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Beginner AT seeking binding/ski advice

post #1 of 6
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I recently moved home to Vermont after having been away for years and skiing much less frequently than in the past. I've been regaining my legs on the slopes, but I live of a mountain with amazing terrain. Most of my neighbors either tele or have AT bindings, so in replacing my 10+ year old skis I've decided to go the AT route so I can ski the backyard or the resorts. I already have AT boots for the comfort factor, so now I'm trying to figure out what bindings to go with. I'm a basic all mountain skier - not super aggressive. I'm a woman and lighter than a lot of the men who post on these forums - not sure if that matters. One of the local ski shops recommended Marker Baron or the Fritschi Eagle. Any recommendations?

post #2 of 6
What boots do you have? Are they tech/dynafit compatible? If not, you are kinda locked into heavier stuff. Marker Tours are probably your best bet and given your size and style you would be fine on some Marker Tour F10's if you can find them.

If your boots are dynafit compatible then I would look that direction if you are at all serious about AT. I ski a set mounted on Shaman inbounds at Crested Butte all the time. Best of luck!
post #3 of 6

^^^^ yep what he said. I live for the day I can ditch all of my Alpine equipment and just have Dynafit bindings and compatible boots. If still in Alpine Gear maybe some Duke bindings for short treks to where you want to go?

post #4 of 6

I'd say the Barons are an alright choice if youre not planning on getting really into AT. If you are, i'd agree with the posts above me. Dynafit's rule!

post #5 of 6

If a person doesn't know if they like touring or not, then renting or borrowing a setup make so much sense. One or two tours should be enough for you to decide if you love it or hate it.

 

I think touring is the kind of thing that you have to be into it or its never worth it. Barons and skins alone combined cost as much as many of my alpine setups. The fitness requirements are such that its really hard to just do it once a month... If you decide that you really to want to tour, then duke / barons make very little sense unless you charge in the BC which is rare. 

 

 

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This seems to make a lot of sense.

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

If a person doesn't know if they like touring or not, then renting or borrowing a setup make so much sense. One or two tours should be enough for you to decide if you love it or hate it.

 

I think touring is the kind of thing that you have to be into it or its never worth it. Barons and skins alone combined cost as much as many of my alpine setups. The fitness requirements are such that its really hard to just do it once a month... If you decide that you really to want to tour, then duke / barons make very little sense unless you charge in the BC which is rare. 

 

 



 

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