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Lighten up a 50/50 inbound/touring setup

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

My wife currently uses Soul 7s, Atomic Trackers, Black Diamond Ascension skins, and alpine boots (no walk mode) for touring and inbounds powder days. Up to this point, touring has been day trips only (some shorter - 4 hours, some longer - 8 hours). She enjoys touring, but this is too heavy and inefficient of a setup for longer trips. We are spending a week at a backcountry lodge next season, and I want to make this enjoyable for her so she'll continue backcountry skiing with me.

 

I'm trying to figure out the best way to lighten this up for touring, without adding a new pair of skis to the quiver - she still wants to use them inbounds. What do you think about my plan below?

 

- Remount the Soul 7s with Cast SI&I plates to swap out Dynafit toe piece and alpine bindings

- Dynafit toe piece for the way up, and...

- Salmon STH12 for the way down

- Replace nylon Ascension skins with something that glides better

- Replace Alpine boots with boots that are tech and alpine compatible

post #2 of 13

I think I'd just go with an all new setup.

 

 

It never pays to skimp on the wife.

post #3 of 13

For my inbound/side country/touring sets, I've put together the following:

 

Fischer Ranger 98ti, Marker Kingpin, Dynafit Mercury boot (day to day).

Voile V8 skis, Plum Yak binding, Mecury boot (deep snow days).

 

I like both bindings better for lift-served than Dynafit; the Kingpins are really nice.

post #4 of 13

What Shredhead says for sure.

 

Do not go cast.  Even though I have not used them, I know they add a level of complexity that will not do your wife any good.

 

Since you are in Virginia probably best to go with one of the lighter frame bindings-I don't like these, but it will be simpler and familiar.  Get her a good pair of touring boots with toe and heel inserts for tech bindings for future proofing the boots.  Recycle the Soul 7 and skins with the new bindings and boots.

 

Where are you going?

post #5 of 13
New AT bpots and a tech binding. Done.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

New AT boots and a tech binding. Done.

 

Wot he said.  Light is right when touring.

post #7 of 13

Just not a fan of tech for a 50/50 binding.   Not a fan of frame bindings either.  I prefer separate systems for touring and lifts.  If you want one, I think the frame bindings are the way to go.  That way you do not replace your expensive tech binding prematurely from beating it up in the resorts.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

What Shredhead says for sure.

 

Do not go cast.  Even though I have not used them, I know they add a level of complexity that will not do your wife any good.

 

Since you are in Virginia probably best to go with one of the lighter frame bindings-I don't like these, but it will be simpler and familiar.  Get her a good pair of touring boots with toe and heel inserts for tech bindings for future proofing the boots.  Recycle the Soul 7 and skins with the new bindings and boots.

 

Where are you going?

 

Going to Sol Mountain Lodge in British Columbia in the middle of January. Very excited about this trip!

 

We plan to visit Jackson for a week, and a few long weekends elsewhere in the Rockies. Time is split between touring and lift-served on these trips.

 

Thanks for your input - looking more and more like adding a dedicated AT setup is the way to go, even if it means carrying an extra pair of skis every flight out of VA...

post #9 of 13

Have a great time.  A friend said last year, you remember all the runs you earned your turns for, but on a heli trip they all seem to blend together.

 

Another option is inserts.  Then mount and unmount bindings as needed.  http://www.bindingfreedom.com/

 

Definitely more techy than a binding installation so either you feel good about your skills or your shops skills if they do it (some do)

post #10 of 13

Advice (at least mine which I can speak) to is a funny thing.

 

With that time commitment it makes sense to get a tech setup.  Get good boots as everyone knows and the newer ones are worth the premium because they are lighter.   And light boots are number one in touring.

 

Ok so I am going to reverse course on my earlier advice and say go with tech bindings on her powder skis.  Find some good boots ideally at a local shop which has a few brands or buy from backcountry shell fit and carpet test.  Practice in and out of the tech bindings and packing pack at a local ski hill.  Check websites-most resorts have uphill policies.  Getting good with things before the trip will make things so much better.  

 

I just bought a one ski setup this Spring with an eye to trips similar to yours next year although much heavier on the touring part.  Dynafit Khion (replaced by Beast) Fritschi vipec black, Blizzard zero g 108, pomoca mixed skins

 

So have her do what I did and not what I say.  (The Soul 7's and skins should be good)

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I decided on a second pair of Souls with a tech setup yesterday. Leaving current setup as is for inbound use. That being said, know of anybody willing to part with a pair of Soul 7s? :)
post #12 of 13

Just gonna say a Praxis BC is gonna be a pound or maybe more  lighter than a Soul 7. And is fully downhill capable.  The usual coupons and 1st time customer code stuff gets the price mighty reasonable for such a light ski.

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New article on AT boots https://www.wildsnow.com

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