August 30, 2018

Binding Lifters – What are they & why you need them

As we all are aware, every pair of race skis has a binding that connects the boot to the ski, and for many years now there is a plate or blocks between the ski and the binding. In most of our minds, This is all we need to be successful.

As in most high-performance sports, there are fact and learning based rules that cover dimensions of may performance aids whether they are wings on the back of a race car or the stand height of a ski binding combination. In both cases, more of a good thing becomes a safety issue and so rules are created that do not allow a situation to go beyond enhancing performance to the point of being a safety issue.

Today we deal with the ski binding combination.  It has been determined that while a higher stand height is faster and creates more grip, too high becomes unpredictable.  50mm has been determined to be adequate for performance while allowing maximum possible safety and predictability. The truth of the matter is most ski /plate binding combinations are quite a lot less than 50mm. This can be confusing when the ski and the binding are manufactured by the same company. The not so obvious reason is each model and size of ski is a different thickness in the area where the plate and binding are mounted and thus binding shims or lifters are the Fudge factor that allows the ski tech to tune the package for optimal performance. It also allows for some back and forth balance correction to personize the package in coordination with the athlete’s coach.

This fine tuning has a substantial effect on the performance of the athlete/equipment package and should not be overlooked lightly.  It is like buying the highest performance tires for your car and not getting the correct tire pressures.


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