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OregonDeadFirst of all Gear Talk my dude. Also, I see you recently joined so welcome to NS!
To answer your question the best option is Daymakers. Daymakers will work with your normal boots and then you can ski down in your normal bindings. You can also use frame bindings but those things will not perform quite as good on the up or the down
SIDEOFSHREDSAUCEoooh shit sorry! and thanks! yes! that was the ones i was looking for just couldnt remember the name. mods can delete thread if need be :) thanks man
OregonDeadI'm sure you are all good with how dead this place is lately. They will just move it over to Gear Talk if that is even necessary these days.
I personally have Daymakers that I switched to when my Marker frame bindings shit the bed. Daymaker guys seem like good guys and were really nice whenever I have had questions
animatorI’ve used the daymakers and I fucking hated them for anything other than doing 20minute or less tours. You’re so high off the ski that doing switchbacks and touring on flat approaches is horrendous. You can find frame bindings super cheap online nowadays and I would recommend those over the daymakers. The daymakers are overpriced and not worth what you pay. Frames suck for sure but they’re better than the daymakers, and if you decide you want to get in to touring more you can make the investment in something like a Shift! Your decision my dude, but the fact that you have to carry them in your pack on the way down combined with the ridiculous stack height is a huge turn off for me but you might be different!
thowe+1 on the issues with cutting switchbacks. daymakers seemed like a sick idea but the height off the ski and the little bit of flex they give makes me feel like I am balancing on 2x4’s placed vertical beneath my feet. I am now making the switch to S/Lab Shifts to actually tour like a normal person. If you have the money I’d spare yourself the trouble and just go all the way.
freeskibum82I'd read up on the shifts as well. Lots of people having issues with the brakes not staying up, switching from uphill to downhill mode. etc.. On my recent trip to japan a buddy had them and had nothing but issues when transitioning. Just drop the money on a proper pin setup and get a boot with inserts. It's worth it just to be hassle free.