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Does center binding mount location hurt all mountain performance?

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I just got new skis and I got them mounted true center. I am an experienced skier and I chave been skiing park for a few years but I also like skiing the whole mountain. Will the true center mount affect my all mountain performance a lot?
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I just got new skis and I got them mounted true center. I am an experienced skier and I chave been skiing park for a few years but I also like skiing the whole mountain. Will the true center mount affect my all mountain performance a lot?

Wait for more experienced responders, but from what I understand, true center is a park mount. I'm guessing, from my own limited (very limited) experience, that a center mount might allow the tails to wash out more easily -- less weigh being on the tail of the ski. My son is on Volkl Kinks mounted +2.5 (which the tech claimed would be all-mountain bias with a little park mixed in), and he's had no complaints.
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I just got new skis and I got them mounted true center. I am an experienced skier and I chave been skiing park for a few years but I also like skiing the whole mountain. Will the true center mount affect my all mountain performance a lot?


depending on the ski and length, center mounts tend to make a ski a bit squirrelly  

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Im88, mounting skis on true center, while great for axial spins in the air, riding rails, etc... Are generally significantly less than ideal for all mountain skiing. Typically center mounted skis will feel unstable at speed and dive in powder.
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Most skis get mounted on the center line. All my skis have been mounted that way forever. I don't ski the park, and have no issues with any of my skis.

 

My powder skis have the Marker Jester Schizo binding mounted on center, I can adjust them 3cm if I want to.

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Most skis get mounted on the center line. All my skis have been mounted that way forever. I don't ski the park, and have no issues with any of my skis.

My powder skis have the Marker Jester Schizo binding mounted on center, I can adjust them 3cm if I want to.

I'm guessing you're talking about the factory line, which on conventional directional skis is generally not true center.
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I'm guessing you're talking about the factory line, which on conventional directional skis is generally not true center.

 

Yes, for all mountain skiing just mount them where the factory recommends.

 

If you feel the tails washing out. May be have your boots fit better. The Lange RX boots I got a year ago, give me better feel for the tail of the ski then my old Tenica's. 

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I just got new skis and I got them mounted true center. I am an experienced skier and I chave been skiing park for a few years but I also like skiing the whole mountain. Will the true center mount affect my all mountain performance a lot?


True center mounts are usually done for skis that are shaped the same tip and tail.  The idea is for the ski to be more equally balanced so riding switch is about the same as riding forward. 

 

I've seen plenty of riders who do just fine with center mount skis.  Not so hot for deep powder though.  Then again some super good skiers can do.

 

It's the way most mount when they land huge air switch.

 

If you are wanting to ski terrain parks and all that it is good.

 

You will notice the stance of those skiers as more erect, and not leaning forward as much.  They don't need too because the weight is already forward. 

 

Oh yea, as said before true center means center of said ski, not like mounting on a recommended line for most skis which is behind center.

 

Most makers of symmetrical skis will recommend a true center mount, but again these skis are marketed to terrain park type skiing.

 

Hope that helps you out.

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I just got new skis and I got them mounted true center. I am an experienced skier and I chave been skiing park for a few years but I also like skiing the whole mountain. Will the true center mount affect my all mountain performance a lot?


They won't hold as well at higher speeds mounted center.. But, as you probably already know they should handle switch better mounted center..

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So I guess the answer is yes, true center will give you less control at high speed.

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