Leave racing for the podium chasers; this binding is about solid performance and automatic exit and entry for everyone else.
It's easy to put all your faith in your ski or your boot, but the glue that sticks these two pieces of gear together shouldn't be taken lightly. Atomic designed the Pilot Sport Skate Binding to balance performance with security while making it easier than ever to connect to your ski thanks to the auto-engaging toe piece. Pegging a weight that's exactly equal with the Atomic Pilot Race Skate binding, this binding feels similar underfoot when you're gliding but, when you're skating, you'll notice that the Pilot Sport is actually moderately stiffer. As a result, this binding has a reduced flex that gives you a stable platform underfoot, which is ideal when you're dialing in your poling technique and you find yourself more than a little off balance.
Binding performance isn't all about plate stiffness, of course. The Pilot Sport also utilizes a unique, two-axis binding-to-boot connection system shared by the entire Atomic performance and sport family: a full-length guide ridge, and a rearset toe pivot. Although not all of the bindings share a rigid second link in the aforementioned dual axis system, the Sport does, and this rigid link ensures maximum influence over torsional rigidity. Combine this improved rigidity with the advantage in ski control offered by the guide ridge underfoot and the benefit of the natural foot roll encouraged by the rearset pivot point, and you have a binding that helps you get the most out of your sport or performance ski.
- SNS Pilot system uses a rigid link behind the toe pivot to interface with a metal bar behind the toe-binding bar on the boot—this link improves lateral ski control by creating a secondary, floating connection between the boot sole and the binding
- Automatic step-in and step-out system lets you quickly push your toe into this binding to lock it in place and pull your toe away from the binding to disengage the toe
- 125 flex is Atomic's stiffest flex focused on maximum energy return for those with strong legs and a powerful, race-style kick
- Rearset pivot point moves the toe-binding pivot point further beneath the toe of the boot, resulting in a more natural foot roll and improve forward acceleration through smooth release after push-off when skating
- Binding uses a full-length guide ridge that interfaces with a full-length boot groove in the sole of a SNS-compatible boot—this interface between ridge and groove improves ski control by eliminating the opportunity for the boot to slip laterally off the binding plate when you're skating.
- Universal mounting allows you to mount this binding to either a SNS/NIS interface plate, which allows the use of the bvinding on NIS-equipped skis, or directly onto the topsheet of a flat ski
- An Atomic SNS binding can also be mounted onto a Wedge Plate which provides a 5mm underfoot lift. This underfoot lift gives you more room to fully angle your ski on edge when skating and it improves ski control and glide-through acceleration.
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will the rossignol X-8 boot work with this...
will the rossignol X-8 boot work with this binding. It is an NIS binding... but i know nothing about what the differences are?? The bindings I originally bought with my boots were too wide for my atomic world cup skis... also, my skis don't have a binding plate, so I think I need something that actually mounts directly to the skis. any info would be great.
No. It will not work with this binding. The Rossi X-8 Skate (not classic) boot will work in any NNN skate binding, including the NIS. If your skis don't have a plate, you will need a non-plate NNN binding for these boots (e.g.: http://www.backcountry.com/fischer-racing-r3-skate-binding). Current NNN bindings are branded either Rossignol, Fischer, Madshus or Rottefella.