New to epic and forums, so sorry if this has been covered. Any redirections appreciated.
I am a 40 yr old Australian resident with kids and a mrs that does not ski.
Current set up for japan is Rossi S7 with marker griffin demo bindings and alpine boots. I do like this set up a lot and do not really want to sink too much money into it.
My dilemma is I want to start a bit of slack country touring for my 2015 trip to
Hokkaido. Some will be guided and some with my travel buddies.
I've looked into an AT setup and basically a locally sourced set of marker barons ( mounted) will set me back $450aus + skins (ouch) I can maybe shave off $100aus if I source O/S but mounting will be on me ( I have never mounted bindings before)
I have looked into alpine trekkers (with mixed reviews) and even liked the reviews I read on MFD alltime plates ( until I found out they have gone out of business)
My question is; which AT setup to get????
Touring binding is great but costly ( $450aus )
Alpine trekker ( mixed review as far as reliability but a fair option $150-$200aus)
MFD alltime ( mixed review, manufacturer out of business but some cheap ones available still with no warranty $150aus. Not a bad option considering I have a demo binding and can still play with binding position eg 0 or -2cm etc same for trekkers)
Snow shoeing???( not much good to hear about this)
Rent a dedicated touring set up for the days I want to tour ( cost ?? Potential PITA as far as availability goes)
I understand I need skins for any sort of AT setup. I am looking at climbing skins direct so any input here would be greatly appreciated.
I live in Australia and get a 2 week trip every second year.( I know live is tough)
Travelling with 2 snow boarders that will probably be snow shoeing.
I will primarily be resort skiing with some slack country touring, some guided and some not guided short tours. Hokkaido japan booked for 2015.
Fitness is not too bad for a 40 yr old want to be.
I am after up to date relevant info based on personal experience. I am at a real loss as to which way to go as I can see pros and cons for all set ups. I am probably leaning towards a set of alpine trekkers as they can be picked up cheap second hand and it does not change my alpine setup. I also have read a few reviews of success stories with these with some minor mods. Alltimes are also intriguing but no manufacturer support is potentially a problem.
All posts greatly appreciated.