The STW Ski & Snowboard thread. The 2013-2014 season
I’d also be interested in an explanation of different touring bindings. I’ve just stuck with my 7tm tellie bindings with a touring attachment. I keep seeing loads if different set ups but never go up and ask how they work.
If be interested to know about the dyna fit above.Posted 3 years agoRioSubscriber
I’d also be interested in an explanation of different touring bindings
This is slightly out of date but covers the basics – http://mountaintracks.co.uk/blog/ski-touring-bindings-facts. There’s a new touring binding from Salomon this year which looks like a real competitor to Marker; in particular you can transfer from ski to walk without taking the ski off.
Apparently will work with pretty much any binding type, which sounds pretty cool
Probably not very well with an alpine binding though – touring/freeride boots that will work with an alpine binding usually have interchangeable toe and heel pieces, like for example the Scarpa Freedoms. I’m told that although the touring sole will often fit in an alpine binding it compromises the release. Haven’t tried it myself though.Posted 3 years ago
I started using the original Silvretta touring binding which were heavy but reliable and worked fine. The Dynafit Tech bindings came along and I couldn’t resist the weight saving. They also proved to be reliable and place the hinge nearer the toe so they feel more like X-C kit. I had some (non)release issues but once I set the forward release lighter than my normal piste settings they were fine (this involved changing the spring at the time but is now the small screw).
I tried an original Fritschi but the movement felt odd because the hinge was so far from the toe, they also suffered breakages at the time so I opted for Tech.
There are lots of brands in the market now and recently I saw someone out on some Fritschi/Marker type bindings on which they’ve added a link in the front hinge to improve the motion. I’ve tried to find them with Google and failed.
Boots are a personal thing. When choosing bear in mind that the looser and more flexible the top part the faster you’ll go up. Look for boots that allow a maximum of amplitude without too much heel lift that don’t press on your toes when moving the ski forward with the boot open. Downhill I’m happy in any old flexible boot but you might not like minimalist race boots if you like carving on piste or jumping off things. I generally strip the boots of spoiler and superfluous velcro straps, and add elastics to buckles to stop them flapping when completely undone. Madame thermoforms her inners, I prefer not to.Posted 3 years agoRioSubscriber
IMO this is one of the least useful features of a binding.
This was highlighted to me after a long skate/pole along a cross-country ski track when I said I’d have put my Barons into climb mode if it wasn’t such a PITA, but now that you mention it that’s probably a pretty unusual scenario! But the method of switching is much easier than some others (like the aforementioned Barons).Posted 3 years ago
Even after years of X-C skate racing I skate my rando skis locked down. If the boots aren’t already unlocked I’ll reach down and release the top buckle and boot lock but I find skating with heel-heavy rando skis worse than locked down. The old Silvrettas had an adjustable spring like an X-C binding but the Techs have nothing.Posted 3 years ago
Snow+Rock sale has started:Posted 3 years agodashedMember
I’ve got those Salomon Guardians this year – really easy to use and a great compromise for a bit of side country. They’ll only get used for an hour or two skin up to some freshies rather than full day touring and spend 90% of their time as a normal DH binding. Perfect for what I need.
St Anton this time tomorrow 🙂Posted 3 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
Very warm today,
Snow is disappearing fast and nothing is forecast to fall in the time we’re out here.
Lovely resort with clean and well run hill restaurants, not too pricy either.
Hoping tomorrow won’t be as busy as there is very little in the way of off piste.Posted 3 years agochrisdwSubscriber
Just got back from week in serre che.Posted 3 years ago
Fairly busy with all the ski schools going with the little gremlins, but fantastic weather. Had a dump of fresh powder first day we were there and cloudless days the rest of the week.
Few brown patches appearing towards the end of the week and the lifts were giving temps of 12 degrees on saturday at 2000m.
Piemonster: yeah, what Flashy says. As with many things, fit and comfort are as important as tech specs and reviews.
Take your helmet and your face along to a shop and see what goggle fit well.
Bit worried about all this talk of high temps: off to Les Deux Alpes on Friday.Posted 3 years ago
I believe the idea is to lighten the tips to get faster changes of direction. Either way, Kastle skis are lovely to ski, but they do look a little ‘Hedge fund manager’s skis’ for my liking!
Hey Flashy, no it wasn’t the Kastles! I like those skis though. It looked more like someone got a hammer and put a dent in the tip (at the part thats off the snow). Just a bit odd looking and I’m trying to remember who made them. Saw a few of them last season and the season before, haven’t been as aware of them this season.
Re the other thing, I call myself a ‘biker’ since I’m a mountain biker, so its makes sense for me to call snowboarders ‘boarders’ 😛 .Posted 3 years agonbtMember
Sorry but more talk of melting snow, it’s not just warm here in Saalbach, it’s hot. Snow was getting soft by mid morning never mind mid afternoon. the good news is that after lunch we felt a marked drop in air temps. fingers crossed it continues this way but double figure temps forecast for the rest of the week.Posted 3 years ago
Serre Che in late season gets stupidly hot. The key is to get up early and get up high.
Oh, and dispel any thoughts of a nice ski back to the village. Stay high, then download on a lift.
In short, get up, get some altitude and stay up there. Spring skiing in a nutshell.
Oh, and lightweight kit and lots of water and suncream obviously.Posted 3 years ago
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