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I purchased the Line SFB for the upcoming winter and have read a few postings online about where to mount the bindings, how the center line marked on the ski is not the true center, etc. Unlike many of the people who have posted about mounting bindings for this ski, I do not intend on skiing switch or in the park as that is beyond my current ski level.

I am 5'11 162 lb (180cm, 73kg) and a level 6 skier. I live in Japan and mostly ski the Honshu resorts but occasionally go to Hokkaido. I plan on using this ski primarily for improving my powder skiing ability but also for a few runs here and there on the groomers. Any recommendations on where to mount the bindings? It seems as if Eric Pollard's recommended mounting may be too far forward for me. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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Just to clarify I bought the 178s and will be primarily skiing off piste.

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if this is a 2013 (white and blue trees) the "Erics Choice" should be on there in the correct location. I have the 183 so I don't want to quote those measurements.  Go to the Line site and look at the specs. It should show the actual measurements. FWIW, that mark is -2 back from that "center" mark which from what every person has indicated is ideal.  

 

 

http://assets.k2sports.com/lineskis.com/ftplineskis/2011/files/line-2013-specs.pdf

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Yes they are the 2013-14 white/blue tree ones.  Thank you for the link

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-2 from centre are where they are designed to be skied, stick with that mark and you'll get the best performance out of the skis.

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x3 for mounting -2cm.

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Just a FYI- I am almost positive that the "Center" mark is actually -2 from end tip-to-tail straight pull length. So the Eric's choice is actually -4 which is where I ski most ski's of this nature.  Ski this upright and more neutral. 

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So -2cm is the consensus. Thank you for the help everyone.

One more item... In my search I was looking at the 2013-14 models of Line SFB (178), Moment Deathwish (174), Rossignol Soul 7 (172), and Salomon Rocker2 108 (174) since they all seemed to be a good balance between skiing mostly powder with some all mountain capability mixed in. I purchased the Line SFB due to a significantly lower offseason price and also because it sounded like the ski is reasonably light and playful in the powder.

However, reading up on this binding issue it seems as if the overwhelming majority of people who buy this ski intend on skiing switch and hitting the park, which I do not intend on doing. The wider tail also has me a bit concerned I may have difficulty turning in the trees of Japan. Did I buy the wrong ski and would one of the others above suit me better?

Thank you all again for your help.
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So -2cm is the consensus. Thank you for the help everyone.

One more item... In my search I was looking at the 2013-14 models of Line SFB (178), Moment Deathwish (174), Rossignol Soul 7 (172), and Salomon Rocker2 108 (174) since they all seemed to be a good balance between skiing mostly powder with some all mountain capability mixed in. I purchased the Line SFB due to a significantly lower offseason price and also because it sounded like the ski is reasonably light and playful in the powder.

However, reading up on this binding issue it seems as if the overwhelming majority of people who buy this ski intend on skiing switch and hitting the park, which I do not intend on doing. The wider tail also has me a bit concerned I may have difficulty turning in the trees of Japan. Did I buy the wrong ski and would one of the others above suit me better?

Thank you all again for your help.

I have the 2012-13 SFB (white with all the pretty colors) and mounted right on the recommended line. The mount feels perfect for me, I wouldn't want it changed for any of the skiing I've done.

 

Here is a snippet from the Blister Gear review in regards to the mounting location on the 13-14 SFB (unchanged design from 12-13).

 

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For some reason, K2 / LINE decided to add another “recommended” line (at -6cm from center) to the SFB for 13/14. Having skied at that line, I would highly recommend not mounting at that location, or anywhere near it. In fact, I think we should all join forces and write on every SFB in every ski shop, “Do Not Mount Here”. There are absolutely no favorable attributes gained by mounting the SFB that far back. Tip dive is not substantially reduced, but all other qualities do take a serious nose-dive.

I settled in at 2.5cms behind true center, which is what the Line website calls “Pollard’s Choice,” but the actual “Pollard’s Choice” line on my ski is marked at -2cm…

At -2.5cm the ski flex felt perfectly balanced under my 328mm-boot-sole-length Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130’s, and this location provided the best mix of playfulness and all-mountain ski-ability.

If there is one ski I’m confident that everyone will feel best at this “progressive” of a mount, it is on the Bacon.

 

 

I should also add that I do not ski any park, though I can and do ski switch from time to time if there is adequate room and it is safe to do so.

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