I've been playing with binding position on my skis for two seasons. Some felt better than others but my results are skewed because my skiing has improved dramatically during the same time frame and that is based more on ability improvement (went from upper twisting body skidder to wanna be carver to a halfway decent carver and instructor). I've read all types of articles on boot fitting and have been to all the home pages of the boot fitters in this forum that have them and several other boot fitters sites. Everything I read about binding position makes sense but what throws me off is I can't find anyone that includes it in their boot fitting in New England. Only two boot fitters from Epic mention it at their sites and both require a plane ride and one a pass port!
What I'm trying to figure out is if it is worth the effort to fine tune it in or is "close enough" good enough? Get it close enough then modify your technique? If I could only find two ski shops doing it; or at least only two advertising it, is it because they don't believe in it, customers don't want it or it isn't marketable (takes too long to explain to customers that think custom foot beds are a luxury)? Even places that are Master Fit U trained with ABB certification don't do this or at least don't mention it on their site.
Another thing running through my cloudy head is that from my readings, years ago aligning the ball of foot (BOF) over the center running surface (CRS) of the ski was the method and some where along the lines, manufacturers started marking a spot on the ski to line up with a mark on the boot that seems to put the BOF a few cm behind the CRS of the ski. I've read that since most recreational skiers skid, this is in their favor. Is this why people don't want it, too hard to skid if you're 3 cm more forward? Doesn't seem likely. Or it didn't matter after they made the changes?
You can read for days at this site about pros and cons of skiing in a more neutral position and rolling your ankles to get on edge over using toe pressure and being way forward. Does that also mean new style of skiing on new gear means new position (i.e behind BOF)?
How does someone starting out figure out if they are adjusting their body position/technique to compensate for binding position or the binding position and delta angle for that matter is correct and it's their technique that is off? To me, being able to move the binding position back and forth is no different than moving the drivers seat of a car back in forth. We all fit but we fit a little different.
Atomic and others use a binding system that lets you move the binding fore and aft. Granted I would bet this was so they could sell a ski system instead of a ski but it gives you the benefit of being able to achieve a BOF/CRS position. When I've asked a ski shop that was mounting bindings to use the BOF method, they told me only if I signed a waiver stating I requested it and wanted them to specifically ignore the manufactures recommendation.
I've skied with great instructors and pros this past year that have given my great tips. All knew my boots were properly fitted and no matter where the binding position was, none said you're bindings are too far forward or back.
Is the only way to nail this down an on hill evaluation specifically targeting this? Should I spend a day with my pozi#3 (have Atomics) and a note pad recording the differences in different positions. Start at BOF and work back then forward?
I appreciate any insight you can offer.