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"Backcountry" ski setup ==> advise PLEASE...

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello all, 

I'm hoping someone on this forum could point me in the right direction on what kind of ski's/bindings/boots to get.

The more I read about the topic the more confused I become...

Here is what I'd like to do and what "backcountry skiing" means to me:

     Basically I would like to go out and ski where I would normally hike in my neck of the woods (South Eastern Mass). In particular un-groomed trails(with potentially quite a bit of unpacked snow) in a landscape with rolling hills; no major inclines or descents but inclines and descent none the less...

None of the trails I intend on using will be groomed so mostly powder and icy surfaces.And lots and lots of trees! 

So i'm thinking, flotation, maneuverability, glide, traction all very important but how much and when looking at the specs for different ski: compared to what...? 

Most skis advertised seemed to be designed more towards an more hardcore definition of backcountry skiing whereas others seem to be more suitable for use on groomed tracks but providing a bit more flotation... 

Anyway, please help.. I'd love to get out this coming winter...

 

Many thanks,

 

Jacob V.

post #2 of 7

How about a 75mm waxless tele setup?

post #3 of 7

rax and plums bro

unless  you dont want to be one of the cool kids

post #4 of 7

Agree on the 75mm waxless for what you want to do. You'll be happy.   I ski in the rolling hills of the east and Cascades out west. My rigs are Fischer Outabounds/3 pin Voiles/Merrell leather in the east and Shuksan/Dynafit/Megarides out west. I have skins for the Outabounds but seldom use them.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks all,

I've been eyeing this package (currently not available) http://www.orscrosscountryskisdirect.com/backcountry-madshus-eon-skis-package.html

overkill???

post #6 of 7

Not overkill at all IMO. I'd go for more float with the Annum. Skip the adjustable poles. Just make sure you have some with a bigger "powder" basket. I use some bamboo poles I bought in 1974. Not familiar with the boots but a comfortable fit is of 1st importance. You might try posting over at Time 4 Tuckerman as there is a lot of New England BC knowledge over there.

post #7 of 7

I thought this was a pretty cool set up that BWPA turned me on to.  For some of the stuff I do in the spring this would be a cool alternative for doing lots of ups & downs, or quick laps.  Check out the recommended boots & bindings.

 

http://www.rossignol.com/US/US/bc-125-wide-positrack_RH0WF13_product_nordic-men-skis-classic.html

 

JF

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