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Mixing bindings' toe and heel unit

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I have a stupid question - if the bindings' toe and heel units are independently secured to the skis, then can I mix the toe unit with a heel unit of another model (not that I am going to do it) ie. a Salomon Z12 toe with a Salomon Sth2 heel unit.  Just curious.

post #2 of 8

It can be done but nearly all, maybe actually all, shops use jigs which are manufacturer/model specific to drill the holes for both heel and toe.  That makes using non-matching stuff a lot more problematic, although certainly not impossible.  Many decades ago I used a Nevada toe and Marker turntable on my Head Competition Vectors, but in those day you could purchase toes and heels separately.  Today, bindings are only sold in sets which would make mixing parts stupidly expensive.  And remember that modern bindings are engineered as a "system" even if they don't mount on a plate.

post #3 of 8
I've mixed 2 pair of looks that are different colors but the same bindings.
post #4 of 8

In the example you used, you can but you will be on your own to do it. A shop, unfortunately cannot do it for liability reasons. A better shop should do a test for you to make sure they are releasing correctly but "fail" the binding due not passing visual inspection. 

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the comment.

post #6 of 8
Phil just shakes his head at my mixed setup of light plastic bindings. I know my risk is higher but the setup has worked well for several years for me.

Bindings are cheap. Get new matching ones.

Eric
post #7 of 8

I had the very old Look step in heel blow out on an old pair of skis and swapped those heels out for Marker step in heels.  I only skied them once more though before retiring the skis.  When/if you do that the forward pressure indicator might not be correct.

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I had the very old Look step in heel blow out on an old pair of skis and swapped those heels out for Marker step in heels.  I only skied them once more though before retiring the skis.  When/if you do that the forward pressure indicator might not be correct.

 

I think you mean 'the correct forward pressure (as interpreted by Marker) may not be optimal for the Look toepiece'

 

IOW, the indicator shows correct, but the Look is wondering "WTF did all that toe pressure I used to have go?"

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