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Considering Remounting Bindings & Adding Plate on Volkl G4's to accomdate Doberman WC 150 boots - Thoughts?

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Hello,

I'm a new masters GS race skier and try to spend as much time as possible on my Elan GSX race stocks. But sometimes the rocks or powder make that unwise, in which case I turn to my Volkl G4s.

I have a pair of Volkl G4's that I purchased in '03 that probably have between 15-20 days of skiing on them. They have marker titanium 1200 piston control bindings but no plate. They're still in decent shape but one ski has three pretty good sized ptex base repairs.

My old Alpina boots that fit the marker titanium 1200 piston are pretty much done. Also, I've determined that (incredibly) my feet can survive a full day of free skiing in my Doberman WC 150 boots. Albeit I've only used the Dobermans with my Elans race stock on groomers and have not free skiied with them in deep powder, extreme steeps or other all mountain terrain that I like to take my Volkls. So I am wondering if the Doberman is really incompatible with the tyke of skiing I like to do with my Volkls and I really need a second boot?

Apparently I'll need to have the marker piston bindings on my Volkls remounted ($40) to accomodate the Dobermans because the current biding setting is not delivering enough forward pressure. So if I'm going to go through the trouble of remounting the bindings, I'm wondering if I should also consider adding a plate to the Volkls? I have the Marker Piston Plate on my Elan's. I'm sure the ski is also contributing to the added stability and shock absorption I get with the Elans vs. the Volkls, but I have a feeling the plate also helps a great deal as well? Does a plate even add much for steeps and powder skiing? What plate would go well with Volkl/Market setup?

As I see it, the primary purpose of the Volkls is to provide me with an all mountain ski for powder days, rocky conditions, or days of free skiing with friends who aren't interested in staying on groomers all day long (meaning I need to leave the Elan's at home).

Thanks for your thoughts!
post #2 of 3
remount them plateless.

the volkls are an all mnt ski, mount a binding/lifter that is also all mountain.

my wife skis all day on her 150 aggressors fat skis or carving skis
post #3 of 3
How far off is the fwd pressure? a few milimeters or a bunch? The Piston Control has a few milimeters of 'wiggle room' if you slide the heel track forward under the toe one space there is no need to remount. This will only gain you 3 or 4mm, so you may have to redrill.

The Piston is lifted as much as you would want on a freeride ski. Stick with it, no plate.
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