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Drilling Salomon Pilot skis?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I recently returned to skiing after spending 6 years snowboarding. In that time, binding systems seem to have changed somewhat, and my feet have grown dramatically. I went from a 13 to a 16, which, I have just learned, makes it impossible for me to use system/demo bindings. Unfortunately, I learned this *after* buying a pair of Salomon Pilot skis w/ bindings. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

To the point: I'd prefer to just buy standard bindings and get these skis drilled for them. I'm not sure if this is possible, but it would make my life a lot easier -- I had a hard enough time finding 33.5 mondopoint boots.

If I can't get these drilled, do any of you have suggestions/experience in getting equipped with big feet?
post #2 of 11
Ummm... no, you can't drill Pilots.

Are you sure that no system bindings will work with your boot size? I'm not. What's your boot sole length?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Shucks, I was afraid that would be the case.

My boot sole length is 380mm. You're probably right about there being some system bindings which will fit, but i'm tempted to just avoid the category because redrilling is easier than getting totally new skis. Is there any alternative, or will I have to craigslist these?
post #4 of 11
I don't know the Pilot bindings and don't have a pair I can check. Can you drop back to the store and speak with them about it? A good shop will likely be happy to swap them out for you.

Since you know your boot sole length, you can just check when you buy the skis. Suggestion: consider buying from one of the EpicSki Sponsors... They are really great at helping our members...

...and by the way, welcome to EpicSki!
post #5 of 11
Which "Pilot" ski or system are we talking about? There were a few. 1 cannot be drilled. The other it is very often said that it can't be drilled but it can.I have done it.Then the other..it can be drilled but it is pretty complicated. I have done that too.

The "true" "Pilot" ski where the pin goes through one side of the binding..then all the way through the ski and out the other side and through the other side of the binding. No this one(the ski) cannot be drilled. I was tempted to try and do this to a pair last year..but I couldn't see any way to do it. LOL..I was even tempted to try and move the pivot point..or somehow attach a plate to it..

The "Pilot" system where a bracket mounts to the ski..then the pin goes through 1 side of the plate..through the bracket then out the other side of the plate. This can be drilled. Not with a conventional jig. This requires some serious accuracy..and of course a tap.Not for all bindings and not for all boot sole lengths. There are actually a few boot sole lengths that cannot be used because you can't get the boot center very close. This is because you can't drill the plate where the pin goes through it.This early setup has the holes in the plate that will also take the "Pilot" bindings. The early system does not have the plate marked where you cannot drill it either. Ouch. The later plate has the same indentations but the holes must be drilled for the "Pilot" bindings.

The brackets can be taken off the ski and any size plate you want..1 or 2 piece can be mounted. This is very tricky. I have done this and posted about it on another thread.

Me personally..from your point..Pilot skis/bindings/set ups.. Sell them. Buy a flat mount.
post #6 of 11
380mm what boot goes that big?
post #7 of 11
More to the point -- why not just ptex and edge the bottoms of the boots?
post #8 of 11
With feet that big, you don't need skis...
post #9 of 11
380? Sasquatch.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jenga View Post
I recently returned to skiing after spending 6 years snowboarding. In that time, binding systems seem to have changed somewhat, and my feet have grown dramatically. I went from a 13 to a 16, which, I have just learned, makes it impossible for me to use system/demo bindings. Unfortunately, I learned this *after* buying a pair of Salomon Pilot skis w/ bindings. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

To the point: I'd prefer to just buy standard bindings and get these skis drilled for them. I'm not sure if this is possible, but it would make my life a lot easier -- I had a hard enough time finding 33.5 mondopoint boots.

If I can't get these drilled, do any of you have suggestions/experience in getting equipped with big feet?

Welcome to the loss of freedom feeling you get from owning a "hostage plate system binding!" They mostly all suck!
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