|Originally posted by flip:
I think its somewhat telling the Atomic has STOPPED selling their AFT skis with the atomic plate on it. For next year, all AFT skis will be sold flat.
Everyone is pretty pleased about this. I think Atomic finally realized how many sales it was costing them. Their freeride and park skis were fantastic, but no one in theat segment would touch them because they were stuck with the bindings.
They certainly could have redesigned the plate to take any binding, but that is obviously not Atomic's intention. I believe it is to make the skis flex more evenly. I have a pair of Sugar Daddy's and am considering removing the plate for this reason. I would remount my 6.14's to the ski, since I have had no problem with any of our 20 pair of Atomic bindings.
I have said this before, but all the top athletes on Atomic skis are on atomic bindings and they seem to stay in there skis.
I personally know a top Nor Am level female skier on all Atomic bindings, she maybe weighs 120lbs. Let us not forget, Maier, Eberharter, Walchofer & all the other World cuppers who ski on this misengineered piece of crap! Oh I know, I know they are worried about only retention, but all you guys are complaining about releasing when you don't want to. How the hell do these guys stay in? Consider the force they are exerting on their equipment compared to what you put on yours. Yeah, they may have their DIN on 15 or 16 but they are going up to 90 miles an hour!
Also, if you are truly an aggressive skier, the DIN chart for a Type III skier is too low, I add 1.5 to my chart setting, which says 8.5 at 185lbs and 6'0 with a 314mm boot sole length. I ski on 10. By the way, I haven't had a release, pre or otherwise in 5 years! So go figure. Something doesn't make sense here. Maybe your toe height is out of adjustment, I don't know, but one more time No problem with Atomic bindings here!