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Austria, here I come!?!?! (race ski setup)

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Going back to Stockli Laser SL for my race skis. It's a flat ski, so I'm looking for recommendations on what binding/plate to go with. Before I used Marker World Cup Piston plates and Marker Comp 1200s, but I want to move up. Ideas?

It looks like I am going there for the winter.
post #2 of 26
Wo in Osterreich? And why not Austrian skis?
post #3 of 26
Hi Bohemian,

I'm glad to hear of your prospects!

What to get, Vist!

http://www.lous.ca/products/bindingsandrisers/vist.htm

Michael
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
I have no idea what Wo in Osterreich is.

How's Ithaca? It's been a long time... I miss Greek Peak.

I prefer Stockli. Always have, always will. The rest feel like noodles to me.

I'll be living in Vienna. I hope the mountains are okay (there's a bunch 1hr from the center, I'm going to try to find an English race school).
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
Hi Bohemian,

I'm glad to hear of your prospects!

What to get, Vist!

http://www.lous.ca/products/bindingsandrisers/vist.htm

Michael
I thought I read something bad about Vist a few years back. I don't remember what...maybe breaking...?

Vist even for bindings? I really like Marker's bindings and they've treated me well (or maybe not that well since I've had three knee surgeries...) A little apprehensive to switch bindings. Hmm.

Another Q: anyone know an American mobile service that will work in Austria and not cost more than 200/month?
post #6 of 26
Certainly Vist plates are top quality. The bindings are so rare, Its hard to know.

These are great bindings, no doubt: http://www.ski-depot.com/miva/mercha...roduct_Count=0

They make a FF20 for the Worldcup circuit also.

Michael
post #7 of 26
Vist plate, Tyrolia bindings: FF17, FF18, FF20 take your pick
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Is it a good idea to mix/match plates and bindings?

When does 2008 stuff arrive? Oct? I rather get the newest. ;-)
post #9 of 26
Head owns Tyrolia and their race skis come with Vist plates, made to be used with Tyrolia bindings, so yes its fine. I am pretty sure you can get them factory drilled for the Tyrolias. Some places already have the 08 stuff.
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Alright, thanks. When I get back to the States (I've been enjoying the South of France this summer), I'll go to Reliable Racing.

Merci. :-)
post #11 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
I have no idea what Wo in Osterreich is.

How's Ithaca? It's been a long time... I miss Greek Peak.

I prefer Stockli. Always have, always will. The rest feel like noodles to me.

I'll be living in Vienna. I hope the mountains are okay (there's a bunch 1hr from the center, I'm going to try to find an English race school).
Wo in Osterriech=Where in Austria

Although you answered my question, you will be a Wiener.

As far as the Mts by Wien, I couldn't tell you. I did moist of my skiing in Tyrol. Never made it that far east to ski. Although the Sturm is tasty.:
post #12 of 26

About Mobile Service

T-Mobile is based in Europe, but I doubt they will honor an American plan. Cell phones are so popular over there, it's relatively cheap to rent on a month to month basis. My daughter rented in London from January through April. Phone rental was $20 per month and all incoming calls and calls to others on her plan were free. She averaged about $10 per month - and she's a 21-year old . I seem to recall that we (Army Special Ops) used to always rent our phones in Germany when we trained there because it was much, much cheaper than trying to do a satellite phone or use our stateside-based phones.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
Going back to Stockli Laser SL for my race skis. It's a flat ski, so I'm looking for recommendations on what binding/plate to go with. Before I used Marker World Cup Piston plates and Marker Comp 1200s, but I want to move up. Ideas?

It looks like I am going there for the winter.
Define "move up. I'd go with the Piston Plate and a 14.0 binding because it has a better toe than the 1200.
post #14 of 26
For telephone, if you have bring an unlocked triband phone (900/1800 are the frequencies needed - UMTS coverage is only around 80% of Austria) to Austria. Austria has basically the lowest mobile phone rates in Europe. You can for example get in a supermarket or post-office a TopBop card for 15€ (5€ credit) which is a contract cancellable at the end of every month and you'll pay 4€month and 4cent/min for every call. Or you can expect to pay 7cents/min on a prepaid card. All flatrate contracts have 24month minimum contract duration.

If your phone doesn't work in Europe you can get a decent mobile for around 100€ (look on the price search engine www.geizhals.at) or pickup a cheap one for around 30€ without contract in a supermarket.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you! Do you know how the service is in other countries? If my visa is approved, I can go anywhere in the Schengen area for the next few years. I would like to get a phone with a 1 year contract.
post #16 of 26
Well inside the E.U. (so basically Europe except Switzerland - though Switzerland since some month takes part in Schengen) there is a limit for roaming costs of .59€ for active calls and I think .28€ for calls you answer per minute so its quite expensive. The only cheap network is "3" which offers the same price in every country on their network, however they are not yet present in that many states of the E.U.

1 Year contracts basically don't exist anymore, so I'ld really advise you to take just a plan without minimum duration.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
That sucks. The phone that my g/f has is 60e a month and it only gives her two hours of talk time. I'll google prepaid phones -- in America prepaid phones are **** and have **** service. Hopefully they're better in Europe.
post #18 of 26
Prepaid Phones are just "phones", nothing more. But you can buy a cheap unlocked phone on the net, or you take a tri-band phone from the States and unlock it (the're plenty shops in Europe that do this for around 15€.).
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
Does unlock mean you have free service to make calls?
post #20 of 26
No locked means that when you get a phone with a contract in Europe you can only use it with SIM-cards of the same network provider, even after the contract has run out. You can unlock the phone (some software hacks) so that it will accecpt any SIM-card you through at it. Some phones are very easy to unlock (like typing a specific key combination) while others might even need a complete new firmware.
post #21 of 26
VIST bindings are excellent, very well made and reliable. They now make a 10-18 for racing. I would recommend the Race Plate and 8-16 or 10-18 binding.

I have VIST plates and 6-14 bindings on all my Stockli Skis.

http://www.vist.it/

The Stockli importer here in NZ is continuing to fit VIST plates and binding s to Stockli skis despite their recent association with Salomon. The VIST system is too well made and reliable.

That said any of the proper race shop bindings (ie made of metal rather than plastic) will work well. Marker or Tyrolia if you are finding it difficult to get VIST.

Lou will be able to tell you why VIST are so high quality and it would be worth giving him a call.
post #22 of 26
If you want to stay in the Marker line, go with a Comp 16 and Piston plate. Try to get last years model, thicker, and exactly 50mm.
post #23 of 26
My wife has been running sl/gs w/ vist plus P18s on her Stockli's. Graham @ edgewise in stowe, had to modify the plate to fit her tiny foot. (he put way more work into it that i expected) but the set-up worked really well for her.

This season we will run the same except will use solid vist vs. the 14 mm plate w/ the arm. call Graham..... he will get to set up.
post #24 of 26
Vist skis made in the Blossom factory in Italy are OK.
So are the bindings. I also would point out the new 1018. Only if you need some more flex you could prefer Tyrolia freeflex or Atomic fullflex (or the Worldcup Marker setup).
For race training check www.lammeralm.at , the place on the map is Langenwang.
Extremecarver (hi, Felix) should have some more ideas.
post #25 of 26
Hmm, if it were for snowboarding, for sure - that's my terrain. Skiracing - well that's for having fun besides the hard training, the technique is very similar for SL and GS anyhow. Just join a club here in Austria,

Nice to here from you Ivan (Checkracer).
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey,

So many damn changes since I last wrote. I wasn't moving to Austria, waiting to go to Italy for a year, then moving to Austria permanently via marriage of a French citizen, now in limbo because I need to have neurosurgery.

A can't get a break.
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