Am I on to something with this DIY project, or is it totally ridiculous?
I did quite a lot of randoneè touring back in the earlt- mid 80`s, when equipment was not nearly as available as today. On occasions’ we even used rope with knots every 4-5 inches as a substitute for skins to create some drag on the snow.
Being quite curious of nature, I simply enjoy fondling with stuff to see if I can make some improvements for my use.
Purpose of project: Use Salomon STH 16 binding uphill and downhill.
How: Add TECH compability to existing STH 16 toe piece for use of Tech boot.
Descpription of procedure: On the toe piece wings I will drill a hole with aprox. 10mm diameter (it will be angeled to a 90 degre of the ski so it will be in line with the boots tech fitting. The toe wings are angled outwards ). Then insert a high grade steel cylinder with treads inside. Not sure yet how to fasten this insert. Then use a high grade steel bolt with aprox. 5mm diameter, treads, and rounded tip. This bolt will have wings so it would be easy to tighten and release. I believe I then would have a quite solid tech attachment device on the Salomon toe, with enough movement for the boot to move at least to a 90 degree angle forward, perhaps more.
STH heel piece: By simply pushing down the heel to locked position I have a lifter and base position for the boot. By adding some movable, tilting device I should be able to create another level of lift if needed. The majority of my skinning would be uphill, so I imagine the need for a fully flat walk position may not be needed. In the event it is needed, Salomons heel adjustment is so easy to operate, that I simply pull the heel fully back, and get the flat position. I haven’t given the skibreake much thought yet, so initially it is removed.
Since i would only depend on my tech system uphill i do not need all the strenghts and funtions of a regular Dynafit rig.
Main concern: Strength of wings on toe binding, being a joke on the forum J
Any comments, ideas, improvements etc are most welcome.