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    Katana VWERKS and Vipec /Tecton

    I am thinking of a VWerks Katana with Fritschi Tecton combo, as the most chargeable-while-still-skinnable ski. However, i have some concerns over the binding mount.

    There's a thread on mounting dynafits on the carbo katana, where someone mentions mounting a Fritschi Vipec on a BMT with screws falling outside of the reinforced H-mounting area (https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...87#post4583087).
    Looking at the mount area and Tecton-template (http://www.earnyourturns.com/wp-cont...t-area_15x.gif and https://www.wildsnow.com/backcountry...ton-1-2017.pdf), it appears all heel screws will fall right at the (inner) edge of the H area.
    Other than that, I have heard nothing about this combo. Does anyone have first hand experience with a) mounting a vipec to a katana/BMT ski? b) mounting any other binding outside of the H area?

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    https://skimo.co/tech-binding-hole-patterns


    Looks good, I say go for it.

    Be ready to encounter air voids in the core when you drill, even within the mount area. As long as the screws snug up ok, you're good. Take extra care.

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    Oops my bad...you said vipec..not kingpin. Duh.

    Carry on
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    I've mounted loads of V-Werks skis with lots of different bindings that have mounting locations outside the pattern and I can't see any difference in the core between holes within the pattern and those outside - and I'm mostly installing inserts so I'm drilling big holes so can see the core as well as 'feel it' when tapping the holes.

    My conclusion is that there's no actual reinforced pattern at all and that it was all a marketing scam from Volkl/Marker to get you to buy their bindings.

    And IIRC they've now dropped their "you must use (Marker) bindings withing the pattern or our warranty is void" crap and now they just say that they "recommend the use of Marker bindings".

    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    https://skimo.co/tech-binding-hole-patterns......Be ready to encounter air voids in the core when you drill, even within the mount area.......
    +1.
    Last edited by Spyderjon; 12-06-2017 at 02:33 PM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyderjon View Post

    My conclusion is that there's no actual reinforced pattern at all and that it was all a marketing scam from Volkl/Marker to get you to buy their bindings.
    Agreed.

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    thanks all, that sounds confidence inspiring. Will report back (if and) once this combo sees the light of day.

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    I am also looking to mount Tectons on a Vwerks ski.

    I personally prefer a larger ramp angle than stock. So, I would prefer to get a heel shim <= 4mm high that will also provide structural reinforcement. Any recommendations on where to look for a shim / reinforcing plate for a Tecton heel?

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    I have some BMT 94 with Ion 12, but I'm willing to go lighter.
    Do you think I could mount some Plum Race bindings instead of the Ion ? There should be at least about 10mm between the old holes and the new ones, and I think all the new holes would be outside the reinforced area that may be a marketing BS.

    What do you think ? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    I have ions on vwerks katanas, and the binding area is definitely not just marketing Bs. Definitely air outside the template.

    You can go lighter, but run the rush of pre releasing.

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    There's air inside the template, too.

    I was pretty fucking careful mounting some BMTs... and was surprised to drill into a void within the bullshit "mount area"... pretty sure it's just a marketing spin.

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    What are you guys mounting on your Vwerks katana? Was thinking of tecton but am now inclined to go lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_H View Post
    I personally prefer a larger ramp angle than stock. So, I would prefer to get a heel shim <= 4mm high that will also provide structural reinforcement. Any recommendations on where to look for a shim / reinforcing plate for a Tecton heel?
    For just a shim, you can buy 1/8" (3mm) aluminum flat bar drops on ebay pretty cheap and drill your own holes. Doesn't have to be pretty to get the job done. I did this for use with ZeroG boots, which really reduce ramp compared to fully rockered AT boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smooth operator View Post
    What are you guys mounting on your Vwerks katana? Was thinking of tecton but am now inclined to go lighter.
    G3 ion

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