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I'm looking for a pair of trekkers for 100 or less if possible, and a digital beacon (DTS tracker or barryvox mammut preferred, has to be digital), probe, and shovel for a good price, so most likely used.
Let me know if you need to unload any of these items, and I'll gladly take them off your hands.
I have used both Diamir touring binds and alpine trekkers before. While touring bindings are nice as it is quicker transition time between shred and trek, they reduce total travel weight, however, they are a weaker binding than what you would get in a proper alpine ski binding. The new top end touring bindings are fairly decent, but they are still more brittle and also do not have the same release points of other bindings. Older touring bindings often have only plastic toe pieces which do not offer much for toe release, and are also very easy to break. Breaking a binding in the backcountry sucks balls let me say. I prefer using trekkers as when I go out in the backcountry, I want to push it and do gnarly things. For that, I want the performance of a high quality alpine binding. Not the watered down substitute touring binding. If you plan on only skiing wide open powder fields, tour bindings are fine and are more efficient for travelling around. But if you plan on dropping any cliffs or skiing like a man, I recommend trekkers.
I can't afford dukes, and I also doubt I really need an actual touring setup for the occasional day tour or slackcountry line. And, as others said, I don't have to sacrifice downhill performance that way.
Veteran, I check TGR a lot, I was just trying to go local first because it makes things a bit easier.
I've seen a fair number of both broken trekkers AND naxos. If you're sending it naxo's wont hold you in. Depends on what kind of skier you are I guess... if you're hucking on the way down trekkers are the way to go.
They're inserts that fit into alpine bindings like a boot would, and they act like a tele binding.
You have your boots in trekkers to climb, and when you go downhill you just take them out and use the alpine bindings, so you don't lose any of the downhill performance.
They're also pretty cheap.
If you go escape route in Whistler they have a "For sale" board with post it notes at the back of the store. If you talk to the right people you might be able to by some of the stores Old used gear that they rent out,Â (Off the record)Â
I lost a single treker out of my backpack the last time i was escaping from singings pass after nightfall,Â my pack had opened after my shovel got clipped by a branch over head.Â I'd skied a fair distance before noticed I was losing gear.Â It was too dark to goÂ searching for my single treker.Â Someone must have found it this summer...
I find trekers really fussy.Â While they are good because you can ski with confidence knowing your bindin won't blow out on you as with the ski touring bindings,Â trekers are a bitch on angled slopes because they have aÂ tendency to slip out when your crossing an angle on a traverse.
I wouldÂ recommend the BCAÂ companion Shovel and probe,Â They sell it at MEC. (The probe stores in the shovel)Â Only draw back is the probe isn't all that long.