I seem to recall that they were around in the late 70's early 80's - and here in the UK there was quite a lot of hype over them when launched, but want to know what they were primarily designed for?
Reason is that I have picked a pair up via Ebay which I intend to use as short approach skis for snowboard touring as they are quite a bit wider (90mm) and longer than my normal approach skis (108cm) so should be a little better for climbing in deep powder.
I'll fit my Dynafit bindings to them - point is that for normal use the binding was towards the back - and I intend to move them more to the middle in order to faciltate better climbing, as climbing is more important than the sking aspect of them, but will this have an adverse effect on them being used as a ski if needs must, I can only move the bindings about 10 - 15 cm forward as I need 9cm width for fitting my ski crampons.
Any advice / help appreciated.
This site makes for some interesting reading - traversing the European Alps, I was fortunate to do one stage this year and next year we will be traversing from Courmayeur (Italy) over to Val D'Isere (France) - prior to that have a couple of trips based in La Grave http://www.alptraverse.com/proj2006/