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Mounting bindings with identical/similar (but not actual) boot?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

So I have a new pair of boots (29.5 Salomon X-Pro 110s) shipping in from outside the US (where the 110 is actually sold). However, they will arrive considerably after my skis and bindings. Would it be possible to mount the bindings on the skis with, say, a new pair of X-Pro 100s in the right size?

post #2 of 13
Get the BSL for the sole of the boot. Not the interior size. The exterior sole length. They'll still need adjustment, but should be close enough. While possible the 100 is the same as the 110, I wouldn't assume anything.
post #3 of 13
Mount them at the nominal BSL and do the final adjustment when the boots arrive. Note also that the marked BSL can be the same but the actual boot is different. My 285 BSL atomic is slightly different length than my 285 nordica
post #4 of 13

I just did something similar. I got new, slightly smaller boots over the summer, to go along with some new skis. So when it came time to get the bindings mounted, I brought in my old boots, which are only a few mm longer on the sole. I got to keep skiing in my new boots while my new skis and old boots were in the shop (it was busy, took about two weeks), and when I got the skis back I simply adjusted the bindings to fit my new boots. Most bindings have a centimeter or so of fore/aft adjustment, so as long as the two sole lengths are similar and you don't mind adjusting forward pressure you'll be fine.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Bro12 View Post
 

my new boots. Most bindings have a centimeter or so of fore/aft adjustment, so as long as the two sole lengths are similar and you don't mind adjusting forward pressure you'll be fine.

It may be a matter of semantics, but, in most bindings the toe is fixed and the heel is mounted on a screw thread and can be adjusted front and back. Many bindings can take up to 10 mm difference in boot size, but, going from the general statement to a specific boot & binding has to be done on an individual basis. A ski shop only needs to know the BSL to mount the bindings, but, want the actual boot so they can perform release testing.

 

Do you have a pair of boots that you will use on the skis in the interim period, or, are you just trying to be ready to go when the boots arrive?

 

@blm337 can you tell us the specific bindings you will be mounting on the skis.

post #6 of 13

Yeah, that's what I meant. The heel has some adjustment range to fit a small range of BSLs. Thanks for the clarification.

 

And it might be tricky persuading a shop to mount bindings without the boot. Without the boot they can't do the release tests, and that opens a whole box of litigation and safety issues that the shop doesn't want to deal with.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

@Living Proof I'm mounting Salomon STH2 WTR13 bindings, which I now see have quite an adjustment range.

 

Depending on when the boots arrive, I may ski about two days on X-Pro 100 boots before the new boots show up. These would either be in the same size or a 30.5 - I'm about a 30 in Salomons, so I'm purchasing 29.5s with the intent of punching them out slightly before skiing on 'em, but that may not be an option for the 30.5

 

From what I'm seeing, the entire X-Pro series has the same BSL, 336 mm for the 29.5.

post #8 of 13
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Originall y Posted by blm337 View Post
 

@Living Proof I'm mounting Salomon STH2 WTR13 bindings, which I now see have quite an adjustment range.

 

Depending on when the boots arrive, I may ski about two days on X-Pro 100 boots before the new boots show up. These would either be in the same size or a 30.5 - I'm about a 30 in Salomons, so I'm purchasing 29.5s with the intent of punching them out slightly before skiing on 'em, but that may not be an option for the 30.5

 

From what I'm seeing, the entire X-Pro series has the same BSL, 336 mm for the 29.5.

You picked a good binding, I ski the Solly STH2 and really like the performance plus the easy of entry and exit.

 

The ski shop that mounts your bindings can mount the heel position a little aft of the recommended position for a the smaller size boot. That would ensure that the larger boot will fit. The person who mounted mine did an adjustment to permit me to downsize with no problems. Not all shops will do that, but, a good tech can do it easily. I would want to discuss this with the actual tech doing the mount. 

post #9 of 13

The X Pro 100 and X Pro 110 have the exact same shell and sole length, only difference between the boots is flex,so using a new X Pro100 for mounting is going to be fine.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your input, guys. I'll check with the tech to see if they're comfortable mounting it to accommodate two sizes (the shop I normally go to is quite good, so that should be okay), but as it turns out, my shipping estimate is showing an early arrival for the boots, so I may in fact mount them with the 110s.

 

Do any of you guys know why Salomon doesn't sell the X Pro 110 in the US?

post #11 of 13
Because you can't tell the difference in flex between a 100 and a 110?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Touché. But then why sell 'em everywhere else?
post #13 of 13
Let me know if you find a store that sells them both. I didn't.
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