.MASSHOLE.Similar build (5'11, 155 w/o gear), similar background (FIS-level racer) and skied in the same area (Mansfield w/ trips out west).
My recommendation from personal experience?
Go with a Gunsmoke, Kartel 116, or something similar that has some backbone. If the Mordacai is ANYTHING like the the 1st. gen Opus (White top sheet with the red tree) it will not really like any long run outs or big high speed turns. IMO I would go for the Kartel 116 in a mid 180 length because any longer will suck out east. I skied a 186 Peacemaker as my DD and a 186 Gunsmoke as my pow ski, it worked out nicely.
For bindings, I would go with the Tyrolia options over the Marker, Atomic/Salomon, or any other frame option.
I wouldn't go with a tech option if you're looking to huck 5s or 3s unless it was the Beast (and even then, I wouldn't).
If I were you, I would go with CAST if you go with a Dalbello boot or Tecnica and a WTR binding (I think they're compatible). It is definitely a pricier option than a frame or pure tech binding, but it has the ability for you to get a better ROM than a frame binding and a better skiing ability than a tech option.
If you REALLY think you are going to get into longer tours (upwards of 3+ hours min.), then just go for a pure tech set up (boots, bindings, skis) and forgo the jibbing thoughts.
Boots are a crap shoot since we can't tell you what fits. But your options are as follows IF you want a walkmode:
1. Tecnica Cochise/ZeroG (I think ZeroG can swap soles?)
2. Dalbello Lupo (Any version)
3. Lange XT Freetour 130
4. K2 boots
5. Scarpa Freedom
6. Salomon Quest or QST
7. Atomic Waymaker
Thanks for taking your time to respond, I really appreciate it. I've heard nothing but great things about the Kartels, but unfortunately we don't carry ON3P in the shop I work at. Budget is probably something I should have mentioned. I'm at that point where I know I'm updating my gear very soon and therefore it's kind of all I can think about. Dangerous. Going off of your advice I think the Gunsmokes are the ones, also in a 186.
The CAST seems to be the most monumental system out there. Trekkers were an option but I've heard that traversing with them just doesn't work well. The CAST seems like its pretty much the answer to my problem, but unfortunately my budget won't allow it. The adrenaline on the other hand is something I will definitely consider.
Totally forgot about the new Cochise 130. I like that they have tech inserts in case I were to put together a setup geared purely towards touring. I had a pair of KR pros for a while and absolutely loved everything about them EXCEPT for the wrap liners, which gave me a gnarly pressure point down the side of my leg. Hence, my reasoning for the Lupos is prob flawed logic. I'll try both boots on and see whats up.
Thanks again for the advice.