Originally Posted by alpinedad
I guess this just further cements my lack of knowledge, but I don't understand why anyone cares where the switch is if you have to take them off to put skins on anyway.
With the switch in a different position, it might be possible to switch from tour to ski mode w/o taking off your skis. Which would allow with a little experience, to rip off your skins w/o taking off your skis.
For example, with Freerides or Naxos, or any binding where you wouldn't have to take off your ski to convert it from tour to ski mode, all you would have to do is 1) stop skiining and lock the binding into ski mode with your pole, 2) kick your leg back as if you were doing a quad stretch, reach back and detach the skin from the ski tail, then in one motion just rip the skins off, 3) repeat with other ski, 4) pack 'em up and go.
For folks who are in the habit of removing skins that efficiently, I can see how taking off the skis would be an annoyance if you've gotten used to not doing it.
However, IMO, if having that mode switch located where it is, means that there is zero chance of the Duke popping into tour mode while skiing a sketchy line, then I say leave it where it is (I've been in the BC with Freerides in an icy couloir, went to make a turn, and had the sucker pop into touring mode....scary scary feeling).