Gear 2001: Salomon Pilot ski-binding system

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The most radical design departure for next season is

Salomon

's

Pilot ski-binding system

. Rather than being screwed into the top of the ski, the Pilot binding is attached laterally to the sides of the Pilot ski via mounting pins. The idea: Reduce the flat spot created by traditional bindings and preserve the natural flex of the ski. For 2000-01, the system will be available in two high-end packages: the Scream 10 Pilot ($949) and Scream 8 Pilot ($699).