8 Concerns of Gear Nerds

With solutions!

1. How far forward of the line should I mount the bindings my new skis?
None more forward. If you need to mount them forward, maybe you should buy shorter skis.

2. If only there was a ski size between 181 and 187!
Most skiers couldn’t tell the 1.5 percent difference between a 181 and a 184 if they had one on each foot. Get whatever size is cheaper.

3. Why do skier chicks always check their phones when I’m trying to talk with them?
Do not talk about gear. Smile and nod. Buy drinks. Continue to not talk about gear as long as possible.

4. “These bases are really soft.”
Stop hacking your $700 skis into rocks like a beater. I totally get the need for cast-iron durability if you ski at Big Sky or some other place with really sharp-ass rocks, but just looking where you’re going and unweighting a little will probably help more than magical “bomber bases” P-tex.

5. The weights of things that are less than an ounce
Don’t try to turn this into road biking. Carbon fiber is not going to make you ski better or have more fun. The only thing skiers should count in grams is weed.

6. Ramp angle
How to deal with “too much” ramp angle in boot/binding combo: tilt pelvis approximately 1 degree back, flex knees and ankles to press shins into front of ski boot; ski in that position.
How to deal with “too little” ramp angle in boot/binding combo: tilt pelvis approximately 1 degree forward, flex knees and ankles to press shins into front of ski boot; ski in that position.

7. Next Year’s Shit
You’ve already got really sweet gear. Take a lesson. A road trip. Buy rounds for women (or men!) at the bar. For the cost of a pair of next year’s skis, you could do all three and it will probably be a lot more rewarding.

8. Flex Index
Regardless of the boot or skier, there’s only two flexes: soft and stiff. I have a pair of 150 flex WC boots that bend like another company’s retail 120, and I have a pair of 120’s that flex like most 100’s. They both work just fine for turning skis and that’s because they fit, not the number printed on the side.