I'm thinking about torque on the ankle.
Seems like a binding plate might help reduce the torque when edging for hard-snow-groomer skiing.
All my fat skis (up to 130) have had riser plates on them (mostly home made). If you in softer, 3-D snow it probably doesn't make too much difference, but on firmer snow I feel that it does. Caveat: free-heel bindings, so I need all the torque I can get!
ps: never felt like it was straining my knees as some people seem to fear.
Having the foot high up because of a binding lifter makes pivoting the ski more difficult?
Really? I'm not arguing, just haven't experienced this, and I'm not getting a mental picture of how that works.
I'd love an explanation.
I have 106s, but I don't get on them very much. So I'm looking for others' wisdom here.
I had a demo binding with a slightly higher stack height on a pair of white Gotamas (~105mm waist), and they seemed to edge a little better than a flat mounted pair of Gotamas that I skied, but there are a lot of variables. I like wider skis mounted lower, but a little rise won't kill anyone and might make them marginally easier to edge. Plenty of people out there running Sollyfit plates, etc that aren't flailing on the hill.