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Old January 10th 11, 07:56 AM posted to rec.skiing.nordic
Terje Mathisen[_2_]
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Default Adjusting NIS bindings?


What concerns me most from your description is how you ended up with
these skis. If the store staff doesn't know about using NIS, that
suggests you got them from somewhere that doesn't specialize (e.g.,
REI). And if they don't know about NIS, then they probably don't know
how to fit skis properly to your weight, age, ability and needs. So

Exactly, this was rather scary reading!

when I hear about your kick problems, it could be the day's conditions
were simply too warm for kick wax (vs. using klister), and/or the skis
are too stiff, i.e., not flexible enough, for you to get good purchase.
If the latter, I'd take them back. But first, get more info: visit a
real x-c ski shop(s) to get their opinion.

The real problem is that even if the store had gear to check/test
stiffness vs skier weight, they would almost certainly end up with far
too stiff skis for a purely recreational skier!

It takes _year_ of training to learn the technique required to be able
to ski on "properly fitted" competition classic skis!



On Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:37:23 -0500
"Morris wrote:

My new skis, bought near the end of last season and skied on only
once (still waiting for sufficient snow here in the northeast), have
these new-fangled "NIS" NNN bindings, which can be user-adjusted, to
move the bindings forward or backward on the skis. I got these,
instead of more conventional bindings, because that's what was
available, and my old skis were desperately in need of replacing.
The salesperson couldn't provide much help in explaining when I would
want to move the bindings, and a web search hasn't come up with
anything that I find helpful.

Does anyone have any experience with this kind of binding, and
any advice on what I should be paying attention to in order to
determine whether the bindings are in the right place?

It's hard for me to determine what variables are responsible for
what facets of performance here, since these skis are almost 30 years
newer than my old skis, and I'm switching from my dependable old
3-pin bindings to new NNN bindings. Also, the new skis are
noticeably stiffer than the old skis, and I have a feeling that it
will take me a bit of time to figure out how to wax them properly.
The one time I've been out on them I was having some trouble with my
kick, but it was rather warm and I was having trouble finding the
right level of red wax for the day.

I'm a purely recreational skier; I've never raced in my life.

Morris Keesan --

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