Whatup guys, I've been a long time schooler but have always been chillin in the shadows. I've been riding Midwest terrain my entire life so I'm pretty much only used to skimpy parks and landfills.. I'm 5'10 135 lbs, and im currently rockin:
2013 FT boots
2014 marker griffins
2015 thalls armada 166cm
Not really a fan of my thalls, it feels like they have little to no flex, and just seem to be bulky and not very playful. Currently got a pretty gnarly back injury and looking to make the transition from park to day touring and pow skiing. I'm on sort of a budget but regardless I'm trying to accomplish the following..
- primarily a pow ski that shreds through versatile conditions, yet can hold its own on groomers for days when the pow isn't there
- bindings that can double as sturdy alpiners for days I wanna charge, but can also be used for some sidecountry/day tours..
- need some advice (havnt done a TON of research on this yet) on what type of boots I should look into or if I should just stick with my FTs.
From what I've gathered.. the JJs and bent chetlers seem to be crushing the pow game yet still hold their own on groomers if I had a down day with shit snow. I've heard people say that you should downsize for touring but upsize for heavy rockers because of the surface area youre losing. I was thinking that 175s would be good for someone that's 5'10?
I'm torn on whether I should just stick with my markers and use some day trekkers like the daymakers.. which I've heard both good and bad things... or rock a frame touring binding like the tyrolia adrenalins that kind of have the best of both worlds.
Here's the catch... my back is broken and i won't be on skis again until next winter. I'm also moving from Michigan to colorado and not sure when I'll be able to do any demo'ing before I look into buying (might be a stupid decision). Hit me with your best advice and opinions on anything and everything I've talked above.. lemme here what you got!
**This thread was edited on Mar 23rd 2018 at 10:15:43am