I'm new to the forum so I'm not sure if this particular situation has ever been inquired about, but I've got a ski trip in 2 days and I didn't have a lot of time to search. I recently bought skis and bingings online and took them to my local shop to have the bindings mounted. Upon inspecting them when I got home I noticed that by laying them on the floor and lining the tips and tails of both skis, the bindings appeared to not be mounted indentical to each other. Using a particular graphic on the skis that comes to a point near where the toe piece of the binding is as a basic way to inspect,I noticed that on one ski the binding was mounted about 3/16" off-center to the left edge of the ski, and the other was about a little less than 1/8" off-center to the left edge as well. At first I thought maybe the graphics could be off in respect to the geometry of the skis, but after inspecting the graphics on both skis aligned side by side, they match exactly from tip to tail. Also, I compared the edges of the bindings to the edges of the ski at the waist, and it confirms that the bindings are indeed offset from the side to side. I contacted another shop to ask their opinion and they indicated that the boot is what determines the basic placement of the binding and that in-fact the bindings may not neccesarily be installed in the center of the ski to accommodate the correct boot placement. I am not a tech, but it seems to me that if that is the case, that any offset should at least be the same on both skis and I would not think that it would need to be as much as 3/16". Does it stand to reason that a ski shop that took so much time in boot setup, cant strips, and orthotic inserts to ensure placing me in a "sweet-spot", would turn around and have the bindings offset from the center and different from ski to ski? I assume that this will put the ski on edge when in a neutral position and make turning back on the other edge more difficult. Please provide me with any information to help me if I need to take them back to the shop. If this is an error, how could something so elementary happen from an experienced shop and can it be repaired or should I push to have the replace the skis and remount.
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1/9/02 at 7:13am