In testing a ski with my boot system I realized that the measurement from the front boot heal to tail of ski is not really accurate across boot manufacture's different systems (and there are many now a days). To measure one boot, lets say a rubber D3 or Willey, is different than a hard shell as to where the human heal actually resides. I even would go so far as to say it is different from hard shell to hard shell. And then there is HO's rail system. We have calipers, slot calipers (digital or not), wing angle gauges, fin-a-majiges and so on that allows us to make micro adjustments to fins and wing angles that do make a difference in ski performance. Most if not all ski manufactures use and publish such numbers based on above tools. Nick Parsons wrote an article on boot placement and I had a chance to get schooled on it by him in person. Wish I had listened better but still learned the significant importance and how very small increments of boot placement can make a huge difference in the attitude of the ski. If this is the case how are we to know what 29.5" from the tail really is if the boots are all different in where the skiers heal really is? We don't all use the same manufacture for the ski and the boot.
My thought is to have the manufacture place a mark on whatever boot plate is used to secure the boot to the ski. From this mark, measurements to tail can be made and published. Measurement from the mark to the actual human not boot heal would be standard across manufactures.
What are you thoughts, ideas?
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