Welcome to the Newschoolers forums! You may read the forums as a guest, however you must be a registered member to post. Register to become a member today!
mystery3What skis OP?
If you ski %100 park go ahead and mount them center I guess...if you ski the rest of the mountain go back from center somewhat. Whatever you decide make absolutely sure to mark the skis if you want them mounted anywhere aside from the recommended mount point. Take a piece of masking tape where boot center is going to be, measure twice and mark a clean straight line across the ski where you would like boot sole center. Write boot center with an arrow pointing to the line. Otherwise you risk getting them mounted elsewhere, it happens all the time. Explaining to the counter person at the shop is not sufficient.
SkylineGTR_R32Definitely mount center on a park ski.
KevskiThis bit of your post I disagree with, though I get why you suggest that.
I'll add a bit of detail on why I think it's less black and white.
First - it depends if your ski is symmetrical. If this is the case (tip and tail are same dimension and the narrowest point of the ski is the centre) then absolutely mount it there.
But centre-mounting skis designed to be ridden further back is much more nuanced. Most freestyle skis are designed to be ridden a couple cm back from centre to make them suck less when making turns. Mounting forward makes the skis more squirelly, can give you more tail than you might want, and obviously makes it harder to keep your tips above fresh snow, slush or chop. Rocker helps deal with this a bit because it keeps the tips higher and makes it easier to get the tails around because they're also lifted off the snow more too.
At the end of the day it really comes down to which skis you're picking and how you want them to handle the mountain beyond the park.
On skis with more forward recommended mounting point and/or more rocker = less sacrifice mounting centre
If you're spending much more time in the park vs making turns and jibbing elsewhere = less sacrifice mounting forward of recommended
I've ridden at centre, -2.5 and -3 in the park (as well as all over), and the benefits at centre seemed outweighed by the sacrifices. I'm much more comfortable back a bit and I don't notice any difference in the air.