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I am getting a new pair of Kastle MX83's- 173cm mounted up with Attack Bindings.  I am 6'1" ~170lbs dressed.  Ski at about level 7 (advanced).  I mostly like to carve at speed- not much into jumps or bumps anymore.  The shop said to mount at the factory line but I wanted to hear opinions- only get one shot at this and I've read it can make a big difference e.g., Ball Of Foot BOF position.  These skis are fairly stiff, cambered and have no rocker at all.  Any suggestions would be welcome!

 

Thanks! :)

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I am getting a new pair of Kastle MX83's- 173cm mounted up with Attack Bindings.  I am 6'1" ~170lbs dressed.  Ski at about level 7 (advanced).  I mostly like to carve at speed- not much into jumps or bumps anymore.  The shop said to mount at the factory line but I wanted to hear opinions- only get one shot at this and I've read it can make a big difference e.g., Ball Of Foot BOF position.  These skis are fairly stiff, cambered and have no rocker at all.  Any suggestions would be welcome!

 

Thanks! :)


Calling @dawgcatching

 

Yes, this is a question that's been discussed here. I bought a pair of 173s last season with demo bindings that I played with quite a bit — I weigh what you do, but I'm six or seven inches shorter.  Dawg has said he's had luck with customers mounting +.5 - +1.5.  

 

I could never get it right, though (for whatever reason — height or technique, probably), so I sold the skis and bought FX84s.

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Well, the ball of foot takes into account the size of your foot.  They indicate they set the sole line estimating a 26-28 mondo boot (meaning 27).

http://www.dpsskis.com/company/faqs/tuning-mounting/

 

So given your report of height I think you wouldn't be too far off for what they designed for, so I'd just mount on the line. 

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From my own experience I've found it's impossible to predict where you should be unless you have some prior information (e.g., if you've found you're ideally at +0.5 on an MX88, and if there's also a consensus that people should be mounted similarly on both the 88 and the 83; or that you've used a certain method, say BOF, on comparably-constructed skis and found it works for you consistently).

 

In the absence of such additional information, I think you may have only two rational choices:

 

(a) Mount at the factory line (in the absence of further info., this is probably the best bet -- sort of an Occam's Razor approach);

 

OR:

 

(b) Get an adjustable binding.

 

If you do get an adjustable binding, I think either a Marker Griffon Demo or an AAAttack Demo would be your best bets -- I believe these are the only demo bindings that are comparable in performance to their retail counterparts.  Another alternative would be to get a plate + binding system that allows you to move the binding on the plate, like the Head PRD (easily adjust position by 4 mm) or the Vist (less convenient -- need to unscrew from plate and reposition).


Edited by chemist - 10/4/15 at 5:51pm
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From my own experience I've found it's impossible to predict where you should be unless you have some prior information (e.g., if you've found you're ideally at +0.5 on an MX88, and if there's also a consensus that people should be mounted similarly on both; or that you've used a certain method, say BOF, on comparably-constructed skis and found it works for you consistently).

In the absence of such additional information, I think you may have only two rational choices:

(a) Mount at the factory line (in the absence of further info., this is probably the best bet -- sort of an Occam's Razor approach);

OR:

(b) Get an adjustable binding.

If you do get an adjustable binding, I think either a Marker Griffon Demo or an AAAttack Demo would be your best bet -- I believe these are the only demo bindings that are comparable in performance to their retail counterparts.  Another alternative would be to get a plate + binding system that allows you to move the binding on the plate, like the Head PRD (easily adjust position by 4 mm) or the Vist (less convenient -- need to unscrew from plate an reposition).


I can vouch for the AAAtack demo, having skied it before having the non-demo mounted to the FXs. If I could have gotten the demo version of that binding, I would have, but the shop was out of stock. The recommended position worked fine on the FX, however.
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