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Choosing a binding

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone!

Thanks for all your wonderful help. Last year I posted w/ski choice questions and I received lots of helpful advice. Now, I am done demo-ing and have chosen a ski. I will mention that demo-ing short skis as a woman has continued to be a nightmare, but better than 3 years ago. The selection is pitiful, and very few high end skis available (they want to put me in the Rossi Cut 10.4 almost every time!) Now that the shaped skis are shorter, it is better, but sub optimal! I am a 38 year old, 5'2", 145 lb female, high intermediate, ski in So. California mostly groomed. Ski 10-15 days a year.

Enough of that! I have decided on the Rossi Saphir (prob the Classic version), at 150 cm. I demo'd the Saphir VS, the T Power viper s, the T Power Cobra X, (plus a Salomon verse 8, Atomics, K2 T:nine flight, etc). The Saphir was a blast, and after trying the Cobra today and reading all your helpful advice, I have found a ski. (BTW, the advice that the ski magazine info is to be taken w/a grain of salt is so true -- they have NO bad skiers on their teams! Definitely doesn't describe me!)

Enough! My question is how to chose a binding? I looked at Rossi's page and they have a bunch! This ski has a built in plate. There is a Saphir binding. What to do?????


post #2 of 7
I skied on the Rossi Cobra X's in 160s last year.

They had the FTX 110s on them for bindings.

Overall they only prereleased a few times and when learning you might as well have them release more often then not.

I did have to get the plastic toe piece that slides back and forth replaced because it cracked after a crash.

There was definatley alot of plastic in the binding but it was pretty light.

Good luck with the Saphirs.
post #3 of 7
Yeah, I like my rossi axials. A Rossi / Look with the pivot heel peice should be great. But if the ski has a built in plate I see no reason to get a binding with a plate, save a little money and weight. At your size and ability a binding with a max din of 10 should be fine, higher DIN = waste of money. Look at the Rossi Power 100. (I think that's what its called this year)
post #4 of 7
Originally posted by Casey O:
Hi everyone!

I am a 38 year old, 5'2", 145 lb female, high intermediate, ski in So. California mostly groomed.
Ha ha, where at? I'm looking at the snow report for Big Bear and the base is like 12"-32" which is really scary to me cause I know ski areas lie about their snow. Sometimes I wonder if they take their measurments in the wall of the halfpipe : . I was a Breckenride, and Keystone over christmas both claiming thirty-some inches as the low number and had numerous encouters with rocks / grass / bare patches. One run we skied to get back to the base of Keystone was almost unskiable. You know its bad when you see loose rocks just chilling on the tops of moguls and not just down in the ruts. So a 12" base sounds truly frightening. Maybe there's not so much "snow inflation" in Cali though since CO depends on the ski industry for tourism.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies!

As far as Big Bear snow, since Summit bought out Bear Mountain, I think the snow report has been more honest. They say coverage is good to very good. I thought it was very good to excellent. We didn't ski the bowl, but the rest of the mountain had very few thin spots, and 80+% of the mountain is open. Depending on the weather, the surface is machine groomed hard pack, but it softens quickly and if you aren't there on a weekend, not too much crud. We ski the east mountain and stay off the busy center. We skiied the best time of day though -- am. Get on the lift at 8:30, ski your legs off and take the getaway at 1 pm (for a $12-17 voucher for next visit).

Let me know if you need any more info! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 7
Hi Casey,

I think the Rossignol Axial bindings are the best bindings made. Not the Axiums, but the Axials. I think Rossignol doubles your warranty when you put Rossi bindings on Rossi skis, too.

We have 4 pairs of Axials (or Looks that are the same) and they never pre-release and have always released when they should.

Ask the shop what your DIN setting is and buy bindings that have your DIN setting pretty close to the middle of their range.

I think the Rossi Axial T-Plate bindings give you about a half an inch of lift compared to the non-T-Plate bindings, so I would recommend the T-Plate model.

So, buy Rossignol Axial Power 100 T-Plate S Alu bindings.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hot Sauce -- you bring up an interesting point in regards to the plate question on the Classic.

In looking at the specs on Rossi's website, it says that the Classic has a "built-in plateform". I assumed that this was a built-in version of an plate or lifter.

I emailed Rossi in regards to differences in performance between the Saphir Classic, VS and S. I mentioned the plate on the Classic and the response was "none of those skis have a plate. A plate is a function of the binding." This same person said that they didn't make a Saphir S (but it is an older model).

So, does anyone know the scoop? I think I found a rossi person answering email who doesn't know the products. He/she also said that there is no difference between the Classic and VS! Is this true? And anyone know the difference between these and the S?

I am finding that the Classic is pretty much sold out for the year, but skidealer is looking for one for me. In the meantime though, I found a demo Saphir S on ebay. It is $170 w/demo bindings. I am tempted, as if I don't like it, I could pawn it off on some short local friends who are still on straight skis!

You guys are great!

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