First time poster here, found the website through google and have spent almost an entire weekend reading up on many different topics - super interesting.
Anyway, I'm in the market for a new pair of skis, probably some Faction Prodigy 2.0, although Black Crows Camox (not freebird) are also still a slight consideration. (The only reason is the Camox still have some Titanal underfoot whereas the Faction are all wood)
I do the majority of my skiing in the alps, depending on conditions on or off piste, I'd say maybe a 60/40 split. I like to be a bit more playful, but also going at speed when the urge comes, some smaller jumps on occasion, and of course venturing into the powder off piste when conditions allow. I'd not consider myself an expert skier, but not far from. I'm 170cm, 62kg and looking at 171-174cm skis (long I know for my height but I seem to prefer a bit longer length.)
My trouble seems to be in choosing bindings, after reading a lot here I seem to be even more confused. I've skied on Marker Squire's (probably 11's) and Tyrolia Attack, but recently also Fritschi pin bindings. I personally am in favour of the Attack2 11/12's.
Does anyone have any experience, particularly with Faction Prodigy 2.0 and a specific binding? Should I be going a bit higher with binding model, perhaps a 12/13 (My normal setting is 7-8, I will likely never get above 9 considering my weight), I have read that going with a slightly higher DIN model can be of use in certain cases, even if they're not going to be set that high.
Other questions that come to mind, how much does the Delta play a role? Does the distance between ski and boot make a big difference? Is it recommended to get a binding where the boot is as close as possible to the ski, or not?
On an unrelated topic, I recently skied the Camox Freebirds, with rented 130flex boots - I was flying (these guys flap around at 70km/h, again no metal underfoot). Conditions were perfect but I also felt the boots gave me a lot more stability. My boots are Atomic Hawx Magna 110s which I have now changed from 100 to 110 using the extra screws. Should I be considering getting 120/130 boots? I was always under the impression that skiing with 120/130 is for racing/hardcore downhill and 110 was rather respectable for on piste/off piste, playful, temporary aggression? Would there be any negatives to getting higher flex boots?
Thanks so much for any help/suggestions/experiences!