theabortionatorIf somebody started it and it wasn't complete shit it could catch on? I get that when things are a certain way they don't necessarily change. Just been wondering about this for 15 years or so. If it doesn't impact the safety and ride of the ski then there might be some hope. Even in a wild world sometimes a "standard" of some sort being brought in can get things more regulated. With the holes and the pattern on the bindings you can dial in pretty specific spots on a snowboard. I didn't know how much was lying in actual problems and in things just are done a certain way.
It would depend on who. Are you talking shared hole patterns from ski bindings that scale up by size? If you could get that sort of cohesion, sure. In the meantime, though, you have vast hole differences between a FKS vs STH vs Griffon vs Attack 13, etc.
As things currently stand, the logical solution would be some sort of plate set up that could be swapped out (like exists on some recreational and race skis now, though that are generally limited to one type of binding - usually the same brand that makes the skis). The most analogous example in the real world that can fit multiple parts would be the Glock MOS set up that allows for different RDS, with different hole patterns, to be swapped out on the same pistol slide. Same concept could work on skis.
Not without some ill affects, though. First, any sort of plate will raise the binding stack height. Plate would have to be very low to really work. That equals less thread depth though, which could be a problem for binding retention. Second, any sort of plate will alter the flex pattern of the skis. Third, as the plate interface would then be the binding connection, the plate supplier would then be taking on the majority of the liability risk. Fourth, it would require almost total change over within the product run and truly a large push within skiing to make happen.
That scenario would look like this.
We would have a standard hole pattern in the skis. This would be fixed across all skis.
Someone (could be us, could be someone else) would then sell adapter plates that would have fixed to-ski mounting holes, but various holes for patterns. So you would have like a FKS Small, FKS Large, STH Small, STH Large, etc.
Plate would then be bought by need and could be swapped out with bindings across skis, or could be left on and just have the bindings moved.
Again, this would come with significant liability risk and financial cost.
That would be the easiest/fastest way to bring some sort of in-ski T-Bolt option. I believe Jason had a unique solution to this with his Reactor binding, which was to just have holes in the center of the ski. Again, would require standardization of the binding itself to accomplish though. Maybe he can chime in as I am sure he has far more insight into this than I do just through conjecture.
Anyway, with snowboarding, because 1) they don't have to release and 2) boots don't have to fit to within a very tight tolerance, you can get away with a more standard system. The way ski bindings and snowboard bindings scale are very different.
If you had a consolidation of ski bindings - say a scenario where a new binding came out that vastly changed knee safety, or a consolidation of the market where you had brands going away....then maybe you can get a system in place where you have a set hole pattern in skis, but at this current time, the variables are vast.
One other thing is that....holes in skis are not a good thing if you are buttering or skiing a lot of park. You wouldn't want a scenario where you have a hole pattern that can go to say....335, but you are skiing at 305 and you have holes that might remain outside the binding platform. Those holes are weak points and would be more susceptible to breaking then if they were not there.
Again, lots of factors. There are logically, liability, and financial reason this doesn't currently exist.
skibum_markI bought my own insert kit and installed my own
One other thing. This tech already exists on the consumer end. Inserts can solve this problem and are readily available.