|Originally posted by Carruthers:
I've been skiing the 9.22's with Diamir bindings for a number of years now (the original black model, then the yellow replacement). This year, however, I bought the R:Ex with Fritschi Freerides, and frankly I would no longer even consider the 9.22 as being the best ski for A/T use. The R:Ex is a much more versatile ski, particularly in difficult conditions (crust, crud, etc). The narrow waist of the 9.22 makes it fun to ski on when the conditions are good, but when the snow is great, you can ski on anything! The only real advantage of the 9.22 is light weight, but you'll probably find that you want to ski it in a longer length than a fatter ski, and that takes away a lot of its advantage in that regard. Unless you're planning to do a LOT of long tours, the weight of your setup isn't an important consideration.
I already own EX, and just bought AT boots and bindings. Now two options for me to:
1. Buy another pair of skis for AT. I do not want to spend too much buying the performance skis, plus it will be heavier and I am not fit enough to disregard the weight factor. THis is why 9.22 came into the picture.
2. Save $$ and put AT bindings on EX. THis will force me to use this setup at resorts. I already posted this question and received a lot of replies that it would probably be safe to ski at resorts (I am relatively light weight at 123), but something's holding me back here: i.e. I will never be 100% sure that it will release and therefore will ski less aggressively and will always be worried.
What would be the suggestions? Now this is probably more relevant for Backcountry forum discussion...