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I was thinking about doing some backcountry skiing next season and was looking at the suface walk or live free skis also the k2 backdrop.  Anyone have any thoughts on these skis or something better? Also, are there any comments about dynafit vs. other bindings like the marker dukes?  I'm just getting into this and am 5' 11" 185 lbs.  My boots are lange rx 130's so I would have to get some new boots if I went with dynafits.

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2 ideas:

 

1. earn your stripes. go with a duke and use your current boot, you can walk up hill with any ski, so pick what ever suits your preference. Do this for a season, before upgrading to option 2.

 

2. Skip the pain. Get good touring boots and tech bindings. Mount these on a slightly smaller, slightly more all mountain version of the ski chosen in option 1. or reuse the ski from option 1. 

post #3 of 7

Save yourself a waste of time, money and effort.

 

Get dynafit bindings and decent boots, Scarpa Mistrale series or Dynafit's newest  boots and what ever ski you want.  Bindings and boots (the good ones anyway) still not a lot of options  but skis are pretty wide open. Check out Wild Snow and Cold Thistle blogs for more details.

post #4 of 7
Wat Dane sed.
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Forgot Brian's blog and a couple others.  A few of the most active guys in the US.  To see what is possible look there.  I've learned a lot from all of them.   Might be a little too deep  for some but a good look at the state of the art  gear being used for some amazing skiing.  For myself I've found two distinct arenas and gear selelections.  "Lift served" which is back country I start out from on a lift and use slightly heavier gear as it is  "ski intensive".   Same gear I might well lift ski on now (and do).  True back country I generally go really light on gear to enhance the UP and the skiing enjoyment will generally suffer because of it.  But the option to have both a really lwt set up and a worthy ski set up are a lot closer now than they have ever been previously.

 

http://www.getstrongergolonger.com/

 

http://slc-samurai.blogspot.com/

 

http://jasondorais.blogspot.com/

 

http://slcsherpa.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.wildsnow.com/

 

Here is a review on your ski suggestion if you haven't seen it.

 

http://thedeal.cleansnipe.com/gear-review-surface-live-free-191-skis/

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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone. A lot of good info. I'll look into it all.

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Originally Posted by Husker35 View Post

I was thinking about doing some backcountry skiing next season and was looking at the suface walk or live free skis also the k2 backdrop.  Anyone have any thoughts on these skis or something better?

 

After skiing both of these skis this past season, I can say that the Walk Free and Live Free are completely different skis.  The Walk Free is refreshingly stiff, actually stiffer than any other ski in my quiver.  A bit of tip rocker and ever so slight early rise in the tail, the Walk Free could also be a formidable all-mountain ski.  Plus, it's super light for touring.  The Live Free is a touch softer underfoot, with a noticeably softer tail, and so less responsive on harder snow.  However, this ski is pretty good in crud and fresh snow, and with a much shorter running length relative to the Walk Free, excels in the trees and is more geared towards deeper snow conditions. 

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