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Buying new gear: need binding recommendation plus few other questions.

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
After few years on cheap shaped skis, I am upgrading to newer/better skis. I just bought new pair of 2009 K2 Sidewinder skis. Now, I need bindings. I ski since I was a kid so I can manage pretty much any condition. I guess I would fall into advanced group but I am not an expert. Of course with two kids of my own, I do not ski as often as I used to and if I do it is mostly groomed tracks.

Unfortunately, I am confused by the current technology, so before I pull the trigger and buy the bindings, I have few questions:

1. What's is a good binding to match with the skis?

2. Do I need a carver plate (raiser) for the new bindings? I currently have one for my Marker bindings.

3. Some of the skis accept only certain sets of bindings. Can I put any binding on K2 Sidewinders?

4. Is the waist width that determines the width of the brakes?

Here are some specs for the skis:

Tail width: 103mm
Tip width: 118mm
Waist width: 74mm
Turning radius: 17mm

Thanks.
post #2 of 7
Are you getting a flat ski? There are two versions of most of K2s consumer skis, a system with an integrated marker binding and a flat ski. If you are getting a flat ski you can put any binding(within reason) on the ski. I would recommend a Look/Rossi/Dynastar PX12, with a plate if you can find one. My last set of skis I had the shop find me an old plate a customer had removed. I've personally had problems with Tyrolia and Marker bindings pre-releasing in poor places, and have had to turn up the DINs up higher to prevent this. With Look and Salomon bindings I have not had this problem, but I have not used any non race Salomon bindings.
post #3 of 7
I might suggest reading the Ski Gear Thread on Binding Mounting Position.- if you haven't already read it..
Considering those thoughts, for a new binding purchase I would always recommend something like the Tyrolia/Head/Fischer Railflex Bindings or similar adjustable/rail/plate setup...
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for replies.

I am not sure if this is flat ski or not. Here is the link to the store where I purchased the ski: www.evogear.com/outlet/skis/k2-sidewinder-2009.aspx
post #5 of 7
No bindings with those skis grab these http://www.evogear.com/outlet/alpine-ski-bindings/dynastar-px-12-ti-2009.aspx remember the discount code for 35% off
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Do I still need the raiser plate with the Dynastar bindings WaStraightLine linked to in his posting?
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by drabina View Post

Do I still need the raiser plate with the Dynastar bindings WaStraightLine linked to in his posting?

You don't "need" a plate, but if you like to carve it makes it a little easier. It's more a personal preference thing. Seems like most binding mfrs are not making plates anymore unless its part of their rail systems.
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