Originally Posted by full focus
I have a new (05) pair of Rx 8 (flat) that I want to use primarily for short turns in the fall line on groomer days. With this purpose in mind, is there any one who might advise me on whether I would benefit from a binding placement that is more anterior ('ball of foot at center of running length") or otherwise different from the mfg. recommended placement.
My previous post on this languished, so I am trying again. Thanks very much for any advice you may have.
Move a binding forward of the mark, and a binding is quicker turning but less stable, the opposite when moving the mounting back. I used to mount bindings forward a mm., before women specific skis came out, to make up for a women's rearward center of mass. Yhen those skis had it built in. I stopped when shaped skis came out, as I don't think it's as applicable, keeping the binding at the middle of the sidecut is probably more important.
For years, Ess, and now Atomic, have made movable bindings. It sure does sound like a great idea, but most everyone I know, including me, play with it for a week and then leave it at it's normal position. Unless you have an opportunity to experiment with it, why would you try to outguess the factory ski designers.