I'm looking to get two skis this year, one 105ish waist do everything ski, and one 120+ pure powder ski.
im considering using touring bindings on both, i've only ever borrowed my friends skis when we did any backcountry touring, so i havent owned a setup. he had barons, they were ok, but for me nothing compares to pivots.
I've seen some systems out there, forget what they're called, where you can run your regular alpine bindings, those work ok?
otherwise any other bindings i should be looking at?
XtRemE11a lot more inbounds, but I would like that to change that..
I'm in the same boat as you while I get into it and since I don't have the coin for tech bindings and boots to suit at the moment I'm just going to get a set of skis I can stick tech bindings on later but will have alpine touring ones on for now.
Usually to be found working in the alps with 'Staff' on the back of my jacket pretending to know whats occurring while I slink off to go ski.
I personally would go with inserts for pivots and then your touring bindings. Anything like dukes/guardians creates a dead spot under the binding and imo I changes how the ski rides and kills some of the pop. At least thats what I found on my R122s and YLEs.
The cast system, while great, requires dynafits, the right kind of boot that can be planed and have the pin holes added. A lot of money if youre just looking to get into the sidecountry/BC.