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0deg/flat ramp bindings

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Morning all.

 

Haven't been on for a while, but have been reminded that Epic is the home of all things ski geek - I mean this in a good way - and I need your information, please!

 

I've recently been to see a biomechanics expert and boot-fitter (and top trainer, too - he's seen me ski in stress conditions, most recently a BASI technical skiing exam) who, after some other work on my boots, recommended I ski with a 0deg ramp angle (ie, no difference sole-to-snow at heel and toe). My current set up (on Dynastar contact 4x4 with dedicated binding) is a 3mm heel-high ramp.

 

He wants me to ski on flat for a month or two but said not to be surprised, after experimenting, if I found a toe-high set-up even better.

 

So, the queries: I've just bought a pair of Rossi S5s, no bindings. What binding would you recommend?

 

And finally: I'm also looking for a new pair of slalom skis - I've previously used Salomon 3Vs, which I loved. However, I confess I have no idea what their current configuration is; I believe they are flattish, but don't know. I've heard the same about Atomic. Any ideas?

 

I'd also accept advice on what bindings can be shimmed up to make them flat!

 

My thanks for reading and, I hope, contributing!

post #2 of 8

My recommendation would be to measure your Dynastars and make sure it really is 3mm of difference. Then setup your Rossis with the same delta as your Dynastars. Then get a toe-lift on your boots to zero out the bindings.

 

Any binding tat mounts flat to the ski can be shimmed (OK geeks show me the exception to the rule)

Very few system skis can be shimmed

Nearly all race plate/binding setups can be shimmed. Not only that, but it's easy to change the shims. That's why I use Marker Piston plate with Comp 16.0s on my hard snow skis. Experimentation is easy, 2mm at a a time.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

It really is 3mm of difference - we measured it. I'll check out the race plate thing, thank you!

post #4 of 8

I use Look PX lifter bindings (or Rossi/Dynastar equivalents),  but leave off the heel lifter.  That,  combined with inside the boot heel lift effectively removes some of the forward lean from my boots for a more neutral stance (for me).

 

AM. 

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Sandgroper61 View Post

It really is 3mm of difference - we measured it. I'll check out the race plate thing, thank you!

 

How did you measure it?  If you didn't measure from the base of the ski to the base of your boot while it's in the binding then you did it wrong .

 

I'm interested in how your fitter determined that you should have a 0* delta.  Did he run a plumb from your knee down over your boots while in your bindings?
 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm loving the assumptions that a) we did it wrong and b) my fitter doesn't know what he's talking about.

 

Yes, we measured with the boot in the binding. How else would we do it?

 

I can't remember the name of the machine Andi used; there are two in Europe and he has both. There are several in the US largely used in connection with the US ski team. The tests were done at a shop in England called Solutions4Feet, run by someone known on this forum as CEM.

post #7 of 8

Great - then CEM can comment on how he determined the 0* delta requirement with this "machine".  You should have mentioned who your fitter was from the start smile.gif.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

CEM's shop; he was there, but not doing the set-up - that was Andi McCann, who he works with: http://www.mccannix.com/ . I have no idea what his alignment/stance kit is called; CEM might know.

 

For what it's worth, he was my examiner in my recent BASI ISIA tech skiing exam (I failed) so had seen me ski for a week before I went to have my set-up checked. This was not done in isolation.

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