Hi all - About a year ago, Don Denver had a thread about embedded teflon/vibram soles for the Lange Banshee. The answers seemed to indicate that adding a Vibram sole makes the boot incompatible with DIN bindings. I'm interested if there's anything similar or new out there for those of us who do a lot of inbounds/sidebounds hiking but don't necessarily want to shift to something like the Factor and a Duke/Baron.
Specifically, I find that in the same day, sometimes in the same morning, I may want to do some runs with friends or family and then take off for a few hours of hiking to some chutes. That hiking can involve rock bands, exposures where typical alpine boot soles have nearly done me in. But seldom skinning. So I just need a boot that fits me (key issue; Banshees don't) with a bit of rubber in front and back. Currently I have an old touring rig, not suitable in any way for lift served skiing. For that I ski Falcon 10's and Sollie plugs, but want a somewhat softer boot for western snow. Obviously alpine Sollies remain a possibility but leaning away. Am thinking about Factors, which fit, but also (gasp) intrigued about Kryptons. Which sound perfect for my mission, but obviously are a classic plastic sole alpine boot.
To make it more complicated, my understanding is that the exchangeable block model AT's out there are not DIN compatible when the Vibram block is in. And they're a pain to swap out, not something you can do on the spur of the moment at the top of the lift. So this is a mark against Factors IMO - what's the point if I can't really make simple use of the swap feature?
Any new ideas about how to make an alpine/DIN compatible boot safer for hiking? Or AT swaps easier? Thanks.