i currently own a pair of armada alpha 2's with a pair of griffon bindings on them and i love the way they ski. but i have further interest in AT and backcountry skiing this year. i am worried that if i get an AT set up (armada jj's with marker tour f12 bindings and dalbello V.I.R.U.S tour I.D boot) that the virus boot wont fit into the griffon. because the dalbello comes with a vibram soul i am not sure if the boot will fit with the griffon binding. do the dalbellos come with a regular din piece? or will they fit with the vibram soul, or should i look at other boots?
AT boots vs alpine bindings
People do this all the time, but not a great idea. The problem is not that vibram soles cannot be made to fit in a DIN binding. If it has a toe height adjustment, easy. Otherwise, a little filing of the boot. But the soles compress, and have a higher and less constant friction than DIN soles. So your release becomes more variable, less predictable. Not a good thing. Would suggest an AT boot with DIN compatible sole blocks you can swap out. Or just accept not skiing the alphas with your Viruses.
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They won't fit into your Griffons from last year. But if you look at this year's Griffon, you'll see that they've moved to a ramped, moving AFD. That means you can adjust the AFD to give you more room/stack height, plus it moves side-to-side to aid release of a boot with a sticky (vibram) sole. Last year only the Tour, Baron and Duke had that AFD. This year they all seem to have it (except the Jester Pro). The only question I have is that the Virus has a pretty rockered sole. So I'd want to check it first to make sure. But I suspect you'll be fine with a new Griffon, but probably not with the pair you have.
Virus boots do not have swappable soles like some other AT boots (Salomon Cochise, Dynafit Zzeus & Titan, BD Factor...)