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Help with buying boots and bindings to go with my new Fischer XC Superlight Crown

post #1 of 8
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I've not shopped for classic tourning equipment since my old 3 pin days so would appreciate some input. I've got an old pair of Fischer E 99 Mountain Crowns that are too long but they have usable NNN Rotafella auto step-in bindings but I'm thinking they are too wide for the narrower Superlights.

 

Just scored a brand new set of Fischer XC Superlight Crown skis (48/44/46) for $50 at a ski swap and I now need bindings and boots. These skis will be primarily used in tracks with fresh snow that has not been groomed recently.  I have a skate ski setup for freshly groomed conditions and a BC setup for off track travel.

 

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

 

post #2 of 8

I'm thinking the the Europa 99 Mountain Crowns probably have NNN-BC  bindings?

 

Nothing wrong with ordinary NNNs.

 

What boot are you going to use?

 

 

post #3 of 8

How about a standard NNN binding and a combi skate/traditional boot, like the Alpina SP 45?  You don't say if the Mountain Crowns are NNN or NNN-BC, but either way, there's nothing wrong with standard NNN.  And personally, I've found the better fit and better support of a combi boot more than makes up for whatever "stiffness" it might have in the diagonal.  If you really want, you can take the exoskeleton off of the Alpina for diagonal track skiing....but I don't quite know why you would unless you were competing.   I find most standard diagonal boots way too floppy and unmanageable for my tastes....  The combi boot will fit better, provide more ankle and foot support, and because it's slightly "stiffer" will track better on the ski -- all things that are desireable if you're skiing a light, skinny ski like the Superlights in fresh..

My $0.02.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

yes, the mountain crowns have the NNN BC.

 

Is there anyone using Pilot bindings to classic ski? I wonder what the difference is with skate set ups and classic set up for track. Sure would be nice to just use my Atomic Carbon Race boots and just get a new set of Pilot bindings for the classics.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm not familiar with combi boots. My lack of knowledge is really showing up here!

 

The Mountain Crowns have NNN BC. I'll take a look and see what I can find out about the Alpina SP45

 

thanks

post #6 of 8

You can use a pilot skate boot for classic and it is not as horrible as one might think.  Not good for the boots.

 

You can use a pilot boot in a non-pilot binding, but can't  use most non-pilot boots with pilot binding.  You would not want to use a pilot binding with a pilot boot for classic.  You probably don't want nnn-bc bindings on that light of a ski.

 

Combi gear sucks in most sports, and combi XC skis are no exception.  Combi skate/classic boots can be wonderful.

 

 

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You can use a pilot skate boot for classic and it is not as horrible as one might think.  Not good for the boots. Agree 100%.  Don't overuse your skate boot for classic; ít'll flex out the sole after a while.

 

 

You can use a pilot boot in a non-pilot binding, but can't  use most non-pilot boots with pilot binding.  You would not want to use a pilot binding with a pilot boot for classic.  You probably don't want nnn-bc bindings on that light of a ski. Correct.

 

 

Combi gear sucks in most sports, and combi XC skis are no exception.  Combi skate/classic boots can be wonderful.  Agree here also.  Combi skis suck donkey d*ck.  Combi boots, on the other hand, are actually one place where the design parameters for each activity really reinforce good qualities.  I'll never ski diagonal in "classic" boots again.

 

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post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Alright, sounds like my idea was not such a good one.

 

Looks to me like the Fischer Auto T3 is a good fit and then I'll find a boot to match that.

 

Suggestions on where to purchase?

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