RAMP, BOF, TDC/Centerline, what's the dif?
Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy
I don't think ramp angle change is a replacement for binding location change. They may have related effects, but also have different effects on the ski's action.
Anyway, got back on the 181's (these are the men's 9Xti out of the race room, thicker top sheet of metal) without the increased toe RAMP. OH MY GAWD! I've found my steep hill skis. They actually out perform (at least for me and I could get into why) both my 184 and 190's for certain types of courses. To put it into a sensation, I'm the driver and can keep my CM going more directly down hill yet they still hold like a B*tch. I would still use my longer skis on the flatter more rolling courses (such as Loveland Valley, Snow Basin, Big Sky, etc.) but on the steep ones like Hemingway at Sun Valley, CB's at PC or even the run at Targhee, I'm opting for the 181. Its a wholelotta ski for the length and I'm blown away.
Next I'm going to play with toe lift on the longer skis, we shall see if they pull away from the 181's with a little "RAMPAGE", as we call it in ski racing (a poke at Chad Fleischer )
Edit, and this is background for Pierre. Not only did I dump my AMFIT foot bed but have gone down from a 10 to 9 shell (315 Sole Length). My street size is 11.5 with a fairly wide forefoot. My boots were built by Zach Lloyd of Rossignol (the Western Region Junior Program Manager, he builds a large portion of the FIS Junior boots for Rossi in the west). I was eyeballing my ankle flexion, I don't think its very impressive (fore lift) but will still get that number for you. Anyway, back to the boots, we ground the living crap out of the shell to get me in but after three trips to the fitting room though very cold (I ski with Mufflers and Batteries most days, of course they come off for race runs) they are the best fit I've ever had. We fit the boot so I could roll my ankles in the boot (twist my ankle, especially my inside ankle), I'm not locked down around the ankle but very snug fit around the heel and mid foot, good room in the toe box. Had to take a little material off the Zeppa as the top of my toes where hitting the top of the shell. We took as much material off the shell (left about 2 - 3 MM where structural integrity doesn't matter) and still had to lower the Zeppa about 1 - 2 MM. Just FYI as I believe the boot and fit has dramatically increased my ski/snow feel this year, I'm skiing faster in courses, wish I was in better shape (had pneumonia all of December, completely blew my conditioning coming into the season) as faster/weaker is not a good thing IMHO. I've been real selective about my Master racing, have skipped a bunch of races and have to make a decision about the Western Regionals coming in two weeks at PC (Payday for SuperG, no biggie, CB's for GS, real biggie and Picaboo's for Slalom, semi-biggie).