Hmmm. Maybe I should rephrase that.
How about, Help Prickly Find Bindings for His New Skis. Which he doesn't own yet. But whatever.
So, Prickly is about to pull the trigger on a pair of Watea 94s. Prickly will ski these about 80% lift-served/20% touring. That "lift-served" will be almost entirely offpiste, though that sadly doesn't mean all powder, far from it. They'll be used for everything from spring-morning, rock-hard ice to slush, and will get a lot of time in bumps too.
Prickly will buy the skis in Europe, as it's too much hassle, and potential expense (additional baggage, etc.) to haul them back from the US. But bindings will fit nicely in Prickly's checked baggage, so he will probably buy those in the States. Binding options (extra points for first person who says "get Dynafits", or "go tele"):
-Diamir Freeride Pro. Two guides Prickly catskied with in Canada used these as their go-to binding. One was a huckmeister, and he didn't seem bothered in the least skiing these. Prickly has heard mixed things about skiing these on hard snow. And he'd have to buy a binding crampon too (essential for Alps touring). He likes the weight though, and can get a pretty good deal in the US.
-Marker Baron. Prickly owns, Prickly loves, and Prickly's got the crampon already, which saves some cost. Dawg has these at a nice price. The downside, of course, is weight.
-Marker Tour F12. There's been a lot of talk about these, both good (skiability) and bad (durability). Prickly has three friends who own them, one of whom busted his pair on day one. It's worrisome. But this is kind of the Holy Grail of light-ish, tourable bindings. Just wonder. Same crampon as Baron, presumably. And Prickly may be able to get deal on them here in Italy.
So. Weigh in...
Also, tech types. Prickly wants to ski these with two sets of boots. One at 318 mm, one at 315. Is it better to mount binding based on longer sole?
Edited by prickly - 4/27/11 at 4:18am