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I have read in a few random threads some bits and pieces about how binding placement affects ski performance (especially in relation to on/off side turns). If someone could explain this I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Also, how does the wing and wing angle affect ski performance? Thanks.

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You probably know that skis are a massive collection of compromises @itchtoski. But each ski has a sweet spot where it will behave most predictably and efficiently. Since there are a lot of different bindings on the market, and people have their own personal way of standing on their skis, it's up to the individual to move the bindings around until they find where that ski works best for them. One measurement does not fit all, but the factory specs are the best place to start.

 

On your onside turn, you tend to use your rear leg to push the ski around the turn to an extent. The further back your bindings are (in particular the rear binding), the easier your onside turns will be until you get too far back and your offside gets too easy and you start over-turning. Your onside turn is controlled more by how much you engage the front of the ski. Accordingly, the further forward your bindings are (in particular the front binding) the easier your offside turn will be, until you start over-turning.

 

How wings work requires a full essay. But essentially, it acts like a brake, and because it is positioned down low on the fin, its braking force acts like a lever on the ski. The more wing angle you use, the more drag it will cause, levering more of the front of the ski into the water. The more the front of the ski is levered into the water, the easier the ski turns.

 

If your skiing is at a stage where you are still trying to build enough speed to get early and wide, the wing should be removed because it is like trying to accelerate an underpowered car with the brakes on. If you are advanced enough that you are plenty early and wide and have too much speed at the ball for the ski to turn properly, the wing becomes a useful tuning aide. While having a wing at the back of the ski tends to make it a little more stable, like more feathers on an arrow, the lessons you will learn skiing without one in the beginning can be beneficial for life.

 

I hope this helps.

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