Where you mount a binding on a ski will have a significant effect on how the ski performs. Even moving the binding just a few millimeters will result in a totally different skiing experience, which can be awesome or totally detrimental depending on what you’re looking for in your gear. Here we’ll cover a few popular mounting points and how they’ll change you ride so when your shop tech asks where you should mount your skis, you’ll have the answer.
Most boot manufacturers will indicate the center of the boot sole.
When considering where to mount ski bindings, shop techs will look at where mid-sole marker on your ski boot will fall on your ski. Most ski builders will mark their recommended mounting point based on how the ski is designed to perform. Usually this point is based on what is considered a “traditional mounting point” which puts the mid-sole of the boot a few centimeters behind the true center of the ski. In most cases it is best to follow the recommendation. These guys and gals know what they’re talking about.
We recommend using the factory recommended point for the Coalition Snow SOS and any other ski you plan on using in all conditions.
This is the recommended mounting point for Coalition Snow skis.
Mounting at True Center (Park and Pipe)
Moving the bindings forward from the recommended mounting point will make the skis feel shorter because less ski length in front of the binding means that less weight is needed to initiate turns. The upside is that ski will be easier to turn at lower speeds and more balanced on rails and boxes or while skiing switch. The down-side is that the ski will feel less stable at high speeds and won’t respond as well in carved turns. The skier may feel like they are “going over the handlebars” at times. A center mount is generally recommended for a symmetrical or “true-twin” ski such as the Coalition Snow Bliss as long as you plan on spending most of your time in the park or pipe. If the Bliss is your go-to daily driver we recommend moving the binding back to the traditional mounting point.
Mounting Bindings for Powder
Moving the binding back from the traditional mounting point shifts the skiers weight back allowing the ski to float through powder and crud. This will help when skiing wet and heavy snow like what is found in the maritime climate. However the ski will be less playful than a ski that is mounted at the traditional recommended point. This mounting point is only recommended for a powder ski that you plan to use solely on bottomless powder days such as the Coalition Snow Abyss.
The Quick and Dirty on Coalition Snow Ski Mounting Points
The Bliss: Mount on the recommended line unless you’re familiar with a center mounted ski and plan to only use the ski in the park and pipe
The SOS: Mount on the recommended line for all conditions
The Abyss: Mount on the recommended line unless you’re familiar with a powder mount and plan to only use the ski on those bottomless powder days.
La Nieve: While there is no marker indicating the mounting point on this ski, true center is found along the top of the Coalition logo in the middle of the ski. We recommend aligning the ball of the foot with true center for best ski performance.
In general we recommend sticking with the factory recommended mounting point unless you’re familiar with moving your mounting point.
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