I don't mean to bash Atomic. I love their skis.
|Originally posted by flip:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Atomicman:
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!
But to respond to the above... the demands on a race ski and binding, especially a DH ski (an arena Atomic dominates) are VERY different than, say, a powder or bump ski and binding. The mode and cause of release are completely different. Additionally, Atomic race bindings have the upward release feature locked out, which is key to preventing prerelease at high speeds on hard snow. No one on the pro circuit has this feature enabled.
Finally, like I said orginally, a binding that is intolerant of imprecise setup is a bad binding. Not everyone has a world cup technician that checks our equipment before every run. When a system like look/rossi has almost ZERO problems with prerelease in its CONSUMER version even at recommended DIN, releases reliably even for people that don't have their equipment checked after every 20 days, and is relatively inexpensive... there is very little excuse to have anything that doesn't meet that level of consumer performance.
</font>[/quote]There are many, many racers skiing on Atomic bindings in GS & Slalom. And there are atheletes who are not on Atomic skis skiing on Atomic bindings and boots!
d I disagree with you, force is force and the binding doesn't know what kind of snow your skiing on. I think skiing bumps, especially the troughs is very similar to skiing slalom and particularly a rutted course. I have also been told directly by the Atomic National Tech Rep, that the Atomic World cup atheletes have theor DIN set lower than anyone on the race hill (about 16). I know someone who personally saw Lasse Kjus's skis at Copper Mountain and they were on 23.
Also, why is it so difficult to make sure your boot has no snow on it when you click in. You should do this with any binding. And no, you don't have a tech in the start house with you, but you should know your equipment and check it before you venture off daily. Isn't that just common sense!
Your comment about imprecise setup is ridiculous. Your bindings should be set correctly to work properly, Period! I don't believe any of the manufacturers design their bindings with the idea that they are going to be setup improperly. That is why they want a certified tech to install, adjust and periodically check them!
One more thing, all of Atomic's Race bindings have the ability to turn the upward release at the toe on or off. I don't know what made anyone think it is always off on the race bindings!
So I still don't understand if a 6'4" 235LBS. downhiller stays in his Atomics at 60-80 miles an hour on a bumpy rutted course with jumps at DIN 16 why are 180lbs guys going 35-40 tops, prerealising on DIN 7-9. Have you ever seen a dwohill or GS or Slalom ski mid course in slow motion?[ February 11, 2004, 04:08 PM: Message edited by: Atomicman ]