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If you ski fairly traditionally, hardly ski switch or are rarely throwing spins / flips off of natural features, go with the rec line.
If you like to ski the entire mountain a little more playfully and with some freestyle thrown in, go with -4, or the triangle closest to the tip of the ski.
Any videos you see of the Wildcats on the following instagram accounts are mounted at -4:
I'm moving back to Montana this winter and will probably be doing more exploring/glades/morning laps before work than dicey terrain or chutes, with some hut trips thrown in. I'm sure I will be using them in variable snow conditions, not just pow. I could also imagine using these for a week long trip to BC where I'm doing mostly backcountry but also skiing inbounds a couple days at Revelstoke or Whitewater. I'm looking at getting either Kingpins or Shifts.
I've been riding OG 184 Bibby's for 7 years with Salomon Guardian bindings and Full Tilt boots. Not exactly lightweight, but I fucking love these skis. I've been mostly using them in-bounds with some side country and backcountry. I decided to specialize my quiver this last year though. I got a pair of ON3P Jeffrey 108s for in bounds riding that I'm really excited about. I'll still use my old Bibby's on big pow days or combo side country days. And I'd like to get a new touring specific ski to try to shed some weight for most of the touring days.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and help me out, I really appreciate it!
If you're going to keep the OG Bibby's around, I would consider the Wildcat Tour 108 or the Deathwish Tour.
Wildcat Tour 108's will feel like a lightweight, slim Bibby, and will somewhat resemble the ride you get out of your Jeffrey's. If you like consistency in your quiver (i.e. most of your skis 'ski' similarly) I'd go this route. It'll handle most all conditions and will still do well at the resort during your week in BC. You'll hop on a pair of these and feel right at home. I go this route, and run an entire quiver of full rocker skis that all perform very similarly no matter where I'm skiing.
Deathwish Tour is a little more well rounded for a variety of backcountry conditions, and is our least specialized / most well rounded touring ski in the lineup. It won't handle the resorts during your week in BC as well
as the Wildcat Tour 108, but it won't be awful. If you went this route I'd suggest using it for all touring days and getting a more resort oriented binding for your OG Bibby's, as the Deathwish Tour performs well in everything from hardpack to pow.
As far as bindings go, if you go for a true touring setup I would find a good pin binding. Salomon MTN or Black Diamond Helio 360 if you ski aggressively in the backcountry, or the G3 Zed if you're not a super aggressive skier. I use the Zed's without the brakes and I like them, most of my touring partners opt for burlier bindings as they ski more aggressively than I do.
If you do go for a 50 / 50 binding, go with the Shift over the Kingpin.
Or you throw out the rulebook and mount a pair of fat Wildcats with the all gold CAST system and say screw the weight I'm here to fuck shit up.
**This post was edited on Aug 2nd 2020 at 5:00:49pm