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Craig Dostie's "Tele Gear For Newbies" - October 2015

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Great current overview for the tele-curious, from an informed and experienced source:

 

http://www.earnyourturns.com/32757/tele-gear-for-newbies/#more-32757

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Great current overview for the tele-curious, from an informed and experienced source:

 

http://www.earnyourturns.com/32757/tele-gear-for-newbies/#more-32757


@Dostie  is a member here.  Its been a while since he's posted. 

Really knowledgeable guy!

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Thought I'd have some fun and tell it like it is without emphasizing the new gear. The new stuff is great, but if you're just learning, it can prevent understanding with depth and with keep knee tele turns, you need depth. wink.gif
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Thought I'd have some fun and tell it like it is without emphasizing the new gear. ...

 

And so you did. 

 

I think the only key point for noobs that you left out is that some tele bindings come in different sizes.  Since I bounce around between 26.5 / 27.0 boots and that often is the break point between large and small size bindings this created issues when I was first starting up.  If I had a clue, in hindsight I would've avoided Voile bindings and gone straight for a full-range binding like 7tm, or BD where the break point is much smaller.

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Thought I'd have some fun and tell it like it is without emphasizing the new gear. The new stuff is great, but if you're just learning, it can prevent understanding with depth and with keep knee tele turns, you need depth. wink.gif

Well...just so people know, you championed leather boots for years after plastic tele boots came in to dominate the sport. wink.gif

I'm of the "go straight to NTN" frame of mind. Save money and time by getting the stuff you'll eventually end up with right off the bat. And deep knee tele turns are overrated. <-I say that as an old knee-to-the-ski guy.
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Looks a bit retro grouchy to me a bit like saying alpine skiers should serve their time on early generation carvers before they get on a modern ski.

 

 I only dabble occasionally in Tele on a G3 Targa/ Garmot Synergy set up but friends who committed to NTN have shot past me in skills and subsequent time spent teleing. 

 

I broadly see the merits as being

 

75mm - Available cheap second hand - good for sampling

NTN - Everything else

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Have several friends who sold their NTN bindings to go back to 7mm, still loving my Hardwire setup.
Edited by teledance - 1/12/16 at 10:42am
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