I need some help narrowing some things down in terms of technical stuff regarding all-mountain fats. Living in Wisconsin, Randonee style bindings, and larger/wider skis are virtually non-existent here, as well as anyone who can help explain things. I don't want anything to do with Telemark. I've looked at the different styles enough to know what I like. Is there a major difference between all terrain bindings and the new danafit pinned bindings? Or the "old style" Randonee bindings? I'll also need some help with narrowing things down so I can select a ski that will work best for me. And it's going to have to be something that
Understanding that what I'm looking for is a "daily driver" and I will be making compromises, I can give some basics.
I'm more into mountaineering than skiing, so think of me as a mountaineer that skis, rather than a skier that mountaineers.
These skis will be used on our groomed ant-hills here in the upper-Midwest (WI, MI, MN...) a majority of the time, but will be used heavily out west in CO and on the Cascade Volcanoes when I go. The snow-pack that I'm typically on out there (on the CVs) is hard to slush typical May/June conditions. Almost no powder, or deep powder. CO might be a tad different due to it's more inviting proximity.
I can't give any specific figures, but I'd say it'd be a 75% use here in terms of days in use. Will a wide ski have vastly different handling characteristics than a first-gen parabolic carver? The side cuts on my skis are not very deep....
(Found this fantastic thread too! http://www.epicski.com/t/111286/do-all-mountain-skis-require-compromise)
From what I've gathered, something between 85mm and 100mm wide at the narrowest point is what I should be looking at, but I don't know much of anything with regard to all the proprietary technologies and jargon that manufacturers will throw at you in addition to other technical tidbits. Or proper length, or rocker, rise, or any of the other stuff that goes into making an educated purchase.
I'm a fairly big guy, about 205 lbs, 5'-11" so with that in mind, after reading an article on here about mid-fat reviews, weight comes into play as much as height? Are there some magical mathematical equations to help figure this stuff out? A couple people I go with (mountaineering and skiing) are interested in making the same upgrade.
My current skis (and first/only pair) are first gen parabolic ex-rentals from a California resort. It was an easy purchase, didn't really spend any time getting into the technical aspects of all that stuff, just walked in and got them. K2 Fours. They are getting pretty beat up (but still functional) and I'd like to push my game up a notch as well as expand what I can ski. I spent a bit more time with the boots. The skis have serviced me very well for what they are.
SO!... If anyone here is willing to give me a hand in sorting out some of the technical stuff and clear up the disjointed and jumble of information I have currently, and give me an idea of what I should be looking for, then thanks. I'm not looking for someone to tell me "look at ski X, Y, and Z", I'm asking for help so I can make an educated decision as to what would work best for me. I can probably find the ski on my own from there.