|NIS Plates retrofitted to Atomic World Cup ST skate skis|
For several years I've been wondering when someone would market a retrofittable NIS binding plate that can be used on flat-top skis (like Atomic, Salomon, and some Fischer, and roller skis too). Rottefella has done it for the 2014/15 season. Here's a look.
|Top view: the front section.|
I received a set of these NIS retrofit plates by FedEx today and mounted them on a set of Atomic World Cup ST skate skis right away. All season I've been telling people that the new camber and improved mold regulation, has delivered for Atomic the best skate ski I've ever seen from them. I've told people that the new Atomic is a GREAT skate ski, but that it would be even better with the fore/aft adjustability afforded by the NIS binding plate. Well, thanks to the new NIS plate that screws down to the flat top skis, the Atomic skate skis are even better.
The NIS plate screws down with a heel plate (2 screws) and a main plate (6 screws). The main binding plate will allow three position adjustability, with each position separated by 1.0 cm. This compares to the current "bonded to the deck" NIS plate that has 7 positions separated by 5 mm.
|Tech Specs. Courtesy of Rottefella|
|Very visible in pink. But production pieces will be black.|
|Heel plate is separate.|
How does it compare, weight-wise, with the screwed-down R3 skate binding? The R3 Skate binding (one) weighs 140g with screws (measured). This new NIS binding adapter with screws weighs 60g (per foot), and the Xcelerator skate binding is 87g (each), making a total of 147g. So the plate + Xcelerator weighs about 7g more (measured).
For certain these will be available in quantity by autumn (Ultratune has already ordered a bunch of them).