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Bindings For Head iXRC Skis ?

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After demo'ing 15 different skis at Loveland over the past 2 weekends I just ordered a pair of Head iXRC skis 172cm. Does anyone know if these skis are designed to be used only with Tyrolia bindings? The skis have a plate that appears to be pre-drilled. Tyrolia bindings are hard to find in the Boulder CO area or even on the web. Head recommends the Free Flex Plus 8 LD binding which has a 21 mm height. I have been able to find the LD 12 Railflex but it has a 33.5 mm height and I am worried that it will provide too much additional lift with the built in plate. Any Opinions? By the way here is the list of skis I demo'ed. I was looking for a carving ski for hard snow days when I did not want to be in the moguls or trees at Mary Jane. I am 5'11" and 163 lbs. I ski 30 to 50 days a year and have been skiing for 25 years (I didn't start until I got out of college). I ski mostly at Mary Jane, A Basin, Copper, and Loveland. I ski a mixture of bumps/steeps, trees, and cruisers. My other skis are K2 Axis XPs 174cm for powder days in the bumps and trees. The I find XPs are quick and stable at the same time. I also have a pair of K2 Axis Xs 174cm for regular days in the bumps and trees and cruisers.

Skis Demo'ed:

K2 Axis XT 174 cm - My second favorite, good at all turn sizes, fast or slow speeds, very quick and well behaved. Very smooth and forgiving. Skids OK.

Head iXRC 172cm - My favorite. All the attributes of the Axis XT but has better edge hold. The first run I felt I had been skiing them all season. They held on icy patches off the top of Chair 1 that most other skis I tried slid on or required a lot of effort to hold.

Atomic SX 11 170cm - Similar to the 2 above, my third favorite.
Dynastar Cross 10 178 - Nice but did not have quite as good short turns or edge hold.

Volkl 4,5,6 Star 168cm and 175cm - I had high hopes for these and even deomed the 5 star twice. I just did not like any of them. The 6 Star lacked versatility but had the best edge hold of anything I skied. The 5 Star was OK but felt nervous and suprisingly did not feel right in short turns. The 4 Star was just not exciting but still had good edge hold. No skidding tolerated by the 5 and 6 Star.

Salomon Crossmax 10 175cm - Good edge hold but not as much fun or as versatile as the iXRC or the Axis XT. It was very smooth though.

Dynastar Cross 10 178cm - A nice ski. Good edge hold but not the best. Not as good in the shorter turns. Maybe the 170cm would have been better.

Atomic SL11 164cm - This was a really fun ski and I liked it a lot. It was forgiving and surprisingly versatile in turn size and speed. I thought a slalom race ski would be one dimensional and demanding but these would make OK recreational free skis.

Head iSL 160cm - These were too short for me. I might have liked them better in a 165. I preferred the Atomic.

Head iM75 Railflex 170cm - I also likde this ski. Lots of versatility but would be somewhat redundant with my other K2 skis. If I was looking for an all mountain midfat everyday ski I might buy this one.

Dynastar Intuitive 71 175cm - Felt sluggish and did not carve well. It might make a good forgiving bump ski though. I liked the Cross 10 much better.

Salomon Scream 8 Pilot 175cm - Felt light, nervous and jittery. Probably not a fair test for these at the end of the day on a mixture of icy patches and loose snow. Definitely a soft snow ski only.

Volkl 724 Pro 177cm - Not impressed. It just did not excite me. Maybe would be good at Vail for fast skiing in the back bowls. Maybe I should have tried the 170cm.

I don't know how much the individual tunes of the skis mattered. I have been on demos before where the skis were poorly tuned. I hope the ski reps realize that people use these demos to decide what skis to buy. It is not always easy to tell the difference between a ski that is just not right for a person and a ski that is poorly tuned when skiing it for the first time. It is also interesting how some skis felt a lot different than how the magazine review described them. I think an individual's skiing style is as big a factor as the construction of the ski, especially for most of us non-pro skiers.

post #2 of 4
You cannot use the railflex on the XRC. It has the Tyrolia carve plate which only accepts the Freeflex bindings. That's OK though, this is a very good set up. The plate has many holes designated for boot lengths. I would take advantage of this to move your boot forward.
Tyrolias are very tough to find. You may just have to ask a retailer to order for you, ask for 30% off msrp. This is about the actual retail price for ski equipment in US.
I bought some tyrolias from backcountry.com (Utah). They left parts out of the box and they won't do anything for me. Called Head and they said they will supply that is missing for free but I have to go through another retailer, they won't send direct to consumer. A month long battle so far. Avoid this outfit.
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The Mad Flex 9 would also fit on the CP13 plate (the plate on the iXRC). This is the same toe piece and heel piece as the Freeflex but without freeflex system.
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I found out Boulder Ski Deals had the Free Flex 8 bindings locally so I picked up a pair. I did buy the skis from Backcountry Store on line. I was worried after I saw one of the posts but they had the skis to me in 2.5 days, no shipping charges, and no tax.
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