Originally Posted by Sailor
Actually I do have one more question. Gandalf mentioned that I should fit my new iC160 skis with bindings in the +15 position. Can you explain what that means, and what the advantage of mounting the bindings there would be? Thanks in advance.
What Michael said!! I was "assuming" that the iC160's you were looking at came with the standard Railflex binding setup, which mounts a plate (the rail) that is not adjustable on the ski, and then the bindings slide onto the rail and attach by a single screw in the middle. The position of the bindings on the rail is very adjustable.
There are other threads here about the different "default" mounting points for different manufacturers and the advantages of mounting the binding such that the "Ball of the Foot" is over the "Center of the Ski's running surface" instead of just mounting the boots based on the manufacturers "center of the boot" mark. The plus 1.5cm seems to pretty closely approximate this BOF mounting scheme for many people.
Just for grins, the next time you are in a ski shop compare a 170cm Dynastar/Salomon with a 170cm Fischer/Atomic and see where the default mounting point is for each.