“How many people do you see skiing inbounds on AT boots?”
- Me! With extensive modifications, although my Garmont GSM are still not the equal of my Rossi race boots, they’ve been fine inbounds for everything from eastern hardpack and nastar courses, to the steeps of Kirkwood & Mammoth. The one improvement they still need is in the lateral rigidity of the upper cuff, which is the big difference I notice when I slip on the Rossis for serious race training & masters competitions.
“I stick with alpine boots and don't regret the compromise a bit on the uphill, because when I'm where I want to be there is NO compromise.”
- At the risk of making CS bashful, I think it’s helpful to know more about him: he is a mountain goat disguised as a human being. Walking across a nasty boulder field with high winds, I could barely keep up with him in my light, rubber-soled rockered boots, while he somehow went agilely hopping about in his Lange race boots. (If scree scrambling in alpine race boots was an Olympic competition, I think he’d be a gold medalist.) On the trips I’ve done w/ CS, had I used my race boots I would have been suffering mightily on the uphills and falling way behind, but on the downhills the added control would have been negligible. So consider whether you need the weight savings & agility for the up, or the added control for the down, and also consider what kind of tours you want to do. CS’s choice makes complete sense for him, and mine for me.
“Does mean if you use downhill boots that your limited to DIIs or freerides, does it not?”
- Yes, by process of elimination, the Fritschi is your only choice: Dynafit bindings obviously won’t work w/ downhill boots; Silvretta’s location of the lateral release function at the heel instead of the toe is sketchy enough to begin with, and combined w/ stiff & tall downhill boots you’re increasing your spiral probability even more.
“Do I have to trim”
“or can I leave a bit of excess”
- ...that would perform poorly, even dangerously on tricky traverses, plus get the glue all gunked up.
“as will most likely get something wider next year?”
- Yeah, I sympathize w/ this plight, and I’ve had the same problem going to slightly wider skis. However, if you’re also planning on going longer, then fortunately you can just keep more overlap than necessary at the tip, and then re-fold the skin to make it longer when/if you size up.