KyleAHow many years have you spent touring on Trekkers and how many times have they failed you? A broken Radical heel also wrecks a day pretty quickly.
I have been touring for over 15 years. Toured with trekkers twice, never broke one personally, but the added height above the ski and the inherent flex was enough to make me never wish them upon anyone ever. (not to mention the weight and volume they add)
I have been present a total of 5 times when trekkers have failed on others... Trekkers are the second most unreliable piece of touring kit, next to the naxo binding. But thankfully they have all died. The third most unreliable touring binding ever was the Fritschi Diamir frame binding... almost as tall and noodlely as a trekker, just lighter.
these are just my opinions, based on real world experience... I have never meet anyone who is a regular BC user who thinks trekkers are a good idea. IMO, they are only good for taking out random noobs to give them a taste of the BC, before they spend actual money on proper gear... Or if say You want to hit slack country lines periodically.
It's true, you can accomplish a lot on marginal gear...plenty do. But good, efficient and proper gear will go a long way to getting in and out safely and comfortably. Why introduce an unnecessary variable?