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post #1 of 8
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I have narrowed down my search to the following list:
For boots:
-Dynafit Titans
-Dynafit ZZero

For bindings:
-Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12 Binding

For skis:
-Dynafit Stoke
-Dynafit Manaslu
-K2 Coomback
That's where I need help. I was leaning more towards Stoke but I have heard that inserts have failed resulting in loose bindings not staying on in the field. This seems to also be the case with Manaslu as well where inserts along with screws have completely come off.
I have heard good things about K2 Coomback but they are obviously heavier than the the other two but they are wider.

I was thinking about going with this set up since I'm not looking to do more than 2-3 days long trips:
K2 Coomback, Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12, Dynafit ZZero

Please let me know what you think and give me some suggestions on other setups that has worked great for you. Thank you
post #2 of 8

I have the Manaslu and had some mounting issues but I understand that if the shop mounts them properly it is not an issue. There is a lot of good information at http://www.wildsnow.com/ on everything Dynafit. And the k2 Coomback's also. That website has a good search function too.

post #3 of 8

I mounted my Manaslus fine with verticals without issues, but I first trimmed the plastic off the top of the holes above the inserts, made sure the screws turned easily with out binding in the binding bases (some people drill them out a bit), and used extreme care in threading the screws (and used epoxy to boot).  I even remounted the bindings a couple of times without issues.

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Dkash52 View Post
I was thinking about going with this set up since I'm not looking to do more than 2-3 days long trips:
K2 Coomback, Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12, Dynafit ZZero
Please let me know what you think and give me some suggestions on other setups that has worked great for you. Thank you


If the boots fit you well, then that would be a fine set-up.  Well balanced and good all-around.  

 

post #5 of 8

My 2 cents:

Both me and my friend bought the Titan boots a couple of years ago.  Last year, both of us purchased the Dynafit TLT performance boots, now neither of us use the Titan's.  I think the TLT's are actually stiffer than the Titan's, plus they feel like a slipper and they walk like a running shoe.  The only downside is they are a little colder than the Titan's, yet I don't have a problem with cold feet.

 

As far as ski's, I have the Manaslu's and love them for how much the weight.  Yet, they don't like speed at all.  As long as you keep the speed in check they ski extremely well.  Be warned - they have a very thin base, yet this really isn't an issue since you have skins on them most of the time.  As far as mounting - I didn't have any problems at all, pretty straight forward and with over 150 days on them - no issues.   One note - don't buy the dynafit skins.

 

A few of my friends have the Coomback and they love them.  The trick to them is to buy a MIX skin (50% mohair, 50% synathetic) for multiday tours.  One great thing about them is the colors they use on the top seem to help from snow/ice build up on top of the ski.  I have this problem on the Manaslu as they are mostly black.

post #6 of 8

Glad to hear you had no mounting issues with the Manaslu's. Trick, I hear, is to drill first to get rid of any excess adhesive that may be there.

 

What's not to like with the Dynafit skins? I don't have them but was considering getting them for my Manaslu's.

post #7 of 8

The way the dynafit skin is cut for the Manaslu is the problem.  The front tends to fold over and allow snow to get between the glue and the skin - plus this put a lot of drag when you are climbing.  It is also cut to narrow at the wais and when you are on a steep icy traverse, the skin is so far away from the edge you don't get any forward push.

 

I didn't have to pre-drill anything!  Just use the right size screw driver, yet I don't know about the new bindings that Dyanfit just came out with.

post #8 of 8

Heard from someone in the know on wildsnow.com that it was not uncommon for adhesive to pool in the bottom of the plastic plug, hence the suggestion to drill. Happened to me on 3 y.o. Manaslu's. Thanks for your take on the skins. I'm using BD Mohair mix and happy with them. But I'm easy to please.

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