Originally Posted by Highway Star
ROFL. I'm an ME and certainly understand the physics behind lift.
You also make it sound like people don't ski flat mounted bindings. Again, ROFL. 90%+ people skiing fat skis or freestyle are on flat mounted bindings.
You are spending altogether too much time on the floor.
I never said anything about whether or not people ski with or without lift. I agree that many people do mount fat skis without any lift. There is no possible way I could estimate the percentage, but it may well be a majority. It's not really relevant to anything I said, except that your eagerness to cite a specific percentage that you can't possibly have the evidence to support casts doubt on your assertions generally.
Here are the points, in a form more appropriate to those who don't read English in paragraphs on a regular basis:
1 - There doesn't seem to be any harm in having reasonable lift when using skis in unpacked snow.
a - In support: AT bindings typically have a lot of lift.
2 - There doesn't seem to be any benefit to having lift when using skis in unpacked snow either.
3 - The primary advantage of having lift in packed snow is something other than avoiding boot-out.
|AT is a whole different ball game, people skining make a trade off between MANY different factors. And guess what??? The best AT bindings on the market, DYNAFIT, are virtually flat with no lift!!!!!!!!
Again, there's the eagerness to make unsupported assertions: Many people like Dynafits; many people like something else: it is simply not a factual statement that Dynafits are "the best AT bindings on the market," nor does the use of eight! exclamation marks make it more convincing.
There's a lot of marketing material, reviews, etc. on various AT bindings out there, in which people point out the goods, the bads and the compromises of various bindings. I think you'll find that most of them identify the three major advantages of Dynafits as: "weight, weight and weight."
Most of the rest of discussion of bindings seems to run off into topics like rigidity, durability, ease of use, compatability with boots, ramp angle, particular features, etc. I'm sure if you spend enough time looking, you'll find someone mentioning standheight, but it's way
down on the list of considerations, if it's even there at all. The standheight of the Dynafit is just a side-effect of a design intended to reduce weight.
In ordinary unpacked snow skiing, within ordinary ranges, it seem that people just don't care about standheight very much, if at all.