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AT boot required?

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I posted another thread regarding what bindings to put on my Gotamas and came to the conclusion that either the Duke or the Baron were the way to go. Through reading I have found that there are boots special to AT. Do AT bindings require that the corresponding boot also be AT? Or can I use my alpine boots until next season when I will be able to get AT boots?

Also, what exactly are skins? What do they do?
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Originally Posted by shafty85 View Post
I posted another thread regarding what bindings to put on my Gotamas and came to the conclusion that either the Duke or the Baron were the way to go. Through reading I have found that there are boots special to AT. Do AT bindings require that the corresponding boot also be AT? Or can I use my alpine boots until next season when I will be able to get AT boots?
There are boots that are special to AT, but not all AT bindings require AT boots. As a matter of fact, the only AT bindings that require a specific AT boot are the Dynafit family of bindings. If you buy a Duke or Baron (or a Fritsche or Naxo or Silvretta) AT binding, you can use your alpine boots if you choose to.

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Also, what exactly are skins? What do they do?
Skins are strips of material that are fixed to the bottoms of your skis and allow you to walk uphill by "gripping" the snow to keep you from sliding backward (downhill) as you climb the hill. When you arrive at the top of the hill, you remove the skins and ski downhill on the regular base of the skis.

The original skins, years ago, were actually made from the skins (or fur) of certain animals - seals were the most common(I think?). The hairs of the skin would slide as the ski moved forward but catch the snow and grip as the skis started to move backward. The name "skins" has stuck even though all skins are made of synthetic material now.
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There are boots that are special to AT, but not all AT bindings require AT boots. As a matter of fact, the only AT bindings that require a specific AT boot are the Dynafit family of bindings. If you buy a Duke or Baron (or a Fritsche or Naxo or Silvretta) AT binding, you can use your alpine boots if you choose to.



Skins are strips of material that are fixed to the bottoms of your skis and allow you to walk uphill by "gripping" the snow to keep you from sliding backward (downhill) as you climb the hill. When you arrive at the top of the hill, you remove the skins and ski downhill on the regular base of the skis.

The original skins, years ago, were actually made from the skins (or fur) of certain animals - seals were the most common(I think?). The hairs of the skin would slide as the ski moved forward but catch the snow and grip as the skis started to move backward. The name "skins" has stuck even though all skins are made of synthetic material now.
Sweet info. Thanks! If I setup my bindings (assumed to be Baron's) for my alpine boots, and then if my AT boots do not fit exactly the same, am I able to adjust the binding after install? I am under the impression that I can as it is on a slide, but I am not sure.
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Do AT bindings require that the corresponding boot also be AT? Or can I use my alpine boots until next season when I will be able to get AT boots?

Also, what exactly are skins? What do they do?
Let me get this straight... you know that you want to get AT boots and bindings but aren't sure what skins are for?! You do know that AT bindings have free-heel functions right?
Please stop trolling. Even if the folks on this forum are abnormally polite.
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I enjoy trolling, so why would I stop? Fishing is actually one of my favorite past-times.
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Always make sure to carry a studfinder when touring!

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Given the reply's and commentary to your original question I'm not sure if anything will help you too much... ski and enjoy.
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Let me get this straight... you know that you want to get AT boots and bindings but aren't sure what skins are for?! You do know that AT bindings have free-heel functions right?
Please stop trolling. Even if the folks on this forum are abnormally polite.
srsly? the dude is tryin to learn how to tour. give him a break.
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srsly? the dude is tryin to learn how to tour. give him a break.
If it's actually legit and not a troll (which I really doubt), posting on Epic is the exact wrong way to "learn how to tour".
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