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Topic - Touring boots and bindings

Tim Chappell - on 15 Dec 2012
I currently own downhill skis only. When off-piste, I carry them and the boots on my back, and change mode when I get to the summit.

My thinking is that downhill skis and boots will give me better control than touring bindings. Also, when I tried using touring skis in Canada (9 years ago now, wow) I went through all sorts of agony with shin-bang, i.e. with blisters on the front of my shins from walking/ skinning in touring boots.

On the other hand, I'd love to be able to skin up hills instead of walk up them, and in really deep snow, presumably walking up them wouldn't actually be possible.

Advice, please:

1. Do touring bindings give you good control for downhill skiing?
2. Are touring boots a frequent source of pain?
3. How much would touring boots + bindings + skins set me back?
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