Atomicman, I would not go as far as talking about beauty here. Just what works. And what works for you is what you should be doing. Different skis perform differently depending on where you place the binding. The more forward you put it the more "rudder" you have at the tail and the better it will hold an edge or a carve. So you will not only be able to put more pressure on the tip of the ski but at the same time also the tail will hold better. However, there is a sweet spot to all of this. A coach of mine did not share these views and was of the opinion that further back is faster.
Salomon used to be further forward but now if you try a pair of Salomon race skis they are further back because they are identical to the Atomics. At least that what I've been told. Also that the Nordicas and the Blizzards are identical.
Tog, thanks for the IIRC explanation.
I like further back, I am with your coach,. I have no problem with tip pressure! But then again I have always skied German or Austrian product and my "style" may be a product of that!
Also the X16 binding I believe has 8 posItions with 4 being the default. You can move the binding forward in the track up to 28mm (2.8 CM) (1.1 inches) forward from the default position.
Edited by Atomicman - 4/28/14 at 8:45am