Originally Posted by ssh
Doesn't it make sense to anyone but me that engineering the ski/binding system instead of just the skis and bindings independently would give the design team more options for creating more effective ski equipment? I think it makes further sense to add boots into the mix, as well, effectively designing from the skier's foot to the snow and having control over all design parameters.
That's why it makes sense to me to put Neox bindings on Atomic skis; they probably work best together.
Integrated vs separate components is one of the most thrashed topics around. Look up the history of this discussion and tell me if you still want to go down that path.
Let me ask you this though - What is the difference between a ski designed to have Marker bindings as opposed to a ski designed for Tyrolia or Salomon bindings? The mounting footprint is the same, the forward pressure is the same, the lift and dampening is the same, the flex properties are the same, how does the ski know what binding is on it?
As for adding boots to the mix, it is a terrible idea that will never happen and even the manufacturers know that. Some poeples feet just don't fit some brands of boots, and restricting your choice of skis based on which boots you fit is a recipe for disaster. - So You want some Volkl skis, sure! But you will have to get Tecnica boots to go with them. What's that? Your feet don't fit Tecnica boots? Well thats too bad, no Volkls for you.