/ Bindings for Black Diamond Megawatts?
Ideally i'd like to find an all round binding that'll do me well for long Scottish touring days as well as full days off-piste resort skiing where I won't need the touring mode. I know most modern touring bindings fit this bill fairly well but any specific suggestions would be great!
Black Diamond O1
What boots do you have and are they dynafit compatible?
I'd imagine that most days touring with a 125mm waisted ski will be quite long ;-)
One option would be to mount a plate like this:
The would allow you to get a pair of lightweight touring bindings (e.g. dynafit TLT) and also a set of proper resort bindings. Switching them over takes five minutes and saves a lot of compromises if you only have one pair of skis.
Or, as suggested, go Telemark.
I'm getting the carbon version of the Megawatts which are much lighter than the normal ones (over a kilo) so should make touring OK.
I've got freeride pro's on verdicts. Good all rounder. im happy with them. I guess if you want to do more freeride than touring then its markers. A lightweight freeride would be the dynafit TNT system, however no real din settings. I certainly don't trust them. Scott do there version of the freeride, 6 and 2 3's really.
So freeride or marker, all depends on how much your touring...
Being serious though - it might be worth getting something like quiver killers so you can use dynafits for touring and then get a second hand pair of DH bindings (you can pick them up much cheaper than touring bindings) for your lift-served off piste?
If you really only want one binding I'd personally be much happier with a 'proper' binding for DH days such as a Marker (or the new Salomon one but I don't know if any niggles with it have come out yet) over the dynafit.
Dynafit Radical ST. You can get em with 130mm brakes, they're cheaper than the FTs and don't have the pointless 'flex plate' so they're lighter too. You probably don't need the release values to go up to 12.
They're not much fun on hard, refrozen pistes, but you won't be taking Megawatts out on those anyway, right? Unless most of your skiing involves mechanical uplift of some kind, there aren't many reasons to get any other sort of binding.
There's no reason not to trust the release values even in the absense of DIN certification; you can get a dynafit setup torque tested by a suitable equipped ski tech to see that it is entirely comparable to frame bindings. The major problem is that the setup is very sensitive to misaligned bindings or slightly-out-of-spec boot fittings. Well worth getting the bindings professionally mounted for that reason.
Dynafit all the way Chris. You'll be fine on them unless your hitting big drops. I find there is little difference between them and alpine bindings in soft snow. Are you set on Megawatts? Having skied with 100mm underfoot the past season in Scotland I definitely wouldn't go any bigger. http://www.downskis.com/skis/countdown-4 These have been pretty sweet all round. Preseason sale is on now so the whole lineup from Down is pretty cheap.
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