Searchbarred and found nothing. Is mounting your bindings true center really important for park skiing? As in will it throw me off axis while rotating, affect rail tricks, etc? The guy at my local ski shop didn't mount my bindings true center even though I specifically asked him to.
"a whole family was eating at a picnic table rail in the middle of the park"
Really? you didn't find one single thread on this?
Regardless, it really make such a small difference you likely won't even notice (provided it's not a 15 cm difference). Don't worry about it. Besides, back-from-center keeps your ski that little bit more verstaile for the rest of the mountain.
I measure out true center and mark it with a sharpy just to see where the ski manufacturer's version of center is in comparison. Then I always quiz the ski tech to see if they know what true center is. Most ski techs know their stuff, though be wary of the ones that won't do a beer mount--those are the bitches that will mount off center and claim they had to due to "warranty issues"
mounting at core center is at the center balance point of the ski. it is possible to be center mounted (per manufacturer) and be back from core center. True center is just measuring the ski and having the bole midsole be at the middle of the ski. This could be off from the core center. For most people, you really wont notice any difference. The biggest difference i see is in moguls and cruising on groomers. for park, its nice to have some extra tail when screwing up on a landing.
Personally I mount everything true center, and I always have to go to the back of the shop with a tape measure to be sure they don't fuck it up.
My reasoning is that I like skiing backwards when I ski. Having a ski that isn't absolute dead true center doesn't affect you much for jumping, rails, tricks, etc - but I do find it makes a big difference if you really want to haul ass going switch down the hill.
The only catch is that you lose some forwards performance in order to get that switch performance. Center mounted park skis in either deep snow, moguls or trees make you hate your life.
If you want to enjoy dead center give up on moguls, and be sure to have super fat skis to rock trees / pow.
I went way too far with this once. I had this idea that I was going to stop skiing forward, so I literally mounted my skis in a traditional mount but backwards. I had stumpy little tips and huge tails.
Absolutely unbelievable for charging switch, but I double ejected on a mogul and decided I might have gone too far.
beside that deep deep pow i dont have troubles with center mount what so ever, and most of the time i can get around in up to like 10 inches no problem moguls and trees aint shit either so i agree with you, i even center mount pow ski's, with all this new rocker technology doesnt make a difference anymore
I'm not sure center mount is great, as the bindings might not be exactly balanced either. Would it be better to have your body be in the center of the ski or have the ski perfectly balanced? Or is binding weight so insignificant that it doesn't matter?
I actually had a question about this as well. I got my 2013 chronics and asked the local ski shop to center mount them and when i got them back they were about 3 inches back of center, but they were centered over this line on the ski called the "midsole". If I ski mostly park and want to be able ski switch equally as well as regular, should I have the bindings mounted at true center or over this "midsole"?