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    I bailed on my trip to Switzerland yesterday. ...

    I bailed on my trip to Switzerland yesterday. Was supposed to go on Saturday for 2 weeks of touring,off piste, & resort skiing. Odds are that all would have been fine had I gone, but still too much...
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    I did an easy off piste day trip out of Val...

    I did an easy off piste day trip out of Val Gardena with Stephan Comploi a few years back. He works with these guys: https://www.gardenaguides.it/en/. Worth a look. I was in the Dolomites in late...
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    I bought a pair of Mantra V Werks last spring. ...

    I bought a pair of Mantra V Werks last spring. Objective was to use it as a day touring ski in the Alps and as a get in shape for the Alps by hiking the resort here in VT. Mounted them on the line...
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    So I went and checked my boots (this year's Zero...

    So I went and checked my boots (this year's Zero G Scout), and found that I was missing 4 screws and the other ones were loose. Yikes! I've only skied in them three times and toured (short tour)...
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    I've gotten accustomed to keeping my beacon in...

    I've gotten accustomed to keeping my beacon in the dedicated slot (with clip) in the rt. front pocket of my OR pants. Since I am a skinny assed guy, I have trouble keeping the pants from wanting to...
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    Wengen will work great for that. You'll have...

    Wengen will work great for that. You'll have more options than you have days even if you never get to the other side of the Eiger/Monch/Jungfrau. Enjoy.
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    I don't have valley based ski touring experience...

    I don't have valley based ski touring experience in the Oberland, but I have been in many of the huts. Usual drill is to access the area via the train from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch. ...
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    Here's what I can offer having owned the siblings...

    Here's what I can offer having owned the siblings of the boots mentioned in your post. I went with a Scarpa F1 and liked it for it's light weight, good touring ability and decent downhill...
  9. Thanks. Very impressive. I have had my alpine...

    Thanks. Very impressive. I have had my alpine boot soles canted (via cantology wedges) by a top US boot guy which takes care of lateral issues, but the fore/aft/delta part always leaves me...
  10. Spyderjon. Please explain how the neutralizer...

    Spyderjon. Please explain how the neutralizer balancer works. I'd like to be able to get an idea of my optimum delta in my touring boots. I am getting new touring bindings this year and would like...
  11. Thanks for the info K-K. I surmised as much. ...

    Thanks for the info K-K. I surmised as much. Need to track down a pair of Xenic's now.
  12. I'm looking at putting a pair of Fritschi Xenic...

    I'm looking at putting a pair of Fritschi Xenic 10's on a pair of Mantra M-Werks 178's as a day tour set up. I've been touring in the alps since the early 80's (yes, I'm that old) and am not tough...
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    Kastle TX98 is a good pick for a good...

    Kastle TX98 is a good pick for a good width/weight/performance combo. Particularly when paired with a 300gm range tech binding. Only a wee bit heavier than the Kastle TX 90.
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    Sticky: The heel screw pattern is different on the...

    The heel screw pattern is different on the Kingpin vs. the Alpinist. Does anyone have a source for an Alpinist template? Touring binging used to come with paper templates but I don’t think they do...
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    Case in point: I spent a week in a non-famous...

    Case in point: I spent a week in a non-famous valley in Italy in mid-March this year, and had some of the best touring imaginable every day. Not crowded at all. Fresh tracks every run down. Stayed...
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    I’ve skied the Haute Route 3x as well as the...

    I’ve skied the Haute Route 3x as well as the Berner Oberland and the Oetztal and a lot of others, Silvretta, Ortler, etc. probably 30+ trips over the years. I loved this trip report and the...
  17. Innsbruck mags -- Musician needed for birthday party

    A flyer to see if anyone in Innsbruck can put me onto a musician (or 2) who can come by a birthday party for a very short set on 23 March (dinner time) at an Innsbruck Hotel. My wife's birthday and...
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    I've been in the Silvretta a couple of times (2...

    I've been in the Silvretta a couple of times (2 weeks total) . Some nice tours and summits. It would be worth about 4 days assuming that you have decent snow/weather and safe conditions. ...
  19. +1 on inbounds resort hiking being okay. I've...

    +1 on inbounds resort hiking being okay. I've got a week long touring trip coming up in the alps. I live in Vermont. How do I prepare? Climb as much as I can as often as I can. I usually do it...
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    +1 on go north

    +1 on go north
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    I've seen that distortion before looking east...

    I've seen that distortion before looking east towards the Whites from the Long Trail. The White Mountains looked like huge flat topped mesas. Very weird.
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    Sugarbush has always been on the wrong side of...

    Sugarbush has always been on the wrong side of this. Would it be too hard for them to have a designated uphill route open during reasonable hours when humans are usually awake that is open to...
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    I'm going into my 3rd year on a pair of TX98's. ...

    I'm going into my 3rd year on a pair of TX98's. I'd agree on the lightweight and versatile parts. Enough side cut and easy flex and tip and tail rocker so they turn without a lot of input but they...
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    My mistake. They do make a wider jawed vise. ...

    My mistake. They do make a wider jawed vise. Never mind.
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    Why doesn't Ski Man just smarten up and do a...

    Why doesn't Ski Man just smarten up and do a redesign so that their vises accommodate wider skis? Nice work on the mods however. Love American ingenuity.
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    Thanks for the info. I have a good boot fitter...

    Thanks for the info. I have a good boot fitter who will measure (laser) to see how much cant I need. I think it's in the 1 -1.5 range. Tognar does have cants which I can cut to fit. I'll go to...
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    Cants under tech bindings?

    Has anyone here done this? I am a bit bowlegged in my touring boots (1 to 1.5 degrees out), Scarpa F1's. I use Cantology cants on my alpine boots which help a lot. This won't fly on the touring...
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    253650 Iceland, May 2018

    253650
    Iceland, May 2018
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    Last year, I moved from a Vipec 12 to a Tecton on...

    Last year, I moved from a Vipec 12 to a Tecton on the same skis and the downhill performance kicked way up. At the same time, I dropped 500+ grams off my boots. Light boots and skis, compromised...
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    I've skied in the original Cochise (which never...

    I've skied in the original Cochise (which never fit me right and didn't ski downhill very well, and was heavy), then the Maestrale RS (not the new one), then the Lange XT Freetour (orange) and wound...
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    Sticky: Added Leki Vertical Extreme 125cm. Non-adjust,...

    Added Leki Vertical Extreme 125cm. Non-adjust, full carbon.
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    There's a scheduled bus from the Zurich airport...

    There's a scheduled bus from the Zurich airport to the Arlberg. Easy to find. Reasonable price. Check out Arlberg Express. I've also made the trip by train and would pick the bus every time....
  33. Touring gear for alpine touring. Alpine gear for...

    Touring gear for alpine touring. Alpine gear for resort skiing. Everything else requires too much compromise.
  34. Good choice on the Kastles. You will be a happy...

    Good choice on the Kastles. You will be a happy skier.
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    A quick trip report on Tectons from a week in...

    A quick trip report on Tectons from a week in Iceland. I did put grease on the brake arms prior to the trip. No odd happenings or breakages during 6 days of touring in moderate temps and a...
  36. I ski them as a touring boot only. Love the...

    I ski them as a touring boot only. Love the boot, the fit, the flex, the weight, the way it tours, and the way it skis. Skiing Kastle TX98's in a 178, works fine. No problem driving the ski. ...
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    I'd say that the OP's buddy does some serious...

    I'd say that the OP's buddy does some serious edge on binding hacking while skinning or skiing to do that kind of damage. That doesn't look like normal wear. Anyone else's Tectons show wear in that...
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    It turns out that I've had every almost iteration...

    It turns out that I've had every almost iteration of the Vipecs starting with year one with a mid-season toe piece switch to the "improved" version. Then the Vipec Black. Now the Tecton. Other...
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    It took me a while to come to my senses. Stiff...

    It took me a while to come to my senses. Stiff alpine boots and race construction (2 layers of metal) alpine skis are the only way to get the most out of your resort skiing. Maybe not fully true in...
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    If you are skiing back to Vigo di Fassa on the...

    If you are skiing back to Vigo di Fassa on the Buffaure piste (main route to the valley on that side), stop at the Soldanella. Excellent home made everything. But as noted above, it's hard to miss...
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    Is anyone using Tectons without the brake? If...

    Is anyone using Tectons without the brake? If so, do you just remove the metal arms and add a leash or is there more to it?
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    I think that the new Salomon SLab does deliver an...

    I think that the new Salomon SLab does deliver an alpine binding that also works as a tech touring binding. Very clever design. My problem is that it's neither fish nor fowl. If I want to ski in a...
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    Anybody have a Tecton tech manual that they'd be...

    Anybody have a Tecton tech manual that they'd be willing to post?
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    Can you run the Tecton without a brake and just...

    Can you run the Tecton without a brake and just go with a strap?
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    Trigger pulled on Tectons from Mtn Gear. I like...

    Trigger pulled on Tectons from Mtn Gear. I like the fact that they will drop into the same holes as my Vipecs. I'll keep the Vipecs around as backup this year in case I run into any issues with the...
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    I've toured on both the Kabookie's and the Ranger...

    I've toured on both the Kabookie's and the Ranger 98. Both are very good in downhill mode but still a bit too heavy on the way up. Current touring go to is the Kastle TX98. Light on the way up and...
  47. I skied on the Kastle TX98 as my touring ski last...

    I skied on the Kastle TX98 as my touring ski last year and give it high marks across the board. Very light. Very easy skiing in all conditions. Good edgehold in hard snow. My guess is that it...
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    If you don't like the way the brakes work, then...

    If you don't like the way the brakes work, then dump them and go with a leash. A lighter option and you won't be digging around for a lost ski.
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    The only sane solution is to combine the Winter...

    The only sane solution is to combine the Winter OR and SIA shows, same time, same place. Both are struggling. They further split the market as they fight each other for exhibitors and attendees....
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    Very happy with the way the boots toured. No,...

    Very happy with the way the boots toured. No, not as much range of motion as the Scarpas, but unless you're doing a lot of traveling on the flats, it doesn't make much difference. Super...
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