I was wondering how many of you have trouble skiing light(ish)-weight touring setups on hardpack. For reference, I'm skiing Voile Vectors, Dynafit Radical ST 2.0, and Dynafit TLT6 and this is my first season doing a lot of skiing. I have a lot of trouble skiing resort hardpack, which I'm trying to get better at so when Spring rolls around. Does anyone else have this problem? Do I just suck? Is it my technique?
Skiing Lightweight Setups on Hardpack
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I have Voile Vector BCs with Speed Radicals and TLT6 Mountain with yellow tongue. Took them on ski patrol the other day on reasonably steep couple of days old groomed, well packed with melt-freeze ice layer on top. No problems. Three suggestions: Tune you skis, including the edges; look into B&D toe shims to reduce ramp angle, and/or change the boot lean angle by reversing the alumin stopper inside the back cuff and see what you like. You might check the binding mount position--a 2 cm change can make a big difference; I mounted a lot of my AT skis with tele bindings and mounted them 2 cm forward. Also explore how you weight the skis: shovel, neutral, tail (slight weight variations) and see what works for you (may indicate a benefit to binding position adjustment). I have skied lots of light weight touring skis on groomed, spring corn, and ice without a problem: Tua Tele Sauvage, Excalibur, Excalibur Plus, and Excalibur Mitos and Volkl Snowwolfs with 3-pins and Snowwolfs, Volkl Nanuqs, and Dynafit 7 Summits, Cho Oyus, Manaslus, and Stokes with Dynafit bindings and TLT5, TLT6, and Mercury on groomed, spring corn, and ice without a problem BUT not as fast as I skied my Volkl Mantras and Kastle LX92s.