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post #1 of 6
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There are those ski technicians who follow the book to the letter and then there are those who think outside the box! Who find ways to make the ski go better! Who find why bindings work! Why one bindings seems to be better for some skiers!

 

Ski companies ( and ski shops)  want skiers to buy "the package deal"; skis bindings and boots from same company! Rare is a ski shop that will now sell just the binding!!!!!  What do you do when the boots from company A do not fit? What about bindings that do not "integrate into the rail system of company A!

I am not addressing this message to the "shop/store technician" since you MUST follow the directives! Rather I am addressing this to the "other ski technicians,,,the "special ski technician" that is free to answer the needs of the skier!

 

The Fischer ski company uses a rail system for just their bindings! You can take out this system easily by taking out the plastic cover with a thin sharp screwdriver! It will not effect the ski performance! You now have a flat surface to install any other binding!

 

Of course this is done with skier's informed consent!

 

Of course the holes are "plugged"!

 

Of course the skier saves money!

 

Respectfully,

Vistman

post #2 of 6

WTFAYBOA?

 

The "Fischer" system is really the Tyrolia system, used by at least Head, Elan and Fischer, on skis where it is considered a good solution. Its a good system, the bindings are not overly expensive and between them they have a pretty big chunk of the recreational skiing market.

 

All those manufacturers have race skis that don't use the rail system, beginner skis that don't use the rail system, all mountain/powder skis that don't use the rail system and park&pipe skis that don't use the rail system.

 

And yes, if you want to go with a non-Railflex binding then its dead easy to take off the Railflex base. But *deity* only knows how that will save you $$$s unless you happen to have old bindings laying around that you want to reuse.

 

So the problem is??????????

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Vistman View Post

There are those ski technicians who follow the book to the letter and then there are those who think outside the box! Who find ways to make the ski go better! Who find why bindings work! Why one bindings seems to be better for some skiers!

 

Ski companies ( and ski shops)  want skiers to buy "the package deal"; skis bindings and boots from same company! Rare is a ski shop that will now sell just the binding!!!!!  What do you do when the boots from company A do not fit? What about bindings that do not "integrate into the rail system of company A!

I am not addressing this message to the "shop/store technician" since you MUST follow the directives! Rather I am addressing this to the "other ski technicians,,,the "special ski technician" that is free to answer the needs of the skier!

 

The Fischer ski company uses a rail system for just their bindings! You can take out this system easily by taking out the plastic cover with a thin sharp screwdriver! It will not effect the ski performance! You now have a flat surface to install any other binding!

 

Of course this is done with skier's informed consent!

 

Of course the holes are "plugged"!

 

Of course the skier saves money!

 

Respectfully,

Vistman



What planet do you live on?

post #4 of 6

He lives on VIST, the 4th moon of Saturn.

post #5 of 6

I'm not a "special ski technician" but Blizzard gives you the option of using a "non hostage binding" with most of their skis. There is available a Slider Plate that will accept  any Binding on skis with waist width of over 80mm & new this season they have a smaller plate for under 80mm. Now the only problem is you can use any binding but your choice of skis is limited to Blizzard. I'm currently skiing on the Blizzard Atlas with the Look Pivot mounted on a slider. This season I will be on one of the Magnum series & be able to use the same binding that I have on the Atlas''s with no binding purchase. I wouldn't be surprised if  other Ski Co's. will make a similar move.

post #6 of 6

I'm not sure where you're shopping - maybe a big box store like Sports Authority ? Which I would not recommend anyway.  A good ski shop, or any online ski shop, will 'allow' you to buy any ski, boot, binding combination that you want, that should work well together.  For my past 2 ski 'package' purchases, I purchased the skis from one store, bindings from another, and boots from still another.  If you're looking for 'expert' advice, go to a reputable ski shop and they can work "with" you  to put together a package that works well for 'you', regardless of brand.  For my most recent 2 purchases, I already knew exactly what I wanted, so I basically shopped for the best deal (I shopped around not to save just $10 - $50 per item - I saved a total of $670! ). I would say it sound like you need to look for another place to do your ski shopping.

 

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