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CAST Binding - a better answer then Duke and Guardian type bindings?

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Looks like a couple of Green Mountain boys have a unique answer to the desire to ski on alpine style bindings but still have an efficient touring system.  These guys have started up, or at least, are trying to start up, their CAST Binding System.

 

Basically, it consists of two light weight plates, upon which you mount your alpine binding to.  So when you are skiing, you simply step into your alpine bindings and ski away.  To tour, you replace the alpine toe piece with a dynafit toepiece (it does require a boot modification), and tour the same way anyone with a tech set up would.

 

Whether you agree with the concept or not, I have to admit they are at least showing some intuition that may not be possible with binding manufacturers.

 

From what I can see, and I am not an expert on these, just looking at their website:

 

Cons: expensive

          requires boot modification (CAST will do this for you though)

          you have to carry the tech toepiece in your pack when you ski

          you have to carry your alpine toepiece in your pack when you tour

          you have to step out of the binding to change between skiiing and touring modes

          you tour in alpine boots which for some may not be that comfortable

          it adds 7 mm to your binding stack height

 

Pros: you get to ski in your alpine bindings

         you get to ski in your alpine boots (especially great for those who don't like the 

               fit of an AT boot)

         when touring, you aren't lifting the whole binding up like you do with a Duke

         if you're skiing and aren't going to tour, then you don't have to carry the tech 

              toepiece

         it adds 7 mm to your binding stack height (which with a binding like the Head

               Mojo, is still lower then a Duke or similar binding)

 

Here's their websites.  Would be interested in what others think.

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/299047004/siandi-alpine-ski-touring-system?ref=home_location

 

http://casttouring.com/

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There is already multiple threads on this topic 

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Thread Starter 

Thanks.  Did an initial search before posting and didin't see anything.  Just did a more advanced and found the post "A New Breakthrough in A/T Technology?". Well, after reading the responses I guess most on this site aren't interested.  That's ok...

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I like the idea but I feel its a little redundant. There are already systems out on the market that are similar. Plus the idea of going to a Tech Fit system is to save weight, then why do I still have to carry the weight of the other binding in my pack. That being said, I love the innovation.   

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