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post #1 of 5
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I'm going to buy AT Set-up and would like some feedback or suggestions for equipment and sizes.

First, I'm and expert downhiller 185 lbs, 5' 11" using 191 cm Fischer Montain x skis. I live in PNW and ski all over the mountain.

I'm thinking of buying

Atomic 9.22 hc in 180cm or 190? Not sure what size is best?

Scarpa Lasers or Denali's?

Damair II bindings

I plan to use this set up in areas at times but mainly in the Backcountry climbing and decents.

Also, I have a pair of Salomon Evolution 9X boots that have a walk feature - would these be ok to use? Can I adjust the bindings later when I change boots or would I have to re mount them?

post #2 of 5
Your Salomon boots will work ok, but suck for walking on rocks, a rockered vibram sole is way nice. If you get the correct size Fritschi, it should have no problem adjusting to different boots, they have quite a bit of range. Either Scarpa works well, but I would probably go Lazer, as it tours a bit better, but still skis very well. I personally would go for a wider ski, especially considering where you live. The 10EX would be awsome. I use a 165 K2 AK Launcher myself, and am 5'6", 170 lbs.
post #3 of 5
Good advice from Spineheli.

I strongly recommend the Lazer over the Denali -- it tours a ton better and skis very similarly.

I prefer going with a shorter ski in the backcountry because:

(1) It is less weight top carry up, easier to do kick turns, and generally less trouble climbing with.

(2) You don't generally ski as fast and aggressively in the bc as the resort with all the ski patrols and easy access to medical/gear-failure help.

(3) In heavy crud and breakable snow when you are hopping your way through it you'll be glad to have a shorter ski -- and these conditions are far more common in the bc.

The 9.22 is an awesome bc ski (light and tracks well through curd), but I also prefer a fatter ski.

You'll most likely be able to adjust the bindings for both boots, but check with the shop (they come in 2 or 3 lengths, the longer one will work for both but you don't want it any longer than necessary because it places more stress on the bar that connects the heel tot he toe).
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the responses.
Now I'm considering this set-up:

Fischer 84 Big Stix (181 cm) Anyone know the weight????

Dynafit Tri Step or Daimir II???

Scarpa Lasers

I think this ski size should be fun at resorts? What about the stability and releasability of Tri Step? As good as Daimir?

If I did buy the Tri step do you think I would ever reget the fact I could have my alpine boots in some Daimir's on resort days or should the Lasers perform comparably?

The weight difference between Daimir and Ti step be a hudge difference while climbing?

Thank you very much for helpful advice as I am not in an area to discuss this tyoe of info with experienced AT skiers.
post #5 of 5
I’m using the lasers, tristeps and 10ex’s. There have been some problems with the tristeps
-not being able to lock the binding for hiking
-releasing from the binding in hiking mode if your foot slips way behind you. (For example, on my tristeps if I kneel down in hiking mode the binding will release)
-compatability of the tristep brake and the laser boots lug pattern (the brake can wedge into the lugs and may hinder releasing.)

The problems have been fixed – I got a new toe piece that would lock out for hiking – they still release if your foot is way behind you but that isn’t always a bad thing - I took the brakes off and use safety straps.

If you get tristeps have the shop mount the toe piece on a piece of wood and make sure the lockout works before you mount them. The tourlites don’t have the above problems (as far as I know) except they will also release if you foot slips way behind you but not as easily as the tristeps.

The dynafit bindings also release easily in bumps if you slam the ski sideways into the bump and overall the heel release system is probably not as safe as the toe release systems. I’ve skied them hard and only prereleased in the bumps. I hit a buried stump once head on. It seemed like the release was a little slow and I did a little damage to my MCL. It’s tough to say if any other binding would have been better though.

I like my setup but think that for what I do (more resort skiing and mostly short day hikes) and what I wanted (a single setup for inbounds/out of bounds) the fritchi would have been a better choice. The additional wght is the trade off for convienience.

Some people also think the dynafit bindings are more durable.

As far as the boots – I have to pay more attention to balance. The main time I notice the softness is when I hit something that slows me down unexpectedly – I really get pitched forward because the boot is so soft. It’s really only a problem when I’m not paying attention or am tired.
www.couloirmag.com has a discussion page with lots of good info on AT gear, and Lou Dawsons www.wildsnow.com also has good info.
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