Originally Posted by Willb
Boot length is 305mm. At a demo day yesterday they were setting me up with DIN 8 settings.
Skis will probably be the Head Mojo 90 in either 176 or 186 length.
Terrain is everything the mountain has to offer, from steep big bumps to double black chutes to groomers to backcountry bowls.
Home mountains are Stevens Pass and Crystal Mt. in Washington. Conditions are typically packed heavy snow or high water content powder, but I'll ski on any day it isn't raining and there's snow on the ground.
If the flex bindings are a clear advantage, what manufacturers offer them? I see them in the Head catalog and have seen offerings from Atomic and Tyrolia in the magazines. Are there others, and what would you recommend? Where can I get a good deal on them?
Head has a MOJO binding for the MOJO ski that is not a full flex style. The alternate Tyrolia binding would be a Freeflex type, these are often seen on Head and Fischer racing skis. This is a great binding. Finally the Railflex could be installed on the MOJO, these are the rail type bindings for Head and Fischer all mountain skis. This is also a very good binding.
Fixed has advantages and disadvantages. Fixed creates a flat spot under the boot and binding section of the ski. This stiffens the ski and inhibits ideal performance of the ski when it becomes highly flexed. However fixed bindings provide a more direct link to the ski with no lost motion.
Full flex bindings allow a ski to bend freely; providing a consistent edge in deeply carved turns and a softer flexing ski in bumps and softer snow. However there is a little bit of lost motion or rocking action with the boot-binding-ski interface. For most skiers the free flex of the ski is a greater advantage than the tightest possible link between the ski and the boot.
Look Pivot and Rossignol Axial binding from 2005 and earlier are fixed but produce a shorter flat spot than many step in bindings. This binding in combination with a short boot length is considered a good solution for many high performance skiers, since the flat spot is small and the binding provides a tight linkage between the ski and boot.
I use Look Pivot and Rossignol Axial binding on my two pair of skis and I am satisfied with this set up. My teenage kids have the Railflex bindings and enjoy the performance these provide. Neither choice is superior; its a matter of preference.
Hope that helped,