centre is better for park (gives better overall balance on rails/boxes and when initiating jumps/spins, the skis will pop better on kickers and it makes riding switch that little smoother) HOWEVER, further back (more traditional positioning) is better for powder and for carving.

 

 

Someone with more experience may know better though ^^

 

Rob.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Cheers for the quick replies!

With regards to your suggestions, My skis are not the type with the rail on they are flat and the type that have to be drilled. Would these marker griffon bindings still allow me to adjust my position as you said or with this type of ski am I set in position once I've chosen?

Cheers
post #7 of 14
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post #8 of 14
With marker griffon, once they've drilled and secured to your ski, that's it, unless you want to patch the hole and reposition... They are durable bindings though, which is what you'll want in the park.

Speak with a technician in your local shop, but if you're doing 75% park, go for durability and true centre positioning, if you plan to use the mountain as your park, hit kickers, ski switch and doing some off-piste, I'd consider having them a little further back in the "recommended" position, as this will open up other types of skiing.
post #9 of 14

May want to consider the Marker Griffon (or Jester ) demo binding for adjustability as the toe and heel move independent of each other.

post #10 of 14

Honestly, I would just mount those dead center and use them as park specific.  They don't look like they are wide enough to be even a mediocre off piste ski.  Just rent some high end demo powder skis if you happen to be lucky enough to arrive on a dump day before everything is skied out... and save your pennies for another pair that is wider under foot.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

Honestly, I would just mount those dead center and use them as park specific.  They don't look like they are wide enough to be even a mediocre off piste ski.  Just rent some high end demo powder skis if you happen to be lucky enough to arrive on a dump day before everything is skied out... and save your pennies for another pair that is wider under foot.

And what width would that be? :popcorn

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
As long as I can keep up off piste I am happy all my mates ride pretty park specific boards and like I said majority of time will be spent in park environment
post #13 of 14
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Cheers for the quick replies!

With regards to your suggestions, My skis are not the type with the rail on they are flat and the type that have to be drilled. Would these marker griffon bindings still allow me to adjust my position as you said or with this type of ski am I set in position once I've chosen?

Cheers

 

Hey Tom,

 

I just want to clear something up for you. The binding that Markojp and I had suggested was the Marker Griffon Schizo, which is slightly different than the Marker Griffon. Roppo is correct that the Marker Griffon binding is unable to be adjusted once it's drilled to a ski. The Marker Griffon Schizo though, does allow you to slide the mount position, giving you the ability to adjust for your terrain.

 

You can check out the Marker Griffon here (non-adjustable), and the Marker Griffon Schizo here (adjustable). Notice that the Schizo's are on a track, and that the heel and toe pieces are connected underfoot. I wish I could tell you exactly how much adjustment there is in these bindings, but I can't remember off the top of my head. If you wanted to give us a call, I'm sure one of our customer service reps could give you an answer!

 

Hope this helps!

-Matt @ Skiessenitals.com

post #14 of 14

What waiste, tip, tail spec are they btw?

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