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One Boot Quiver?

post #1 of 6
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 I might be dreaming, but I am looking for one boot this season that I will ski in every day. In bounds, slackcountry & backcountry tours. I ski in the Whistler & tour in & around the area. I have been skiing a Head S10 & a Garmont Adrenaline over the last 2 years & hate going back & forth. I struggle to ski at the same level or confidence in the Adrenalines, and dont mind the added weight for the uphill. I have done smaller days in the S10's, and love the pay off for the skiing, but they obviously they don't walk as well. My thoughts were for this season is to get into one boots, a step up from the Adrenaline & either go with the Scarpa Typhoon, The Garmont Endorphin, or the Black Diamond Factor. I ski on Coomba & Gotama with Freerides & Kuro's mounted with Dukes. What are your thoughts? Am I dreaming?
post #2 of 6
 Hey Bud,

Head to the darkside. Tetongravity have a bunch of different threads about the idea of the one boot quiver. My two cents are that in some respects you are getting the worst of both worlds. You will lose the dedicated stiffness of the downhill boot, and the lightness/flexibility of the touring boot. Nonetheless, my go to boots are Typhoons for nearly everything! (I probably don't need the stiffness that you prefer with Kuro's). 

I think that this type of boot reigns supreme when you are doing inbounds and lift accessed side country all in one day. (and don't have the funds or inclination to shell out for more than one boot!) 

more qualified and experienced personages will be able to add addendum's of course.
post #3 of 6
It's getting closer every year!  I've still never seen anyone charging with the big dogs on the hill with them?
But maybe that's because I am getting older and the big dogs aren't?
post #4 of 6
You need to change your thinking to Dynafit bindings.  They tour better than any binding out there, and I don't find any lack of downhill performance. You just need to get use to always having a knife handy when you transition (going from skiing to tour mode).  They now sell them with ski brakes so you won't have a problem wearing them in the resort.  It is hard to believe that those two little pins can hold you, but once you try it you will never go back.  I don't find any performance lacking, but of coarse living in Utah we ski Powder most of the time.
Than find a boot that fits your foot and works with the Dynafit system (there are so many choices today).  There are plenty out there that will fit your foot, and the performance you are looking for, but make sure you try on all the brands to see which one fits you best.
post #5 of 6
agree with mooddude +2:

The Dynafit Titan 130 flex, or Dynafit Zeus 120 flex, are both made out of polyurethane. This is the same material that the high end performance alpine boots are made out of. The benefit of PU is in the snow feel, strength, and durability. They also can be custom fit because PU is grindable and stretchable.

These boots bridge the gap of the 3 piece shell, pebax material, weak ass pwer transfer of AT boots of past generations.

The BD Factor flex 130, is another good choice of a PU 130 flex boot that can go both ways.

post #6 of 6
I'm pretty behind the times in terms of boot technology. Mostly I'm familiar with the

>>weak ass pwer transfer of AT boots of past generations

So maybe this is utterly beside the point, but....

Some years ago I had the dream of a one ski, two boot quiver, but one of those boots was to be my leather ice climbing boots (so Silvretta 404 bindings were the only real option). Skiing performance on the Silvrettas is terrible.

All that's kind of ancient history, but it still seems like the AT bindings don't have the anti-shock capabilities and the super firm connection between boot and ski that you need for skiing hard and fast on hard snow.

That could be ancient history, but I'm pretty sure that if I were going to a ski area on an early-season, "frozen granular" (i.e. icy) day, I'd have a lot more fun on a pair of GS or skiercross skis and alpine boots and bindings than any AT setup.

Of course, keeping a quiver of seven pairs of skis up to date gets awfully expensive!

[Off-topic  PS - mixed climbing in Scarpa Denalis is rough - flagging those monsters out is fatiguing!]
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