Can anyone explain why lifters are bad for freeskiing and what they are meant for?
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i dont like them because i am lifted farther away from my ski which makes it alot harder to feel rails underneath me. i can drop an edge fine without em so why have them. shops always get pissed at me b/c i have so many pairs of the p14 with lifters, but i make them take off the lifters and grind down all 16 screws so they fit normally, they hate all the extra work. they are made for racing, not park skiing
Lifters under bindings create a more solid lever mechanism between the ground and your boot with the edge as the fulcrum as it creates a more vertical angle. (That probably went over everyones head as I cant explain it very well). In effect making edge contact more solid, as well as the skier being able to get more angulation on a turn without the boot hitting the snow. It was a massive fad in the very late 90s to put 2 inch riser plates on really short carvers (like Salomon axecleavers) to do crazy angulated short turns. Then racers cottened on to it and started racing slalom on 145cm non racing carver skis with 2 inch plates until FIS created the regulations against it.
Plates are bad for freestyle as they have little effect on wider skis, they make grabbing harder as the ski is further away from your body, they make sliding rails less balanced and landings less stable.