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New Volkl Kiku Skis - Anything I need to look for in a binding?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I just scored a smokin' deal on some 2014 Volkl Kiku skis (the last year Volkl made them). They are still in the shrink wrap. I demoed these skis in 2013 and just loved them. Now I need to take them to the shop and have bindings put on. These are women-specific skis so I know the mounting point will be a little bit "forward" on the skis, but what kind of bindings should I get? Are all bindings pretty much the same? Do I just trust the ski shop to suggest a pair of bindings, or should I be looking for anything specific?

post #2 of 14
I would recommend you stay away from Marker Royal Family bindings, especially if your boots are 25.5 or smaller. They can be difficult to step into in soft snow and the smaller the boot the worse the problem. Look, Atomic/Salomon and Tyrolia/Head all make good bindings. Just don't let the shop talk you into binidings that goes to 16 DIN and even 13 may be too high. If you only need a DIN around 6, a binding like the Look NX11 will be just fine. We sell a lot of those to lighter skiers.
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I second Mtcyclist in his remarks on the 13 DIN bindings being too much. I personally love the Tyrolia Attack bindings: nice wide base and perfect power transfer to the ski, snappy and secure and fairly light. There is a very nice Attack 11 that you could look for.

post #4 of 14
Well one doesn't purchase a binding because of a Din range as long as your Din is in it. I "could" ski a Marker 10 race binding, and did for a season at least. Then I was in the shop talking and happened to mention something about wobble at the bottom of the turn. He took one look at the binding and said "I have race coaches who won't let 70lb kids ski in that binding and you weigh over 200!" It has to do with how the binding clamps the boot. So I got the Marker 16 race binding even though I ski it at 8.

Bottom line here- you will be fine with the Attack 11, but binding guys say the heel in the 13 is better. They would have to tell you why.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cheizz View Post
 

I second Mtcyclist in his remarks on the 13 DIN bindings being too much. I personally love the Tyrolia Attack bindings: nice wide base and perfect power transfer to the ski, snappy and secure and fairly light. There is a very nice Attack 11 that you could look for.

 

I disagree. The Attack 11 has a lot of ramp angle unless the shop shims the toe. The Attack 12 (same heel as the 13) is a much better option. The 13 is fine as well so long as the OP isn't on the minimum setting. 

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks everybody! I appreciate all the information and now I feel like I at least have a few brand names in mind.

post #7 of 14

I had Marker Schizo's put on my Volkl Shiro's, that way I can move them forward or aft if I want.

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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

I had Marker Schizo's put on my Volkl Shiro's, that way I can move them forward or aft if I want.

And it will have the identical entry/exit problems for small bsl's as the rest of the line.
post #9 of 14
Yeah the entry issues with the Marker Squires etc have been bad I guess because of short bsl. I ever had much issue but I've seen it several times. Then some boots have rubbery heels which do not work well with those.
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I have a 305mm bsl, I don't seem to have an issue. I will say I have watched a buddy have a hard time once or twice, but he has a 317 bsl. We both have Lange boots.

post #11 of 14

I never had real problems with my old Griffons (BSL 303), but both my Tyrolia Attack and Salomon STH2 WTR bindings feel a lot snappier, much easier getting into.

post #12 of 14
I guess it's bsl's under 300mm. There are lots of complaints.
The Griffon is the first binding I've had fail a binding check. One of the heel pieces wouldn't test out within 2 Din.
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I guess it's bsl's under 300mm. There are lots of complaints.
The Griffon is the first binding I've had fail a binding check. One of the heel pieces wouldn't test out within 2 Din.

Honestly, they are frighteningly bad when you test them. Just a bad product.

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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

I have a 305mm bsl, I don't seem to have an issue. I will say I have watched a buddy have a hard time once or twice, but he has a 317 bsl. We both have Lange boots.

Doesn't really matter what works for us, only what the OP needs. Chances are you're heavier than she is as well, and your BSL is still considerably longer than hers.
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