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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So, dabbling in BC and looking for an all around mountain and BC setup. Looking at Rossignol S3 178, Salomon Guardian 16 bindings with Dalbello Sherpa2/8 boots.  I'm 6'0" 180 lbs.  I'm thinking it's a fairly good at all conditions, but not too tailored in any specific area.  Not a speed demon, like technical skiing off piste and haven't had too much super deep powder experience. Any comments or advice and questions? Thanks Fellas! (and gals)

post #2 of 12

The S3 is a very versatile ski, that is fun in a variety of conditins.

At your size, you might consider the 186.  It is very easy to turn.

If, your main priority is maneuverability in tight trees, the 177 might be a good choice.

I really like my S3s, and they would be my first choice as a quiver of one, if I didn;t have a bunch of skis.

post #3 of 12
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Thanks for your input! Still looking for more advice.  I normally am mondo 30-30.5 and I see the dalbello 2/8 goes up to 29.5.....hmmmm.  Maybe a fitter can shed some input. 

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Originally Posted by lemonjello View Post

Thanks for your input! Still looking for more advice.  I normally am mondo 30-30.5 and I see the dalbello 2/8 goes up to 29.5.....hmmmm.  Maybe a fitter can shed some input. 


Not many of them peek in this particular corner of the forums - may want to pop up to Ask the Boot Guys

post #5 of 12
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Thanks! Will do.

post #6 of 12

Why that set of bindings?

post #7 of 12
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Demoed them, they feel solid and simple with not a bunch of gadgetry involved. A little heavy admitted but didn't really feel much difference in snow.

I believe the Atomics are basically the same rebranded though I've not seen them to compare.  Do you have other recommendations?


I have looked at the dynafit and would be super for an all BC touring setup, but looking for an all around one ski/boot/binding solution.

I like the simplicity and familiar "step in" style. 

post #8 of 12

Are you looking for a binding that will work with regular alpine boots, or are you going to get an AT boot?

post #9 of 12
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AT boot. Haven't quite got that dialed yet as to model. I've got to fit a few and see what works for me.  So far looking at Dalbello 2/8 and 5/5 and Scarpa Maestralle or similar. Seem to be in the ballpark of what I'm looking for.

post #10 of 12

Well, I am not familiar with the Solomon bindings, so take it for what it's worth.


When I'm looking for about ANYTHING having to do with my backcountry setup, I pay a lot of attention to weight.  I'm old and the more it weighs the slower and more miserable I get.  That's why my backcountry quiver all has Dynafits - they're light, they have DIN settings, and they allow me to have a quieter and more natural stride when I climb.  I like my knees, and I want my skis to release when they need to.


For step-in bindings I've used the Fritchi Freerides.  The advantage to them over the Dynafits is that they're easier to get into, esp. when the bindings get full of snow or otherwise ice up.  The disadvantages are a less natural stride (which counts on long days), weight and the annoying clacking noise they make.  And, yes, you're going to have those disadvantages and advantages with any step-in vs. tech binding.


In any event, get a binding that doesn't require that you take the ski off to transition.  It's easy enough to learn how to rip your skins with the skis still on your feet, and you'll appreciate the transition ease and speed when you're traveling with faster folks or you're standing on a ridgeline in the wind.  

post #11 of 12

If your young and fit, any BC rig will do with step in bindings being easier to learn how to use. My son has Pontoons with Markers for one of his set ups. I'm a Dynafit/Manaslu/One man myself. 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you mountaingirl for your sage advice! I've had several years humping an 80lb ruck through mountains in far off lands, so not too afraid of maybe a little weight. All those years have given me an appreciation for simple and reliable equipment sometimes sacrificing by a bit of extra weight in the exchange. Don't get me wrong, I totally get the smooth, lightweight full strides! Looking for a happy medium I guess. It's too bad there is not a easier way to get a side by side comparison of equipment. Seems as though proprietary and marketing issues kinda muddy the waters in that regard.
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