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Advice on Touring set-up...did I mention I've never toured?!

post #1 of 8
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This year my fiancé and I are taking our avalanche safety and plan to try touring.  Rather than renting equipment for 8 days for $400 I'm thinking about buying a touring set-up. But I don't really know what I'm looking for.  

 

Im guessing that we will tour on short trips (3-4 hours max). My cardio is not great so I doubt we'll do 8 hour trips. 

 

Being that I don't know how much touring we will do (frequency of trips) I'm looking at a used set-up. So here's the million dollar question. If you were me would you buy this used set-up for $500?

 

08/09 movement iki

Fritschi freeride plus binding 

skins

 

the iki is 117-80-105

 

My concern is that the dimensions seem a bit small. But maybe they seem small because new skiis keep getting bigger and bigger! 

 

Im 5'5" 135 lbs

I ski blues with ease and most blacks without too much difficulty (but it can be ugly!). 

 

Currently ski nemesis in 169 and atomic Balanze 159.  Also have armada arvw 165 but not  skiied it yet. 

 

post #2 of 8

Find a competent touring buddy and ask them for advice.

post #3 of 8

You will want to confirm that the bindings can be adjusted for your boots. Even then, its probably not the best choice.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Good point. I assume it's ok because it's ex rental gear. Looks like they had barely been used. 

 

Why would you suggest it's not the right set-up? 

post #5 of 8

The freeride binding comes in 3 sizes, most people can fit only 1 or 2 of the sizes, not all 3.

 

I knwo nothign about those skis, other than what was posted. If you are touring for powder, you may want something a bit fatter than that.

post #6 of 8

With respect to what is said above, what does a pair of Fritschis cost new? I don't think it's too much less than $400. SO maybe you should just go for it. Then if you find that for you, those skis are inadequate, you can pull the bindings and put them on something else. After 8 days of your course, you will have a better idea of what you want in a ski, and you will have observed what your instructors and the others in your class used and how it worked for them.

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With respect to what is said above, what does a pair of Fritschis cost new? I don't think it's too much less than $400. SO maybe you should just go for it. Then if you find that for you, those skis are inadequate, you can pull the bindings and put them on something else. After 8 days of your course, you will have a better idea of what you want in a ski, and you will have observed what your instructors and the others in your class used and how it worked for them.



I could not sell a pair of medium Freeride + on this site last season for about $200. I ended up trading them for a small size for my wife's setup. 

 

The Freeride is a proven design and relatively bomber touring binding if you want a step in binding and are ok with the tradeoffs. Just so-so torsional rigidity compared to most alpine binders. Not super light. And this version of the binder still has the "franken stride" pivot location.

 

 

post #8 of 8

I've bought, um...too much used BC gear in the last few years. Price sounds a bit steep to me. My 1st setup was used Frischi's for $150 and 3 yo Shuksan's for $80.Megaarides for $100.  You don't mention boots. If you use your alpine boots your tours will be short. Not a big deal IMO as the main thing is to get in the game cheap and then grow. Have fun is the word. 

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