/ Can you wear salomon snow blades on B3 boots
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It's alright Doug, I saw that thread.
I've skied with B3 boots (and a sledge) and can confirm it was shite (though no worse than Nordic BC kit). I can't imainge what it would be like with snow blades.
Some people (inc. Jon Griffith and Will Sim) are big supporters of skiing in mountaineering boots, especially for hard alpine objectives.
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I guess it depends if you have the time to practice and become competent.
It's not exactly a fair comparison mind, as both are practically professional climbers and certainly fit the stereo type of full time alpinists. In these scenarios the difference in performance of alpine climbing boots over ski touring boots starts to make a difference. Plus they both probably have the skiing skills and the additional time to master the difference in performance between the different types of boots.
This is a world away from some amateur part time climber wanting to wear climbing boots as they are too cheap to buy ski boots as well or just figured it would be an easier way off of the hill after doing a route.
Original blades are pretty awful on unprepared snow, even in ski boots. There are 'fat' blades and (expensive) 'approach skis' on the market but I don't think even these would work well with most mountaineering boots - B3 says the boot has a stiff sole but the same sideways ankle flex that makes these boots nicer to climb in than an old school Koflach or similar is a liability for skiing. I'm in the "what can I climb in my ski touring boots?" camp.
For the sake of a few hundred quid, better to get the right kit, than risk spending the next 10, 20, .... years with a restricting or nagging knee or ankle injury.
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