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Bindings for Kästle FX84

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

Fist off, I have been lurking around and reading on epic for a while and I have to say these are some of the most thoughtful and helpful discussions I have seen anywhere.  Really top notch.  Anyway, a first post for me.

 

So I just bought a pair of Kästle FX84's (184cm) which I am very excited about.  They were a pair of demo skis (new was a little out of my price range) but I need to put new bindings on them and I am looking for recommendations.  I am not looking to put a touring set up on them but I will hopefully be using them for 75% off piste skiing.  I am 6'2", 180lb, and an experienced fairly aggressive skier, if that is helpful.  Any suggestions would be awesome.

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

The new Marker F12 is a great option. 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am not really looking for a touring binding, is there an advantage to it?  

post #4 of 10
I'm guessing phil misread and thought you wanted a touring binding, because no, there's no advantage if you don't plan to tour.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

I'm guessing phil misread and thought you wanted a touring binding, because no, there's no advantage if you don't plan to tour.


Yep, misread it. 

post #6 of 10

Listen to ya Gear Pimp, Bra!

 

For what it is worth, I'm mounting the Marker F12 on my new FX 94s. The Kastle FX line (Black Skis) focus was Free Ski Mountaineering and are light in weight because of it.  IMHO placing a regular weighted alpine binding on this line would be a mistake you might regret. Please take more time in this decision. I look at this choice as expanding my ski quiver coverage with one purchase. And yes, I saw what Kastle recommends on it's FX skis on their site.

 

You said they were demos?........What was mounted on them before?.......Just wondered.

 

If you need a pair of F12s ask the Gear Pimp for the best pricing..........Ya Mon!


Edited by skimalibu - 11/7/10 at 7:15pm
post #7 of 10

Well, I'm thinking on this too. Agree that the FX line appears to be aimed at ski mountaineering, and that if you are looking toward that, some kind of AT binding makes the most sense. OTOH, the 84 is fairly narrow for the type of touring/mountaineering that's done in the U.S., especially for someone your size. So OP: Are you including skinning in that off-piste, or are you thinking just about hiking? Cuz if you're just thinking about lift-served hiking/sidebounds laps, you'd be better served by a light alpine setup like the Jester or Look. I'm intrigued about the number of skiers I see on Dukes just doing inbounds/groomers. Unclear, unless you're a coach, why you'd want same.  Unless the sensation of knowing you could go skinning makes it all impossibly cool. Like owning a 911 Turbo and never going over 80...

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

A light alpine setup is exactly the kind of thing I am looking for.  I just cant realistically see myself using an AT setup right now (as undeniably cool as it does seem), I am more of a hiker.  Regardless of their intention I really do like the way that they ski.  Having demoed a lot of skis last season I might not say that they would be my absolute first choice, but they are certainly up there.  Combine that with a price that made me feel I might be swindling someone and I could not pass it up.

 

I don't know what was mounted on them previously.  They are were purchased sans bindings.  

post #9 of 10

A nice light HP binding will be the Griffon then. 

post #10 of 10
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I don't know what was mounted on them previously.  They are were purchased sans bindings.  



 I think you were pretty lucky to find FX demos for sale. I wonder if they might have been Marker rental bindings. In any case, I hope you get to re-use some if not all of the old holes.

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