New to the forum. I'm looking to pick up a dedicated alpine touring setup using my existing boots: Salomon Quest 130s.
I'm not looking to get into a super duper setup using Dynafit bindings and AT-specific boots mainly due to the additional cost of having to buy new boots plus this will be my first AT setup so I want to make sure I like it first.
With that said, here is what I'm thinking in terms of setup:
2014 Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97 in 184cm
2014 Marker Duke bindings (110mm brakes) - I was originally looking at the Salomon Guardians but I thought the Dukes felt better built and are even a bit lighter.
G3 Alpinist Skins (130mm Long) - was looking also at BD Ascensions. Any difference?
Other info that may be useful:
Body: 6'1" 190 pounds
Ski location: Mont Sutton (Quebec) but will probably head down to Vermont if there are some good touring spots there and I would bring these on my annual trip out to Alta and Snowbird in Utah.
1. Do you think this is a good setup to start out with?
2. From what I've read, I could use these bindings everyday without any issues. I would use this setup when going out west as well as any major powder days we get here in Quebec. Could I do all of that with this setup?
At this point, the only thing that I'm really hung up on is the skis.
2014 Dynastar Cham 97: will the increased weight compared to the High Mountain play a major factor?
2014 Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97: more expensive than the Cham 97s but is it worth the weight reduction? How is the stability coming down?
2015 Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97: how different are these compared to the 2014 High Mountains? They're about $100 more than the 2014s.
2014 Dynastar Cham 107: I demo'd the 107s (non-high mountain) last year but the 107 is probably a bit overkill for the snowfall we get in Eastern Canada. I understand the wider the ski, the more resistance you'll get while going up.
I don't really remember how I really felt about them but I think I found the 107s to be a bit wide...For reference, I also tried the Rossignol Soul 7s in 188cm and didn't enjoy them. I thought they looked cool and that was about it.
Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.