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Touring with Big Mountain ski's

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 I am wondering how experiences are with touring with big mountain ski's. Like with Hellbent's. Is that do-able?
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No it's not doable, you should never tour with skis that are not marketed as touring skis. Seriously? Think about the question. Is there any reason it would not be doable?
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 Of course you can, but there are two factors that you need to consider. First is the weight of the ski. Most touring skis are a half kg or more lighter than a typical big mountain ski. That is a lot of extra weight on the uphill slog. The depending upon the type of touring bindings you mount, the weight can go up awfully quick. The second factor is whether the ski is designed so that skins can be attached (and stay on). Not having skied the Hellbents, I can't answer either question.
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I throw a set of skins on my Kastle MX 88's w/ Marker Barons and heap up the mountain here at least once per week.  Yes, they are heavy.  Yes, they ski great.  Yes, people look at me like I'm crazy.

The answer to your question depends on your motivation.  I wanted a way to get out and smoke myself while enjoying the outdoors, so carrying the extra weight isn't a big deal.  I could care less about speed on the way up.  This wouldn't be the set-up I chose for a long trip, though.  Maybe an overnight hut trip, but not much more.
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Originally Posted by time2clmb View Post

No it's not doable, you should never tour with skis that are not marketed as touring skis. Seriously? Think about the question. Is there any reason it would not be doable?
 

I was considering weight. Asking myself if it is possible (enjoyable) to make a kick-turn with it. Easy to traverse, giving a sure stand, etc...
post #6 of 7
it is a balance between weight up, vs fun on the way down.

fat skis make it more fun/less work on the skiing, light weight (skinny skis, lower boots) make it more fun on the way up.  
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Depends how fit you are as far as weight. If you get out lots you will get used to it. If you have several choices in your quiver and tour mainly on your heavy set up, the days that you take your light set up will seem like a breeze. That's my experience anyway... FYI a guy I tour with alot uses Hellbents all the time, and he's 49. 


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The second factor is whether the ski is designed so that skins can be attached (and stay on). 
 

Not really.
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