I have an unending appetite for the steep, tight trees of VT. Unfortunately I live in NJ so my days in the trees are limited by distance. On the east coast I rarely ski south of Stowe, preferring to go there, Jay or similar northern resorts. I probably get about 10 days a year up there with two or three additional days in NJ/Southern NY/PA. I also try to get out west once or twice a year for 2-3 ski days at a time, I most often end up in the SLC area because it's conducive to quick trips. In VT or out west I enjoy slackcountry and short hikes. (hellbrook, hourglass as Stowe examples)
When skiing with others who don't like the woods as much as I do, I like to mess around on natural trailside features, ride switch, run moguls, and will pop through the park any chance I get. This is much more likely in Jersey.
I have never done any touring, all my hikes have been bootpack, but I have a delusion that one day I might - or would at least like the option.
So I found a screaming deal on '12 Volkl Bridges and need to pick a new binding to go with them. Realistically, I will probably have less than one chance a year do even a short tour, but I have dreaming about having Barons even since I found out that there is a binding that will do what they do. I know this is a borderline poser move, I don't care. I do care about actually liking the bindings.
I have been skiing on a pair of K2 Silencers with regular Griffons for the past few years.
Are there any uses for a/t bindings other than skinning up a hill? Will they make flat traverses more tolerable? When I end up on the Stowe xc trails, will I be able to freeheel out of there instead of skating? Will others be jealous that I can magically traverse flat runouts after switching over to touring mode?
Or would I be better off with griffons/jesters, being lower to the ski and having a lighter weight setup with fewer moving parts to destruct?
I have also been thinking about Schizos since when I am in Jersey I am much more park oriented. They seem to be the same (or more) weight than barons though and I am not sure how often I would actually take the time to adjust my stance. Was anyone on the fence about schizos who came to really like them?
I am not married to marker - I just have been comfortable with their bindings for awhile and would like to stick with a company I know.