The plate = energy rail plate...it was available as a standalone plate from volkl also (required 20 screws tho lol)
As for outrageously overpriced skis...i agree with you...for the most part, it's not that bad. Even with the system skis, the system price vs. ski + binding prices are pretty similar when it comes to msrp.
To be honest, it seems as though the price of a system vs. buying separately might be less painful on the wallet. Take a quick comparison. The P40 F1 energy rail + top of the line Marker MRR binding was approximately $895 msrp for the ski and $395 msrp for the binding...about $1300. On the other hand, the binding + ski price of the P50 is like $1100 isn't it?
Getting back to the topic, though, are volkl's still thought of having that "premium" price though? Past season at the ski shop, alot of people shyed away from the volkl section of the wall, even though everything was VERY comparably priced, saying "naw...volkl's are way out of my price range" or something to that regards.