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First touring setup - Any opinions on these skis?
I've read a bunch of posts on this forum already, but figured I would post something more specific to me.
I'm trying to build my first touring setup and have bunch of skis I'm trying to decide between. Profile is a lighter aggressive skier at 5'9" and about 135lbs, currently ride 180 Soul 7s in the resort (Sierra mountains), spending almost all of my time on the blacks/double blacks.
The things I like about the 2016 Soul 7's with my Pivot bindings is the fact that they're light and maneuverable. I can glide on powder days but also catch air and rip a line of bumps. Obviously they aren't great in hard pack or crud, but I still have fun on them.
Looking for a BC ski under the $1k price range that will handle some charging. I don't really see myself using this ski at the resort since I have my 7's for that. Probably will be touring more in softer snow and after fresh dumps as opposed to wind blown and cruddy. Since I'm on the lighter side, I probably want to stay on the lighter side of skis, but want to make sure I don't go so light that the ski isn't fun. I didn't start looking too much into bindings yet, but will probably be aiming for something like the Fritschi Tecton's because I'm overly paranoid about a pre-release while charging.
Here are the skis I'm trying to decide between, in no particular order. I can get a pretty good deal on the Helio 105s and the Backland FR 102s. I'm just not sure if the Helios are too light and will feel like more of a traverse oriented ski rather than a fun riding ski.
Head Kore 105
Zero G 108
Volkl VTA 108
Atomic Backland FR 102
Atomic Backland 107
Black Diamond Route 105
Black Diamond Helio 105
Let me know what you think. Thanks!
I'd go with something narrower honestly.
It's the sierras.. what happens after a storm? the pow consolidates pretty densely... I generally don't find myself ever touring on anything wider than about 103..
Today I was out on a pair of Icelantic Vanguard 97's and it was awesome.. and I was skiing 5 day old freshies... that's about all you'll ever really need in maritime snowpacks.
I'll give you some other options instead.
BD Route 95. (go if you want a damper yet heavier version of the helio)
BD Helios 95. (go if you want a snappier, lighter version of the route)
Black Crows Camox Freebird (not the lightest, but skis really really nicely)
Blizzard Zero G 95 (much more useable as an everyday touring ski than the 108)
Dynastar Mythic 97
K2 Wayback 96
Honestly, any of these will be good... I've skied the entire lot of them, and they all have their pros and don't have a terrible amount of cons. Take your pick. You'll enjoy the snot out of them, and they'll all be much lighter and usable than the list you provided.
Springtime corn is what you live for skiing backcountry in the sierras... any of these will absolutely win at that endeavor.
Thanks for the feedback, it definitely makes sense. I'm thinking about going with the DYNAFIT BEAST 98 in that case (deciding between 170 or 177). It's a little heavier than skis of comparable size, but the reviews for both powder and hard pack performance are outstanding. I read another great ski in this width is the Kastle TX 98, however that one's much more expensive. For bindings I'm thinking the Tecton 12's or the Shifts, but am leaning towards the Tecton's as they are lighter and will still have great downhill performance.
the beast 98's are a good ski. Yeah. a bit heavier, but they perform really really well.
Can't really go wrong with the Tecton...
I would go with the Tectons. I bought the shift and have been having issues with it, vertical play in the toe and trouble getting it to stay locked into walk mode while going uphill. Also getting into the toe when going up on the tectons is much easier than the shift.
**This post was edited on Jan 18th 2019 at 1:28:54pm
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