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In addition to the long tours vs short to get to the goods question, you should also consider whether you are willing to exert more energy and ski on something that you really enjoy, or exert less and not enjoy the actual skiing as much. From when I took a Avy 1/Intro to backcountry class where I rented randonee gear (K2 backlash with their precut skins, fritschis, and AT boots), it seemed like the downhill was very tough because the stuff was so sloppy. This may have been because it was rental stuff, but from what I've heard, a lot of it is like that. After that, I decided that it was worth to me to lug heavier gear up for the better reward of going down. My setup is 181 ON3P Wrenegades with Barons. I currently dont have AT boots, but am planning on getting some