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Binding location marks on sidewall of skis

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My daughter has a new pair of K2 Miss Conduct skis and I noticed markings on the sidewall that seemnto suggest possible binding mount locations. Towards the tail there is a mark called 'traditional' then there are graduated marks going towards the tip of the ski. The last of these marks is labeled 'center of core'. What do these marks mean and how do they relate to proper binding or boot sole location?
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The marks are indeed for mounting, 'traditional' would refer to a mount location which is similar to a typical non-twintip ski. A mount point intended to place the toe close to the center of the ski. Twintip skis are often skied from the center of the ski in a 'centered' or 'true center' position which gives a very balanced feel when spinning and skiing backwards. Most people like something somewhere in between, that's why the (I believe) 7.5cm of 'range' is there. As a general rule, farther back = more float in softer conditions and more stability at speed, more forward = quicker turn initiation and a balanced feel doing tricks. As I said, most folks like to be either 'true center' for park skiing or somewhere in the middle of the range for all mountain (I'd go +2.5 or so from traditional). Sometimes ex-racer types like to be at traditional if they ski forward, forward in their boots and forward, not switch, on the skis. Hope that helped a little.

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While there are certainly plenty of non-park, non switch skiers who mount forward of the "traditional" position, I would guess that the majority still mount on the traditional line (which for many skis is the only line there is) if they pay any attention at all. Most of the Blister reviews I've read, which specify the mount, are mounted on the line. And why would any ski company indicate a mounting position other than what works well for most people?

There are people who have the body build and technique to ski better with a mount forward or behind the line and the experience to know it. For the majority of us the factory line works fine. Unless you're skiing a lot of park, switch etc, like the man said. 

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