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Bindings (and possibly ski) Recommendations for a Heavy Guy

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I'm 30 and a pretty heavy guy (6'4" 300lbs).  I skied quite a bit as a teenager and picked up the sport again a couple of years ago.  I have looked at the PSIA skill levels and I would consider myself to be around a 5-6.   I ski mostly in the Poconos and Upstate NY (hunter, windham area) and spend one week per year in Vermont, at a different location every year.  Previously I have been content renting skis whenever I have gone skiing, but I have decided that I would like to finally purchase a pair if for nothing else than to have some consistency each time I venture out to the ski area. 

 

I have spent the past several weeks and months doing some research and have a decided on a few different skis that I am planning to demo throughout this season.  The one thing I want to ask is does anyone have any recommendations on bindings for a heavier guy?  

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PS  I did a search for this info prior to posting, but only seemed to find relevant info from 2007 so I apologize if I'm asking something that has been answered many times.

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Many of the higher DIN bindings will have an unlimited weight threshold (Marker Jester, Salomon STH, etc).  I have a customer who is a former racer, 6'3" around 285, and he has fallen in love with all things Marker.  He started off with the Griffon on the Nordica Steadfast when it first came out then moved to the Jester on a Blizzard Bonafide last season and can't stop raving about how much he likes them (the Jesters I mean).  It's not a cheap binding (about $360 unless you can find one from previous model years) but he compliments the light weight and edge pressure.  Check them out.

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Many of the higher DIN bindings will have an unlimited weight threshold (Marker Jester, Salomon STH, etc).  I have a customer who is a former racer, 6'3" around 285, and he has fallen in love with all things Marker.  He started off with the Griffon on the Nordica Steadfast when it first came out then moved to the Jester on a Blizzard Bonafide last season and can't stop raving about how much he likes them (the Jesters I mean).  It's not a cheap binding (about $360 unless you can find one from previous model years) but he compliments the light weight and edge pressure.  Check them out.

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Thanks for the info.  What are your thoughts on the Salomon bindings?  Specifically the STH² WTR 16 and the STH 16 STEEL.   Also, it looks like you're in PA, does your customer exclusively ski the Bonafides on the East Coast?  I am unsure as to whether or not I should be looking at a wider ski.  I was thinking about looking at skis in the 80-90mm width range.

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:eek:confused

Let me clarify unlimited weight threshold...the Jester lists a weight limit of "130+" lbs, while other bindings will list a top end weight limit...

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Thanks for the info.  What are your thoughts on the Salomon bindings?  Specifically the STH² WTR 16 and the STH 16 STEEL.   Also, it looks like you're in PA, does your customer exclusively ski the Bonafides on the East Coast?  I am unsure as to whether or not I should be looking at a wider ski.  I was thinking about looking at skis in the 80-90mm width range.

I've only been on the STH twice, so someone on here with more experience might be better suited to answer that question.  It is heavier than the Jester, but that may not be an issue.  The customer with the Bonafides uses them as his home mountain ski here in the east.  He rides an Armada JJ when traveling to deeper snow.  Waist width is solely a personal choice.  If you're not sure, try and demo some skis.  I ride Nordica Hell and Backs as my everyday ski here, but you'll find some people on this forum that will tell you that can't be done, or it's a bad idea.  It comes down to personal ski style (wide high speed turns vs short quick slalom style turning vs variable radius turns) and what you're looking for out of a ski. Try to demo, that would be my biggest piece of advice for you.

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Thanks!  I was planning to demo some skis this season so perhaps I'll add a couple wider skis to my list of possibilities.  

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