I have several questions regarding new skis and new bindings that I have recently purchased. Yes, I am an Ebay addict. I need to join an Ebay Anonymous group.;>)
The skis are new Volant T3 Power in 170cm length probably 2002 because of the gold finish on the stainless steel. The new bindings are Tyrolia Freeride 8 with Power Select, probably last years as well.
I have been skiing on Volant PowerKarves in 183cm length. Quite a few years old. They were demos with Marker demo bindings. I put the moveable demo toe piece on the skis so that I could adjust the boot position on the ski. I found that I liked the boot positioned all of the way back as far as it would go. When I took them in to have the release checked last year they were noticed as soon as I carried them into the store. Smiles all around. Perhaps a problem with my ski technique?
Now I have these new skis and and wondering whether or not to have the new bindings mounted further back than the factory mark for the boot toe on the ski. The new skis are shorter at 170cm and may be stiffer than the original model PowerKarves. Anyone ever ski on the T3 Powers? Are they going to be similar to my old PK's or are they a totally different animal? The T3's have a rounded tail that the PK's didn't.
Then there are these Tyrolia bindings. Big question mark there. Anyone familiar with these? They are selectable for ski camber. Three different settings one is neutral one puts more camber in the ski and one takes camber out of the ski. Seemed like a good idea when I bought them but when they got here I thought to myself that this was a pretty heavy box just to have a pair of ski bindings in it. They are heavier than my demo bindings. Not too happy about that. Is this camber adjustment just a gimmick or is this a usefull thing to have? I have not had them mounted yet so I am not "married to them " at this point. I hate to waste money but I could use something else if these tyrolias are a " bad joke".
A bit more information: I am a 57 year old male. Started skiing at 49. I am a native So. Floridian so I only get 7-14 days skiing each year. Five foot eight inches tall(short legs a bit bowlegged) 170-180 pounds varies ;>) ( Krispy Kremes a factor here). I ski mostly groomed with an occasional trip into the trees to look for some powder to try out. I like to ski fast and generally don't do a lot of turning. My knees are a factor in buying the shorter skis. I stay away from bumps for the same reason. Steep does not bother me as much as it used to, as long as it is groomed. I want to learn to ski powder but the weather has not cooperated the last few trips. "You just missed it, you should have been here last week". I have heard that too many times. The unknown weather conditions was a factor in going to Volants. I can't choose the conditions. I have to ski what is there when I get there. So far I have been pleased with my PowerKarves.
Ok, that was long. Sorry. Basically I am soliciting comments on any or all of the above. Skis,bindings,binding position,technique whatever.