Originally Posted by Kid Eh
I just pulled the trigger on a pair of blank Palmer P02s and was wondering about a suggestion for bindings. I can get a good deal on some Marker Jester but am wondering if these are the wrong bindings for this ski? I'm 5'8" and way around 170-180 LBS. My level is an advanced intermediate. I could have got them with the carve plate and Tyrolia bindings but decided against it. Whats with these carve plates? How many people actually use them or something similar? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
As much as I like the Jesters, you don't need them. I'm not sure, but you might have mounting issues because they were made for wider skis. I would have to look at the hole pattern to be 100% sure.
Carve plates are installed between the ski and the binding. By lifting the bindings off of the skis, two things were done. First the leg was made into a taller lever arm. This increases the leverage to increase edgehold. Second, the carving plate gives the boot more clearance when the ski is tilted at higher edge angles. This decreases the so-called "boot out" factor. (there is a post on boot out in the ski techniques forum... you can read that yourself... interesting reading and some great pictures). In regards to if I own carve plates, I have plates on my race skis and have lifted bindings on my Nordica groomer skis and my Scott midfats.
The reality of things is that you can just about put any binding brand on that ski. If you have a personal preference, go with that.