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OregonDeadMy brother in-law is telling me that trying to tour up hill in alpine boots just plain sucks. Says it sucks to the point that the pain it causes negates any advantage the binding might have on the downhill. Anyone else have this experience? I kinda want to buy some frame bindings because it seems way more cost effective but based on his feedback I'm thinking maybe I should save up for dynafits or just keep on boot packing.
shin-bangIf you're touring OFTEN wth randonee bindings, yes it gets sucky and very cumbersome. But if you're doing a couple mid range tours a month or so and skiing mostly alpine, that's where they shine, despite some of the disadvantages of weight and bulk.
OregonDeadHe is from CO where approaches are longer and he also does longer trips like in the Alps. But most people I know with Dynafits don't want to switch back to anything else. If I set up a touring rig I will probably just use it for 1/2 day trips most of which will start at the top of a chairlift. I boot to most of the places I want to go when the snow is firm but it'd be nice to have the same access when there is soft snow. IDK first world problems I guess.
shin-bangI was in your same shoes man. I used my touring setup a bit, but not as much as I had intended, also didn't have a big enough group to go with, so I sold it. However it worked great for what I used it for. Sounds to me like a randonee binding would be good for you, but will you have friends going with you that have taking avy courses and know what they're doing?