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Looking for good alpine sole AT bindings

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I'm getting rid of my MFD plates/FKS in favor of a single part binding. Both for weight and (primarily) flex issues. I've skinned on them a bit and they were fine, but my previous experience is less than the one hike I tried so far on the MFD.

 

I'm currently pretty well sold on the Salomon/Atomic offering. Not interested in Marker - I already know the performance is about the same and the Marker is taller. Not interested in dedicated AT gear compromises (specialized boots, fewer release characteristics, assuming that's accurate). Anything else I should consider? I love the look, color, and especially function of the FKS, but the MFD has got to go. 

 

These are for occasional hikes behind the cabin (which is conveniently in Alpine Meadows), stash hunting and side country stuff inbounds, and otherwise lots of time inbounds with the heel locked, probably 90% of the time.

 

Skis DPS W112 hybrid 178, boots Full Tilt 8.5 US.

 

Male, 5'8", 150 pounds. More a cruiser than a bumper.

 

TIA!

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Have you thought about using CAST?

 

http://casttouring.com/

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Have you thought about using CAST?

 

http://casttouring.com/


Pretty interesting! I like being able to pop the heel without stepping out of the binding - let alone without finicky gear manipulations and carrying the right bits in my pack. However, I've found that skinless free heeling isn't all that useful or quick. if anything, on a long schlepp, it's more of a break from the same repetitive motion than anything. 

 

The real question though, is how the swapped-in AT toe piece would work, if at all, with my Full Tilt boots. Are there professional modifications available to effect this compatibility? 

 

Thanks for the pointer to these! Nice to see they aren't a first-year technology, heh. 

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Tyrolia AAAmbition 12 Carbon if you can wait for end of season deals -

 

 http://www.backcountry.com/tyrolia-aaambition-12-carbon-touring-binding?skid=HEA001I-ONECOL-S95MM&ti=UExQIENhdDpBbHBpbmUgVG91cmluZyBCaW5kaW5nczoxOjI6YmNzQ2F0NTExMDAwNDA=


I love them, but spendy and I don't want to wait. They're definitely light, though. 

 

I'm kind of leaning toward Tyrolia Ambition 12, so far. Lighter than the Solomon, same stack height. I guess there's more plastic in the mix though, so hmmm. They claim to have some help with allowing for more natural ski flex, but I don't know how well that would really work. 

 

Keep 'em coming, folks. Thanks!

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Pretty interesting! I like being able to pop the heel without stepping out of the binding - let alone without finicky gear manipulations and carrying the right bits in my pack. However, I've found that skinless free heeling isn't all that useful or quick. if anything, on a long schlepp, it's more of a break from the same repetitive motion than anything. 

 

The real question though, is how the swapped-in AT toe piece would work, if at all, with my Full Tilt boots. Are there professional modifications available to effect this compatibility? 

 

Thanks for the pointer to these! Nice to see they aren't a first-year technology, heh. 

most people I've seen using use alpine boots with tech inserts from the factory. But they will add the tech inserts to your boot if you send it to them. I've no idea about the quality of the inserts they put on regular alpine boots.

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Have you thought about using CAST?

 

http://casttouring.com/


after tons of pondering and evaluation, i'm going to order these up, and get my full tilts set up for tech bindings for the swap out. thanks for the pointer!!

 

i also may have the conversion done with quiver killers, including filling in the old MFD holes with them. sort of a "why the hell not?" proposition. change my mind.

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