Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
i would be surprised if you saw that from any racer. the only reference I have seen to that was TDK removing the Marker system binding to fit a piston plate. Markers get a bad rep because people don't set them up correctly. When you do it right it is an excellent set up, i have been using it very successfully on my GS race skis for 3 seasons. YMMV
I have been skiing with Völkl/Marker for two years now but before I skied 5y with Blizzard/Marker so I have quite a bit of experience with Marker bindings. Even tough I did not quite know how to set up the tension correctly I have never had any pre-release or problem with the ski not coming off when it supposed to. One problem I battled a bit with was the ski-stopper tuck away when boot was clicked into the binding. On the Tyrolias I was using before they tucked and flushed perfectly. On the Markers they seemed to be standing out quite a bit. This was solved when I found out that the Comp20 had a different ski stopper design.
The Marker Comp 20 is a solid very well built binding. Its the entry level racing binding so it features metal casing and sturdy design. Set on 11 it releases nicely and I use this setting for free skiing. On a race course I set it to 14-16. Together with the Marker Piston plate they form a very solid combo. A great design feature is that you have pre drilled holes on the plate for easy mounting and binding position tweaking. Its easy for others to try your skis since you can in 1min move the binding with just a screw driver. You can also get away with one binding for several skis. Lets say SL and GS if you don't need to swap skis all the time. One less binding to buy or lug around. I would not go with any other binding/plate combination if not forced on me by a sponsorship deal.
I have a very big foot and its therefore also wider. To avoid bootout I put in 3-5mm extra raiser plates between the binding and the plate. I don't use the standard plates, I have made my own. I'm over FIS allowance but it doesn't matter since I don't compete at FIS level. I'm actually at the old FIS level. Nothing radical.
Ever since I found out about the Ball Of Foot placement of a binding I have been mounting my plates forwards of the center mark on the ski. On my Heads I had to move the plate as much as 4cm forwards on a pair of cheaters 177cm GS skis. On the Blizzards I had to move them less, about 2cm on SL skis, but through out the years Blizzard moved the center mark forward themselves so in the end it was just a matter of half a cm or so. Today I have a measurement from the tail that I use for all my skis depending on the length. Some of the skis don't even have a center mark anymore.
As ScotsSkier wrote I do switch the cheesy all plastic children's toy binding plate combo on the present cheaters GS skis from Völkl. I swap them for the Piston Plate / Marker Comp 20 combo. Makes the ski totally different. Like a real FIS race ski, just a bit softer and turnier. Perfect for club racing.
OP should IMO get a Marker Piston Plate and Marker Comp 20. Later he can move the binding/plate to a new ski.