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Rossignol Scratch

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Are there any Rossignol specialists out there? I'm thinking about buying some Rossignol Scratch Eco Loden with Axium 95 Bindings.

Can anybody advise whether this model is closer to the Scratch FS or just the plain old Scratch? And is there any real difference between the two in any case? I skied on a pair of FS this year and really liked them.

Also do you know anything about Axium bindings? I suspect they might be more aimed at kids than 90 kg, 6ft plus blokes. Is this right? Are Axial bindings much different?

Any help much appreciated.
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SkiRock, the Axial bindings have a heel piece that rotates, so they're meant to be safer although I don't know if that's true. But Rossignol market the axium as lower end bindings and so the DIN range on them is lower.

In the long term you should be looking to have a set of bindings that you usually set at about 75% of the maximum DIN setting to help preserve the spring in the binding. I went for the Axial 120 (I think) this year as I ski with my bindings around 8/9 and the DIN on those runs to 12/14.

You're a bigger bloke than me, so you may be wanting to look for a binding with a higher rating too.

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Marc, thanks very much for this - very useful. So if my DIN setting is only 7/7.5 then 9.5 might be OK at a push? Can you also protect the spring by taking the DIN setting right down when not using the skis?

Also - for anyone who is remotely interested I managed to speak to AMG Outdoor (Rossignol's contact in the UK) and they said that the Scratch Eco model is only very slightly different tothe FS series, in that the Eco comes without the layer of fibreglass either side of the wood core, present in the FS.

Not sure how much this really impacts on performance but apparently it makes the Eco a little less "aggressive" in the park and a bit better to ski on the piste" than the FS. So there.

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Probably makes it slightly less snappy/reactive. So with the fiberglass you could make quicker, snappier turns (good for the park), and without it turns would be smoother and more drawn out (good for the piste). More firerglass also tends to make skis popier (is that a word?) off jumps. That's just my guess. Probably you would actually feel little to no difference.
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Sounds like a pretty reasonable guess.

re: "popier" - maybe it just needs another "o" or "p", depending on your meaning.
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I own a pair, and they are great!

Think carefully before you turn when you are moving slowly on piste though, cos i found sometimes they just didnt go where i wanted them to. This may just have been because they are the widest pair of skis i have skied on though!

ponder is completely right about the effect that the different construction has. That said, they did me proud off-piste and on-piste and i would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to try some twin-tips without having to sacrifice on-piste performance too much!
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SkiRock wrote:
So if my DIN setting is only 7/7.5 then 9.5 might be OK at a push? Can you also protect the spring by taking the DIN setting right down when not using the skis?


Yes and yes I'd think.
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All Rossignol bindings are made by Look, so the Axial 12 is the equivalent of the Look 12 etc, IMO they are the best bindings you can buy. I've used look for years because I believe the turn-table heel is the safest in a twisting fall. They are also, I believe, less prone to pre-release than other makes. We always wind the bindings right off on all our skis at the end of every season and store them in the closed position.
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