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Bindings Question

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

So, I have a new pair of skis, and new bindings -- still in the box.  I haven't had the bindings mounted yet because I'm trying to decide whether to get new ski boots. I have this notion that if I get new boots after having the bindings mounted, the bindings might have to be re-mounted, with a second set of holes drilled in my skis.  Is my concern valid?  If my new boots are the same size as my current ones, can the bindings be adjusted without having to remount them (and drill new holes)? 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13

I just got new boots and although my size is still the same in 23.5 my BSL is now 278 and not 275 so I'll have to have all my skis rechecked now.

 

I'd wait just to be on the safe side.   

post #3 of 13
Probably wouldn't be an issue, but why not play it safe and wait?
post #4 of 13

If you mount them and then buy new boots, odds are pretty good that the binding could be readjusted with no remount... but the boot will be 'off' from the recommended mount point. Why deal with that at all?

post #5 of 13

Concur with Whiteroom. *Most* bindings can have their heel pieces adjusted a centimeter or two without the need for remount. However, that means where you're standing on the ski is going to be a little bit fore or aft of where it should be. And I can tell you, the difference of a centimeter one way or another can have a huge impact on how a pair of skis performs and behaves. One significant exception to binding adjustability is the Look/Rossi Pivot line, which I believe is not adjustable outside of a couple millimeters to compensate for forward pressure. 

post #6 of 13
Yes, I had to have my Pivots remounted when I got new boots one size smaller.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone!   Sounds like a consensus -- a rare thing these days.  I'll wait to have the bindings mounted until after I've: (a) decided whether to get new boots; and (b) gotten them.

 

Thanks!

post #8 of 13
Your concern isn't really a big deal. But since you won't be on snow for another month or so, there's no reason to not wait until you've either bought new boots or haven't.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by surfsnowgirl View Post

I just got new boots and although my size is still the same in 23.5 my BSL is now 278 and not 275 so I'll have to have all my skis rechecked now.

I'd wait just to be on the safe side.   
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Originally Posted by surfsnowgirl View Post

I just got new boots and although my size is still the same in 23.5 my BSL is now 278 and not 275 so I'll have to have all my skis rechecked now.

I'd wait just to be on the safe side.   

It's been said that binding position can make a big difference in how a ski feels, and that's true. it'll be more or less depending on the ski. Marker race plates, as with others, have threaded mounting holes 1CM - 3/8" - apart. I use the adjustable Atomic race bindings on gs skis.....their adjusment notches are 7mm apart. On several skis they're set 1 notch forward, and the difference is quite noticeable. There'll be a position that feels just right for turn initiation and tail release. But this is the entire binding moving, meaning the whole boot is adjusted forward or back. That's completely different from your situation. You're dealing with boot length in a binding that is where it is.

You've nothing to worry about. Your boot isn't moving in relation to the ski. The toepiece is still in it's same position. A 3mm longer boot sole won't make any difference at all. First, 3mm is only 1/8". And the boot center mark is in the center.......so a 3mm longer or shorter overall boot length means the center mark is 1/2 that distance behind or in front of the mark on the ski. In your case, the boot center mark will be 1-1/2 mm, or 1/16", behind the mark on the ski. That's nothing, you won't feel anyhing. And that's assuming your binding holes were precisely drilled for your boot length to begin with........they aren't always right on the mark. Binding heelpieces have an inch or more adjustment......often more like 3CM, or almost 1-1/4". Your bindings don't need repositioning. And center to center, screw holes should be 5 or 6mm apart anyway. You've nothing to worry about.

Edited by Utahski - 10/13/16 at 9:50pm
post #10 of 13

Most bindings have an adjustment range of 2cm or so--so a binding mounted properly for a pair of boots should be able to accept a BSL about 10 mm longer or shorter. Except for Pivots, which have a narrow size range. However, I recently got new boots 2 mm shorter than my old boots. When I checked forward pressure I had to move the heels forward a lot more than 2 mm--about 5 clicks I believe--on all 4 pairs of skis. (All of them have heels where the FP is set so the end of the screw is flush with the housing and all had been set or double checked by me with my old boots.) I assume there's something about the way the boot fits in the binding that's different, but I can't figure out what.

post #11 of 13
My new boot sole's are 325 and my old ones were 310. Same size boot different manufacturer! I'd wait.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by cbtbakkes View Post

My new boot sole's are 325 and my old ones were 310. Same size boot different manufacturer! I'd wait.

What boots?
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Utahski View Post

What boots?
I went from an old pair of Nordica GP's to DaleBoot!
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