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Don't listen to the people telling you to mount at core center. I mounted at +5.5, which is 2 ahead of K2 recommended. They ski great both forward and switch, and I've never had any problems. Definitely a little more versatile on soft groomers, but still excellent in powder.
I heard you want to mount as close as possible to center that you are comfortable with. There is plenty of float from the rocker that you dont have to worry about that, and you want to mount closer to center because that is where the ski is the stiffest.
if you mount to far back then you get out of the stiffest part of the ski and its prone to wheeling.
My hellbents are mouned at +6 and there great, depends on your weight to if you weigh more i suggest you dont go center on the 169 or your tips will dive in the deep snow. Go +6 they ski great backwards and forwards they are a dream
I've found that +7 ish is the money spot on my 189's. You want to be pretty far forward. Much further back and there's not enough ski behind you that actually touches the snow. it's such a fat ski with such big rocker, even mounted forward will give you awesome float and no tip dive.
Very good to hear! I'm gonna get Hellbents (179) and thought about mounting 2 cm back from true center. Is it a good mounting point? Park (40-50%), groomers (30%) and powder (20%). Regular (60-70%) and switch (30-40%).
Yeah, it sounds crazy. I tested them though and loved them so that's what matters to me. I'll keep my Elizabeths and they're gonna be a rail/jibbing ski, the Hellbents will be more for jumping. They're such a stable landing platform.