|Wings provide a wider base of support under the forefoot.|
The intent of the wings or outriggers is to provide an extended platform under the forefoot, providing better control of the ski. This has been the premise of the NNN binding design since 1998 when they introduced their wide platform R3 skate binding, and it has shown over the past decade that it's a good idea.
The wing wedges provide a space for the Pilot binding to sit down in a channel so that the wings are at the same surface level as the foot platform of the Pilot binding. Because of the inset dimensions, the wedges work very, very nicely with the Pilot but are not compatible with any other version of Salomon binding. It's not intended for use with the Profil, ProPulse, or Pilot Classic binding.
The wings - the lateral support extensions - seem pretty obvious and intuitive in their benefit, yet the idea of the wedge that lifts the toes by 5mm seems less clear-cut. While some marketing articles claim that the ski will spurt forward like a wet bar of soap ( ?? ) if you simply add this wedge, I find that the effect is subtle. It has 5mm lift over a length of 300mm. Sharpen your pencil: that's about a 1 degree angle.
|How much toe lift? The wedge is about a 1 degree angle.|
My opinion after testing skis with the wing-wedge, and without them, is that the wings definitely improve the feel of the skis. The wedge (toe lift) aspect, to me, is somewhat inconsequential.
The wing wedges are not an expensive item, they're less than $20/pr and include longer screws to replace the front-end screws on the Pilot binding. If you're retrofitting skis, the change-over is simple and quick and doesn't require any drilling - you can use the same holes as long as you don't mess anything up when removing the bindings.
At the relatively modest price, and with such minimal impact on the ski setup, it's something that anyone could try themselves and make their own decision on whether wing wedges are a benefit or not.