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Touring bindings question

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi all

 

I would like to know if it's possible to fit touring bindings  to my Volkl AC40 skis. This is mainly to save traveling with 2 sets of skis.

I ask this because of the way the existing bindings fit to the skis, which are the Marker Motion iPT binding.

 

Advice much appreciated

Thanks

Richard

post #2 of 12

I don't know the answer to the question (my assumption would be no), but AC40's seem like an absolutely terrible ski to tour with to me.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

I don't know the answer to the question (my assumption would be no), but AC40's seem like an absolutely terrible ski to tour with to me.


Pretty much what he said. Why would you tour on an AC40?
 

post #4 of 12

Why would you ski and AC40, let alone contemplate touring with them?

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

OK all, get the message .

It was a bit of a wild idea just to save lugging to sets of skis and snowboard, plus other kit to the US this March. Looks like I best just rent some touring skis for the few weeks I'm there.

Cheers

post #6 of 12

Or...you could just buy a ski that tours well and still performs well on a variety of terrain including hard conditions and ditch the AC40. Like maybe a Line Prophet with duke/baron or markers new touring binding if you plan on skinning much.

post #7 of 12

FWIW there are some seriously cheap touring/backcountry skis out there right now, would be roughly same price to buy a pair and some used AT bindingsm + double ski bag than to rent for a couple of weeks. (But do you have boots etc?)

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yep recon I'll leave to Volkls at home for the harder alpine slopes and see if i can pick up a bargain in the US. Like the idea of the Line prophet, the k2 Wayback seem to have good reviews too. Best do some more research. At 6' 3" and 170lbs would appreciate any further advice. I'm and advanced alpine skier and have a little backcountry/touring experience in Colorado. Going there for most of next March and want to do a lot more backcountry with poss a bit of resort too.

More advice very welcome.

cheers all

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

FWIW there are some seriously cheap touring/backcountry skis out there right now, would be roughly same price to buy a pair and some used AT bindingsm + double ski bag than to rent for a couple of weeks. (But do you have boots etc?)


 

Hi beyond

Last time i use my old nordica alpine boots. They fitted ok to the bindings on the k2 coombas I borrowed. My pal has some nice Scarpas which I would love but need to stop cost rising too much. I know there's some good second hand shops in Frisco and Leadville were  I'll be based so think your right not to rent and see whats about first.

Cheers

post #10 of 12

Unless you have them already don't forget beacon, shovel, probe, pack and avi course. SAR and/or death can really ruin a holiday.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Richard Shergold View Post

................At 6' 3" and 170lbs would appreciate any further advice. ......................



 

I think you need to eat more.

 

Seriously,  I skied the AC3 a few years back before I got into AT skiing.  My first ski after the AC3 was the AC4 (red one), which I hated as it was a stiff one dimentional plank.  I was fortunate enough to offload it quickly and ended up on Stockli Stormrider XL's .  The Stockli's has less shape (sidecut), were lighter, not uber stiff and I was easily able to go from skiing a 170cm (AC3/AC40)  to 174cm Stormrider XL.  Overall, the Stormrider was a far more versatile ski and a far more forgiving ski than either of the AC's  (I took the AC3 out again recently and rediscovered what a piece of shyte it really is).  My first AT ski was a Stockli Stormrider XXL @ 178cm, again, not too stiff, no radical side cut, for the mixed skiing we get here (Oz) it was (and still is) a great ski - it holds its own on ice, will charge through crud and although not at all fat by todays standards, will hold its own in deep fresh snow with a balanced/centered technique.  The Wayback could be a good choice (I have not skied it , but its getting good reviews), but you need to remember that you need a versatile ski for BC skiing and the AC Volkls are really a one trick pony (frontside carver).

post #12 of 12

First, boots are key. Five miles out, bad fitting boots will make you wish you were never born. Mediocre skis will just be extra work. If you have to choose, buy a good pair of boots that won't murder your feet and find some beater used boards. 

 

Second, keep in mind what Castle Dave said. I'd add, for a while after the avi course, either pay to go out in a guided group, or find some folks with experience to keep learning from. Buying the stuff is the easy part, and the course just teaches you the basics; you need to practice until it's reflexive. In a real emergency, you won't have the time to figure out how to read your locator or dig efficiently or anything else. As Mike Tyson put it, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." 

 

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