Originally Posted by MattL
So, what difference(s) in have you noticed in how they ski? I mean other than the obvious like harder to do jump turns on steeps
Weight on a ski/binding setup is actually very noticeable. For me, a setup that weighs 18 lb underfoot will feel fairly heavy while a 14 lb setup will feel light....that's the range most of my gear falls into. You wouldn't think that 4 lb range is very signfigant, but it is. Some binding and plate setups weigh alot more than others, and this can take a light ski and make it feel heavy.
The weight is noticeable at all times. A heavier ski+binding will plow through crud and choppy snow better than a light one, in a carve, straight run or skidded turn. Any time you need to make your skis change direction without edging, such as in a jump turns or bumps, you will notice the weight too.