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Alpina Rottefella NNN BC Magnum Binding

ultimate off-trail xcountry (stride and glide) binding

lilcliffy

Pros: light; complete extension of nordic stride; wide flat base for BOF control

Cons: not as versatile as 75mm binding (no telemark options)

When I say "xcountry" I specifically mean classic kick (stride) and glide skiing. From my experience; the NNNBC Magnum is the best off-trail kick and glide binding available- stable and efficient.  It is perhaps the best simply because it also widely available- with a huge selection of boots to match it. The SNS X-ADV bindings are very good as well.  Though narrower than the NNNBC-...
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ultimate off-trail xcountry ski boot
ultimate off-trail xcountry ski boot

Alpina Alaska NNNBC

Pros: performance; comfort; durability; warmth; not a dedicated telemark boot

Cons: poor insoles; not a dedicated telemark boor (if that is what you are looking for)

versatile off-trail xcountry ski
versatile off-trail xcountry ski

Madshus Epoch Ski (Multi, 195)

Pros: versatile performance; value; durability; not really a true telemark ski

Cons: not really a true telemark ski (if you are primarily looking for a downhill-oriented ski); jack of all trades- master of none?

versatile and efficient off-trail xcountry ski
versatile and efficient off-trail xcountry ski

Madshus EON Ski (Multi, 205)

Pros: performance; efficient in dense snow; value; durability; not really a telemark ski

Cons: lacks flotation in deep, soft powder; not really a telemark ski (if that is what wou are looking for)

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2009 Ski Trab Stelvio FreeRide Ski

2009 Ski Trab Stelvio FreeRide Ski

Find out what's beyond the resort boundaries on the Ski Trab Stelvio FreeRide Touring Ski. This freeride touring ski's lightweight, yet torsionally stiff construction provides effortless touring and plenty of strength for pushing yourself to new limits in the backcountry. The Stelvio FreeRide Touring Ski's Power Cap construction optimizes torsional strength for dependable touring...

2010 K2 Coomback Telemark Ski

2010 K2 Coomback Telemark Ski

In honor of one of the greatest ski guides of all time K2 created the go-anywhere, do-anything Coomba Ski. Fat in the waist, rockered in the tip and ready to rip, this fir-core ski loves the deep days, but makes lemonade when Nature serves up lemons. K2's skin clip arch takes the hassel out of keeping skins locked onto the tail of the Coomba when you're stomping out a skin track, and...

2010 Kneissl Tour Star

2010 Kneissl Tour Star

A Touring Ski and More Built with the same materials and exacting standards of the Kneissl racing skis, the Tour Star is a high performance, beautifully finished lightweight ski specifically designed to provide geat edge grip and smooth running in the extreme conditions mountaineering and touring skiers demand. Equally adept on piste, the Tour Star will delight you with its versatility. This...

2010 Nordica Zero Ski

2010 Nordica Zero Ski

Achieve Zen-like balance, bird-like flotation, and porn star curve when you ski the Nordica Zero Ski. This new school true twin punishes the backcountry and park like a couple of misbehaved children. Equally-weighted tip and tail make spinning and riding switch a cake walk, while ample underfoot and sexy curve help you carve a capital 'P' in the powder without getting sucked under.

2010 Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Ski

2010 Rossignol BC 90 Positrack Ski

If you like to head out into the woods and make your own trails, you've found your ski. Rossignol made the BC 90 Positrack Ski for skiers who venture into the wilderness and seek out a few turns on the steeps. The BC 90's wide geometry and stable underfoot construction take you deep into the untracked reaches. With Rossignol's waxless Positrack base, this ski opens the...

2011 Dalbello Sports Virus Lite Touring Boot

2011 Dalbello Sports Virus Lite Touring Boot

After picking the mind within the mowhawked-head of freeskiiing master Glen Plake, Dalbello crafted, and now, proudly introduces the Men's Virus Lite Touring Boot. The walk/ski mode mechanism on the back cuff combined with a two-piece, Bio-Stride tongue allows full articulation during stride when touring. Pull the nylon tab to release the tongue, and reap the benefits of a longer, less...

2011 K2 BackUp Ski

2011 K2 BackUp Ski

“ I purchased a pair of backups 2 months ago. Right on  the next weekend I tried them on a great, sunny day of resort skiing. The ski seemed to work well but in the end of the day I noticed that the tip of the one ski was raised really early. It had changed shape!!! and looked like a rocker ski. I was a bit shocked since I had not even fall (except a minor one), jumped or hit anything...” --Panayotis

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2013 Atomic Aspect BC Ski

2013 Atomic Aspect BC Ski

The new Atomic Aspect is the well-rounded touring performer for up and downhill in the backcountry. Its moderate 85 mm waist width, combined with the lightweight wood core, makes this ski especially versatile: it is a combination which makes the Aspect easy to maneuver both up and downhill and helps the skier to save energy. New for 2012/13 is the Ti Mega Grip – a robust,...

2013 Atomic Atlas BC Ski

2013 Atomic Atlas BC Ski

The Atomic Atlas is the ultra-wide backcountry ski for memorable rides in the deepest powder snow. Daron Rahlves loves this ski: its huge 125 mm waist width and big Powder Rocker in the tip enable the Atlas to float across powder snow, while the lightweight wood core absorbs vibrations and allows the skier to save energy. This performance ski has been further improved for 2012/13: the...

2013 Atomic Charter BC Ski

2013 Atomic Charter BC Ski

The Atomic Charter is a versatile backcountry ski which really comes into its own on the downhill. With a generous 100 mm waist width and a huge Powder Rocker in the tip, it glides effortlessly through powder snow, while the Step Down Sidewall ensures reliable edge grip on hard terrain at all times. New for 2012/13 is the Ti Mega Grip – a robust, ultra-lightweight titanium insert below...

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