I need some new bindings for my Nomad SFT 181's (110 underfoot). This is my first pair of skis over 85mm, and I'm going to be at Kicking Horse this winter, on most everything in-bounds (no avvy training, I know what's good for me). I was originally looking at Salomon STH12 OS bindings, as I have had them or the older brother of it on my past 2/3 skis, and they have served me well. However, I will be doing a LOT more days on-snow this year and on much harder terrain (previous winters I've skiied 1-2 days a week in Ontario (inc big jumps with hard landings), and a week vacation in BC or Vermont/year). So I'm not sure they will necessarily cut the cheese this year. Regardless, the STH14's should be able to take the beating if I decide to go for a binding and nothing more.
Then I found out my parents are buying me a set of skis for my college graduation, and the game changes . I thought about all the issues I had in le Massif after they opened up a new glade with a couple feet of untouched snow (my first real deep powder experience), and how I was having all sorts of issues with diving from poor fore-aft balance. So I got thinking the Jester Schizo's might be useful. Then I looked at the Dukes, they seem to be a bombproof touring binding. However, I'm completely new to this touring stuff. I figured it could help me get more runs on snow further away from people having touring bindings, but again, I'm new to this whole thing.Do you need to skin up to tour? Or are you better off skating if you've got no skins? The other thing is how much distance I will actually need to travel. If anybody who has skiied Kicking Horse knows how far Feuz Bowl and Superbowl are from the lifts, that would be quite useful. Also, how are the Dukes in regular downhill use? Do they not ski quite as nicely as a regular downhill binding (other than the weight)?
As for me, I'm 6'4", 160 lbs, and my DIN on my old skis is 6 (although I suspect that I should've cranked that up a long time ago, as I can easily lose a ski while skating hard).
edit: my ski boots also say 29.5 on a sticker on the back, I assume this is cm. So therefore I should fit into the smaller dukes, right?