/ Skis that for B3 walking boots
Does anyone Know if it is possible to get skis and ski bindings that will fit B3 walking boots?
and If is it any reccomendations for makes and places to buy them from?
Im looking for some short approach ski kinda things, that i can easily strap to my rucksack for a bit of fun while out an about in the snow this winter
I'm no expert but I know It's certainly possible to get B3 compatible bindings. I've got some old fritchii 88 bindings which are pretty simple to use and minimalist, they fit my B3s fine. However, Its worth bearing in mind the reduced ankle support compared to proper ski boots. A quick search on needlesports turned up some shortish approach type skis at 2.8kg/pair so might be worth having a look (they do have a hefty price tag though). Personally I'd have a look on eBay or something similar and pick up a cheap used pair. But obviously that depends on your needs/experience/budget. As I mentioned my knowledge is a little limited, hope this helps a bit though.
This UKC article http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3568 has some more information, including a contrary viewpoint - the author of which expanded on the subject in this ski review: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3493
A B3 boot does not offer the rigidity that is necessary to protect the ankle and lower leg, so be VERY careful, if you do follow this route. I have heard people talking about using boots such as Spantiks for skiing - THIS IS A CLIMBING BOOT - don't be so stupid
(By the way - I have spantiks - I use them for Himalayan climbing...)
Cheers for the advice.
I have a set of Rossi venture blades fs. just what u were asking about, for use with mountaineering boots. w skins. used once i skied off top of cairngorm on them. email me if you r interested.
I use these for access style touring. I haven't really 'skied' in them due to the lack of structure (and therefore protection) in the boots but they are a dream on long snowy approaches. The skis are small so you don't have a large A-frame in the way while climbing. Only downside is the lack of support for the ski down, but that is due to boot choice.
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