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I have an old pair of sick day 95s that I want to use to make a touring setup for this spring/early summer but I don't want to invest a lot of money into super lightweight bindings because I don't think these would be great skis for a super nice setup. Are there any recommendations for cheaper heavier touring bindings or am I just better off getting daymakers.
Lightly used marker dukes, salomon guardians, or tyrolia adrenalines are dime a dozen on craigslist and ebay and shit like that. That's probably what you want if you don't wanna dive balls deep in getting expensive bindings or daymakers
Yeah you can find a whole host of options... i personally like the good ol fritschi freeride bindings since they don't weigh a lot and are easy to transition with/change the riser heights. Lots of people will whine about how much they lift you above the ski - but I've measured it - its not much more than what the Duke would do, and it's lighter and skis pretty good. They would compliment a pair of rock Sickday 95's well for getting into touring. Just make sure you get a pair in the right size range for your boot sole length just like you would want to with any of the old plate bindings.
You should consider Daymakers... people shit on them but:
- every ski you own is now a touring ski
- you get better performance on the downhill than tech-bindings
- cheapest way to get a touring setup (although expensive, $300 is less than boots/bindings/mounting)