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Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by PaulM, Aug 11, 2005.
Who/where has the best range of AT boots (i.e. more than 2 models)?
I think the maybe the silence here means that nowhere in Oz has a good range - you will need to hunt around a few places unless you go OS for them.
Wilderness sports or paddy pallin but paddys new management have not got much this year.
My new garmont adrenalines arrive mon-tue,thanks el diablo.
Telemark -pyrenees has a god selection on close out. Do a very good boot fitting effort on the web but its always a risk. Prices real keen
What is AT?
Yep driving to Jinders to see Bruce later this week prob. Would rather have got the Lowa Strukturas but he doesn't have it seems. Bogong here has a pair of Dynafits (don't work with Naxo's) and that's about it for Australia in AT boots at the moment it seems.
And yes have looked at Telemark Pyranees - $$ are good but don't want to risk it with the boots, esp. where nowhere in Oz you can try on before buy. Skis cheap there too... Don't stock Naxo's interestingly.
I gave up looking in Australia and got a pair of Garmont Adrenalines from the states. I have BIG feet so any Australian shop/importer would have had to order them in as well, which would have resulted in the same kind of risk with sizing. I got lucky with the sizing, and they have worked a treat. They worked great maching up and down the Staircase at Bogong and on the groomers at Hotham.
If you can get what you want here greatbut if you cant Telemark-p went a long way to get the right fit for me, looking at my waking boot sizing downhillboot sizing I even faxed an outline of my foot with a cm rule beside it! They got it spot on and Im real fussy about boots. Good luck
Good info. Have you climbed (alpine) in them? How do they hike?
I have walked in and out of Mt Bogong with them (~8km return of walking via the Staircase). They are a bit heavy and balky, but if you are fit and go by the moto 'pain is weekness leaving the body' then they are great. Skinning up with them was no problem at all and skiing down was great.
I am currently using them with a pair of Silvretta 500's bindings with them.
It is all about compromise.
I bought a set of Scarpa Lasers in 2002 from PP on special $450.00. These are the only boots I use for alpine/resort and backcountry skiing. On a recent Mt Bogong trip I walked up Eskdale Spur then down to/up from Bogong Saddle to Timms Lookout with no problems (probably about 10kms walking)Most important thing is good fit and the other advantage of plastic boots is dry socks - both my friends with more conventional X country boots ended up with wet feet.
I walked up and down the Staircase with them (Mt Bogong), which is about a 1000m of vert before you can start skiing. No problems.
They are on the heavy side, but make up for it in the skiing department. They skin very well, where the weight is not noticed.
I am on the very fit side of things and I am not a weight weenie. It is all about compromise.
Did you change the sole from mountaineering to alpine? Just wondering if I will have to take to the AFD on the front of my free-rides with the 4in grinder or just change the sole?Also looks like pretty agressive tred just wondering if any snow/ice cearing probs before clipping in?
I have only used them with Silvretta 500 bindings, so I am yet to use the alpine sole. I had no problems with snow/ice buildup. Your freerides should not give you any problems. The Garmont website has a picture of that combination.
"This product can only be shipped within Canada."
Been through all this before with MEC. Am actually a member and they used to ship once upon a time. Great if you're IN Canada though.
Black Dome and NMS are best online gear shops that ship international but mainly for climbing gear.
I've just found out that can't get the Naxo bindings I want and they don't know when will become available so all a bit academic anyway! This has been a VERY frustrating process!
I got my boots from these guys.
Thanks for the link - they look good.
Yeah well it's done now! Atomic 04/05 Beta TM:X from Telemark Pyranees. Naxo NX:01's from Barrabes. Saved A$600 not to mention I could actually get them. Prefer to shop local but you gotta wonder... Boots will get locally (Garmont G-Lite thermos) - fitting this arvo.