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So before any one gets upset I apologise for this thread.

Basically I am too time poor(ie lazy) to troll through hrs of forum talk.....

& I am sure the answers are out there. But if you could help with some advice.;......

 

So my questions are :

My local shop is offering Barons at a reasonable price.Sale is for this weekend only.

Should I buy them?

Or do I go Dynafits? & search em out

I want a stiff boot. Scarpa T1 race are my preference.

I dont jump off super huge, scary stuff but am looking for an all mtn setup.

 

I have skied on Tele bindings for the last 10 or so years, but after spending a month in Gulmarg this & last season I don't want to be on teles anymore for some obvious reasons

.Other terrain I ski is backcountry NZ, the occasional trip to Japan & teaching my kids to ski in the ultimate terrain of Perisher in Australia....

Never thought I would switch back but hey - life & techniques change;)

I will keep a tele set up for in bounds Aust.

 

So I obviously I need to buy new boots & bindings.

Pretty happy with my Armada twin tip rocker ski things though...

 

Whats your dream setup converting from Tele to AT????

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Originally Posted by Ben Stubenrauch View Post

So before any one gets upset I apologise for this thread.
Basically I am too time poor(ie lazy) to troll through hrs of forum talk.....
& I am sure the answers are out there. But if you could help with some advice.;......



Whats your dream setup converting from Tele to AT????

If they fit, Scarpa Mistraele (the white ones... RS? MS?), dynafit or plum bindings, and Kastle FX 94... Maybe the 104.

Not hard to imagine the switch. I'm imagining it myself.
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Originally Posted by Ben Stubenrauch View Post

Whats your dream setup converting from Tele to AT????

If you're going to concentrate on touring, go tech/Dyanfit bindings. If you're going to go mostly inbounds with some touring, the Barons wouldn't be a bad choice. Baron are heavy and don't tour anywhere as nice as tech bindings, but if you're going to spend a lot of time on hardpack and bumps they have better elasticity than tech bindings.

If they fit, the Maestrale RS is a light stiff boot, but it's like any ski boot - go see someone who knows the product well and get what fits. Scarpa, Dynafit, Tecnica, and others make stiff AT compatible boots.
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I love my Barons. They are great for inbounds riding and short trips the the BC...The Marker Tours could also be something to look in to if you want something that still is really sturdy but is slightly lighter and better at touring. 

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Another vote for Dynafit/tech...... you will end up there so dont waste money on frame bindings that you will despise and get rid of (own experience now on Dynafit after playing with Freeride + and Dukes over the past 6 years).

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Ben:

 

I have a heavy duty tele set up for strictly on-area skiing, a super light Dynafit AT setup for bc, and an alpine setup for daily on-area skiing that includes a heavy AT boot for unlocking on the occasional climbs and long traverses, so I utilize the full spectrum of available equipment.

 

For your situation I would suggest keeping your tele stuff, because otherwise sometimes you'll miss it. Your decision is really whether you are going to be using your AT stuff mostly on-area or in the backcountry.  All the top boot makers now have light stiff AT boots that work acceptably for on-area skiing, although a bit heavy for extended touring.  The decision is how you cut the weight vs performance line on boots.  The question on AT bindings is where are you going to be using them.  Dynafit bindings are great and can be used for some on-area skiing, but are really not what you want for extended area hard use.  IMO Baron's are a lame AT binding for real backcountry skiing.  Heavy and a pain to switch climbing modes.  They are a good area/sidecountry binding, but if you are serious about backcountry skiing go with Dynafits.  I believe the weight difference with Dynafits is over a pound on each foot, which adds up quickly on long climbs.   The problem is that unless you only ski powder at the areas the Dynafits will not last long for hard daily skiing.  MF

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