I'm pretty happy
As it stands now I've bought the ski with the same set up as I demoed, right down to the demo binding. I hopefully plan to ski more soft snow next year. so probably won't miss the piston. I didn't buy the skis for fast runs on hard pack, although I found the ski way more stable than my present skis. Perhaps the easy demo binding length adjustment will make it easier when I buy new boots next year that could be a different sole length.
When I bought the ski I simply asked if it came with the integrated binding. I didn't know there were different model bindings until I picked up the skis after installation. i was more worried that they had used bindings that had been outdated and hanging around for a few years. But it appears that is not the case. For my type of skiing the bindings probably won't make a big deal of difference, although they may be heavier.
Originally Posted by Whiteroom
The piston is really really subtle. I don't think you would notice much difference between the ski with/ without if you skied them on back to back runs. You demoed the ski without the PCOS, right? You liked it enough to buy it, right? I'd say you will be 100% happy with the ski as is.
However, if the shop SOLD you a PCOS binding then they should have supplied it (what did you buy? Did you specify a particular binding or did you ask for the best price?). The PCOS 'arm' can be added or removed, it's a bit of a PITA to install, there is a hole that needs to be drilled to hold it in place... drives me nuts. It's a fricken' integrated binding, why am I drilling holes if it's integrated??? Sorry for the rant.
Look at the toe piece of the binding from the front. Down low you should be able to feel a squishy rubber 'bumper' that looks kind of like a removable plug, 'cause it is. if the binding has this then you can remove this and add the PCOS... but I wouldn't bother, personally.