/ which touring set up
1) alpine style touring kit, dynafit/fritchi bindings, plastic boots
2) nordic style kit (have the skis,old ones)3 pin bindings n fischer bcx style boots
any advice please.
I guess it really depends on your style of skiing - for long tours with little steep skiing go light & Nordic, if you plan on skiing steep slopes (such as gullies which are easy climbs) Alpine or heavier versions of Nordic gear would be better
Like Doug says. Personally I'm in the Nordic camp, and there's no doubt that Nordic is quicker on the plateau and much lighter to carry up to the snowline. BC boots give a lot less control than stiff old-school leather boots or modern plastics like T4/Excursion, but if your skis are skinny they would suffice. Fitting crampons to Nordic boots can be a problem (basket-style front fixings won't go over a 75mm duckbill, you need the wire bail type or an ancient adjustable crampon) and because all Nordic boots are designed to flex easily fore-and-aft they're not good for steep frontpointing. I've done grade I and Alpine PD with crampons on leather duckbill boots but wouldn't fancy anything harder (though a friend has done grade III with similar kit).
Top priority is comfort, which you can only assess by trying them on in the shop. Beyond that, if climbing is on the agenda, T4 or Excursion would be best since much stiffer than the others. If just touring the tops, BC boots (for BC bindings) or BCX boots (duckbill, for 3-pin or cable bindings) are a lot lighter. My impression is that the Fischer BCX boots will give rather more downhill control than the Salomon or lighter Alpina BC boots, but that's just based on what they feel like in the shop, I haven't done comparative tests on the hill. I haven't seen the Alpina 2250 but it looks sturdier than the other BC boots.
which binding would you go for, basic 3 pin (no cable)
or 3 pin with a cable?
cheers again, davey.
I'm going to be unhelpful now and say it depends on personal preference and just what skis and boots need to be connected. Cables are reckoned to give more downhill control, but I don't know how much more because nearly all my skiing has been on basic 3-pin (on skis less than 70mm wide but with quite stiff leather boots). Maybe Doug or others have an opinion?
PS if you're size 9.5/10 pm me because I have a pair of little-used boots that I'm thinking of selling.
But the widest skis I've used with pins would be around 60-65 mm underfoot, all my wider skis have cables or 7TMs. I think my favourite bindings were probably the old Chouinard Rivas but they haven't been on sale for years, I can't even find replacement cables anymore :-(
I already have the skis, so think I,ll get some t4 or excursions & super telemark bindings, should give me so.e fun.
Thanks again, Davey.
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