/ Ski Touring Setup
Im buying some ski touring skis for my birthday and have looked around, i had a talk with the guys at conrad sport and they recomended (for my price range) K2 Shuksan Speed Rocker 11/12 coupled with marker tour bindings. This is aimed at a set up where I do about 1/2 on pieste, 1/2 off pieste. Will touring bindings wear a lot more using lots on pieste? is this a decent set up, im just worried its a lot of money if im using for the wrong thing.
thanks very much
Go for at least the Waybacks and Fritschi Freeride Pro+.
Shuksans are too narrow, I would say. I am touring on Hardsides - 98mm, and ideal for Scottish conditions. I found my 82mm Backups were far too flexy, chattery and crap in soft spring snow. I bent them on Ben Lawers falling in slush! They were also too flexy for pistes.
Be sure what you want.
Speedtouring/Skirunning/race setups - sub 80mm skis, tech bindings
Long touring/ski-mountaineering - wider skis - anything from tech bindings, through Marker/Fritschi/Salomon etc.
Freeride touring - at least 90mm+, usually with high din bindings - Dukes etc
The better the skis are uphill, the worse they are downhill. The same has pretty much to be said for boots. The lighter the boot, the softer, and better for uphill, and climbing, but less ideal for downhill.
I'm only really familiar with the K2 range but from that the Sideshow might suit you although I'm not sure about price. Marker Barons might be a better binding for you than Tours.
There is no definitive answer. Which is why you are here, I suppose.
K2 Sideshows are a good start. Tours were a bit dodgy, but I am assured they are better now.
I tour with friends with every possible incarnation of skis and bindings in Scotland.
As for the markers, they worked just as well as fritschi freeride+ that the glenmore skis had.
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