Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 32
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670

    WTB: Spring Touring Skis

    I'm in the market for a pair of lightweight spring touring skis for mixed snow conditions, general touring/steep corn skiing in the Rockies...

    Length: around 180
    Width: around 95mm
    With or without decent tech bindings: Dynafits or G3 ions or zeds w/brakes.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    82
    Voile Hyper Vector 177cm mounted with Salomon MTN tech bindings/brakes (296mm BSL +/- 15mm)
    130-96-114
    1285g per ski
    Used a total of 5 runs
    $425 for skis, add $325 for bindings/brakes (I also have a set of new Zeds if you'd prefer those)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Thanks for the invite. I probably should put my budget in here too...

    I'm looking to spend around $600 or so for a full rig- skins would be a bonus.

    Weight-wise, looking for skis around 6 lbs and 1.5 lbs or so for a binding- not an ultra-light rig, but definitely on the light side for long tours.

    Skis I'm interested in:
    Blizzard Zero G-95
    Salomon MTN 95
    Voile Vector

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    JAC
    Posts
    940
    Dynastar Mythic, 184, awesome ski I just got a little crazy with stocking up on them. 435 shipped new

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    in a suite of vigorous disturbances
    Posts
    1,690

    WTB: Spring Touring Skis

    G3 Carbon district 100? In a 190cm

    $125

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Sorry man, I blew out my knee years ago on a pair of Dynastars. For me, that brand is forever cursed.

    Quote Originally Posted by wstdeep View Post
    Dynastar Mythic, 184, awesome ski I just got a little crazy with stocking up on them. 435 shipped new

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Tonics View Post
    G3 Carbon district 100? In a 190cm

    $125

    Thanks, but too fat and too tall.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    438
    177 cm Volkl Amaruq - 127/88/109 (Skis long for a 177 - fully cambered), R=22, weight (measured) = 1414g/ski.

    Drilled 1X for 7tm tele bindings; skied 1.5 days; minty condition. Just no need for this in the quiver and in hindsight there never was. $170 shipped to CO.

    Here's a link to some info - https://www.freeride.com/gear/skis/volkl-amaruq.html - will post or send photos if you're interested.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    60
    I think an 88 mm is a great width for spring ski, especially in Colorado.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Yeah, I've been reading up on the Black Diamond Recon 88s- sounds like a great spring ski... If I could find some Helio 95s for a good price I'd be interested in those too....

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Posts
    40
    Keep an eye on Sierra trading Post... They have had good deals on the Helios all season

    Helio 95 - 173 length for 399

    https://www.sierra.com/black-diamond...prod-prod840RN

    They rotate inventory pretty regularly, so you might get lucky and find a longer set

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Thanks for the heads-up. I'm not in a super hurry to pull the trigger on a new rig but, am keeping an eye out for the right set up. Our season here in the San Juans has been great-with lots of blower pow days in the backcountry.

    Skis in the running:
    2020 Blizzard ZeroG 95
    Black Diamond Helio 95
    BD Recon 88
    Voile Vector or Hyper-Vector
    Salomon MTN 95
    Fischer Transalp 90

    Anything else I should have on my radar for a versatile, light spring touring ski that can handle steeps, variable snow, and is fun/poppy to ski?

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    girdwood
    Posts
    403
    Volkl BMT 94. They don't make it anymore but there's been some used ones floating around from time to time. Wicked versatile, handles pow super well for its width. Does great in variable spring conditions.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    65
    i have dynafit beast 98's in a 177cm with st10 rotations w/ brakes and the pomocos with the dynafit attachment...
    800 plus shipping - prob less than 10 days on em. Saturday they and I go back to Euroland.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    60
    Add the K2 Wayback 88 and 96 to your list. Both great skis. I have the 96 in a 177, slightly shorter than I'd normally ski, and it works great for mountaineering and even pow.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Posts
    40
    IDK if they'll ship em, but the gear room in SLC has a set of super nice Helio 88 178 with Helio 145 bindings for $699. They look like they have been barely used

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Thanks for the tips- I'd probably be happy with a 95 or around an 88. My main touring skis are 108 in the waist. Pros and cons I guess- a 95 waist would be more versatile, an 88 would have better edging for hard snow and steeps...

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Not Brooklyn
    Posts
    6,351
    Quote Originally Posted by bovine View Post
    Thanks for the tips- I'd probably be happy with a 95 or around an 88. My main touring skis are 108 in the waist. Pros and cons I guess- a 95 waist would be more versatile, an 88 would have better edging for hard snow and steeps...
    What are your 108-waisted skis?

    My Zero G 108's are my go-to spring touring skis. They're great on steep hard snow AND mushy exits. I bust out my Zero G 85's for long days or when I'll be making tons of kick turns on steep, hard snow.

    If your main touring skis are solid on firm snow, I'd go skinny and light on the spring skis to have a dedicated tool in the quiver. Otherwise maybe go a bit wider for dealing with spring glop.

    I think edge hold can be more than adequate on wider skis. Ski construction and shape matter more than width (up to a point) when it come to holding an edge on steeps.

    Sent from my Pixel 3a using TGR Forums mobile app

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    60
    Quote Originally Posted by I've seen black diamonds! View Post
    I think edge hold can be more than adequate on wider skis. Ski construction and shape matter more than width (up to a point) when it come to holding an edge on steeps.
    Agreed, I like camber for firm snow performance.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Let 'er buck.
    Posts
    855
    I have exactly what you want. 180 Voile Vectors with Dynafit STs. Problem is, I won't ever sell them. Just wanted to say I highly recommend this ski, light enough that I have done spring/summer mountaineering on them with super long approaches comfortably, wide enough to float powder days reasonably well, and I actually ski patrol on mine because they are pretty stable on hard/variable snow.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Yeah, the Voile Vectors would be a contender- or a pair if the Hypervectors-little lighter and sound just as capable.

    - Just keeping an eye out for a good deal on a pair...



    Quote Originally Posted by hiplainsdrifter View Post
    I have exactly what you want. 180 Voile Vectors with Dynafit STs. Problem is, I won't ever sell them. Just wanted to say I highly recommend this ski, light enough that I have done spring/summer mountaineering on them with super long approaches comfortably, wide enough to float powder days reasonably well, and I actually ski patrol on mine because they are pretty stable on hard/variable snow.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    1,385
    I just had an epiphany about these being spring touring skis and that I don't do spring touring. Price is right. Skied one run.

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/....php?p=5871574

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Thanks for all the replies but, I guess I've grown particular over the years. Money's money and I might have to throw down for new stuff based on what I'm looking for:
    Voile Hypervectors
    Black Diamond Helio 95s
    Black Diamond Helio Recon 88s
    Black Crows Camox

    Based on my target choices, anything else I should be looking at...?

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Ogden
    Posts
    5,772
    Atomic Backland 95's?

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Montrose, CO
    Posts
    670
    Yeah, I'd be interested in a pair of backland 95s for the right price. Atomic makes a great ski.


    Quote Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
    Atomic Backland 95's?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •