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Center Mount Touring Skis?
This is strictly a touring setup. I have a separate setup for park/resort.
I feel way more comfortable riding center mounted skis, being able to pivot and turn on a dime with equal swing weight on the front/back.
I just bought the JJ ultralights, I've got kingpins to mount on em. I'm tempted to put em dead center. I'm just not sure how this would effect my kickturns etc. on the uphill.
Maybe there are other factors that should be considered since it's purely a touring setup?
For context: I live/ski on the west coast in BC. I like doing butters, popping off everything in sight, drops, glades, maybe the odd couloir here and there, and also love going out and building jumps to hike and hit all day. I love doing 180s so yes I will be riding switch on them, but I don't want to make my life difficult on the uphill/other aspects of riding JUST so I can ski switch on a center mount...
Thanks for thoughts/advice! :) :)
Do it.Maybe Mount a few cm back like the BC120
The Freestyle mount point is like -2.5 I would keep it there. Center mounting it is going to not be fun in powder. I doubt it would make a difference uphill but downhill it will make a huge difference.
I centered mounted my catamarans with kingpins
Although I probably pissed off a lot of shop employees by doing this I do not regret my decision
It's the most core thing you can do, I say go for it.
recommended is at -2.5 just put them there
It shouldn't affect uphill travel at all. Kick turns are easier on a ski that's -2 vs one that's -11. They'll hang more balanced and you're less likely to catch your tips.
Pow will not be as good on them center as it would be a few cm back, and the point of fat touring skis is to ski pow.....
That said, I would only mount them at center if you've skied them at recommended (or just like -4) as well as true center, in a variety of conditions and are absolutely positive that you like them better. I used to be on that "Needs to be centered!" train, until I got demo bindings and messed around with mount points. I found that a few cm's back gets you a lot of variable snow performance, at a nearly indiscernible loss to jibability. Your mileage may vary, but you owe it to yourself to try the skis mounted at the line they were designed for.
The longer your tail the further you have to kick your ski forward on a kick turn, but shouldent be a big factor. I would be more concerned with the ride quality since you tend to get heavier snow on the coast.
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