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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

So when I move out west I think I'm going to buy a pair of nice fat skis for those deep days and am interested in trying out alpine touring bindings. I am interested in the Dukes and Guadians, however, I am a super light skier (135-140 lbs) so I don't see a need for 16 din binding. Any suggestions into getting into alpine touring? Thanks, complete newbie with that sort of style. 

post #2 of 9

Berlin, at your weight, a 100-ish ski will give you a bunch of float. And most real touring is done on skis between 88 and 98 mm anyway. So you might find that you don't need or want a really fat ski. Which is a PITA anyway because of all the snow you get to carry with it. Or if you're thinking of AT, perhaps you mean to concentrate on sidecountry. Which could reward a slightly wider ski, but still think something in the 100-105 range would be optimal. As far as bindings, all of the current AT's would do the job, personally I like what I hear about the new Adrenaline. But haven't skied it. Suggest a course in backcountry safety, avalanche awareness etc. before you go off. 

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Suggest a course in backcountry safety, avalanche awareness etc. before you go off. 

Great way to meet BC partners at your same level too.
post #4 of 9

For the big snow days 100 to 115 under foot is pleanty.  But I would really rethink the binding thing and look at Dynafit.  Even if it requires neew boots.  Think LIGHT ;)

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yes, I'm talking about backcountry touring. I've looked at dynafit. Intrigued by that release system they have with the two prongs going into their boots. Love that they are super light even when compared to normal bindings while having the din to huck. The Adrenalines look really solid and big plus for the Tyrolia name. Thank god I have time to test and decide.

 

beyond, I plan on volunteering with a search and rescue service so hopefully I'll be certified in avalanche I (at the minimum) so I'll be patrolling and all that fun stuff. I skied on the Sally rocker 2 115 at big sky 3 weeks ago and just blew through everything so unless I'm at Mt. Baker I agree with that being plenty of width. Right now I ski on the rossi s86 which are great for just a little cover but anything more they are a struggle to push through. When I move I'll prob pick up a ~98-105 as a good everyday choice. 

post #6 of 9

Friends and I use to patrol and teach.  Now we are all on 100/105 as every day skis although we also go up to 138s in big blows and down to 80 or so in the spring.

 

If you are thinking BC...you really do yourself a disservice not going to a Dynafit style tech binding.  You will eventually anyway.

 

Read and demo...and good luck!

post #7 of 9

I'd suggest Barons or Marker F10/F12 to start so you dno't have to drop the coin on new boots/bindings/skis at once (before you even know if you like touring). Barons are fine for someone your size, and you don't compromise the resort experience.

post #8 of 9

I just put some Marker F12's on  a pair of Rossi S86 for my BC setup. They work fine and have the advantage of being lighter than the Barons or Dukes. I'm 5'11" and 185 lbs. and that binding works fine for my purposes. We did 3 laps on Saturday and 2 on Sunday at about 1,000' of vert each day, after skiing inbounds in the mornings, and I haven't had any trouble at all with the system. I've only gone out on them three weekends but so far, so good.  By the way, the S86 is generally fine for skiing powder up to about 14-16". Anything more than that and I would go fatter but it's rare we get it deeper than that, anyway around where I ski (Schweitzer).

post #9 of 9
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The Barons/Marker F12 look burly as well (especially when changing to touring mode with the lock under the boot). 

 

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the S86 is generally fine for skiing powder up to about 14-16"

 

Really? I was having trouble turning in the steep stuff, especially pow bumps. Oh well, it was my first time on them so I guess I'll just have to ski on them more smile.gif.

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