I'm looking at picking up a side-country set-up this year for shorter BC trips that would also work on the hill. I will probably go with a ski something like DPS 99 Pure, a K2 Coomback, a K2 SideSeth or possibly a Hoji. Lots of choice on skis, I know the how the trade-offs work for ski choice, and I'll choose a ski for this set-up that compliments my current quiver. My current resort skis include JJs, Bones, and now MX88s - really happy with these skis. My current BC ski is the Dynafit Manaslu with Dynafit bindings, which I'll continue to use on longer outings.
My question is more related to bindings - my wish is to have a binding that would work for with either my usual ski boots (Solomon XC130) and BC boots (Scarpa Maestrale). As far as I can tell, one binding that would work dual duty is the Diamir Freeride Pro. I believe that the Marker Duke and F12 would also accept either boot sole, but I've used the Marker BC system before and really disliked the ski-to-travel change-over mechanism. I don't believe that the new crop of side-country oriented bindings from Solomon or others accept BC boots with a lug sole, but I'm not sure about this.
Are there any other choices? Should I reconsider Marker? Any downside of the FR Pro?
Thanks for the feedback.
Edited by canadianskier - 9/6/12 at 1:10pm