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Question Getting Kitted Up

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by DidSurfNowSki, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bling. Bling



    Now just need some boots :)
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Still in their condoms.

    Reminds me, I must unpack my new boards.
     
  3. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good lad. Glad you went with my original suggestion.
     
  4. Team Weasel

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    What's in stock there? Some places in Australia stock relics in the AT boot department. Not long ago there were TLT4s for sale down Melbourne way...
     
  5. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Funny you should mention that, at Rhythm...

     
  6. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did you get the Moonlight - Northern Light ?
     
  7. Team Weasel

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    Best boots there are on the top shelf - Mtn Lab if you don't mind the extra weight and like going fast on the way down. Backland for more balanced performance between up and down.
     
  8. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Enjoy the snap, crackle and pop of the virgin flex.

    Whe I was at Alpsport my favourite job was giving each ski its virgin flex so none of the customers were scared off by the snap, crackle pop sound.
     
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  9. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Kletterer, you are banned from my place ! ;)
     
  10. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    He is not kidding bro. My Hagans cracked like a mofo.
     
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  11. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep.
     
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  12. Untele-whippet

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    You’re looking a Tele boots!
    Need a beard bro!
     
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  13. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    As I’ve said before, he hasn’t earned the beard yet
     
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  14. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can tell, because they are heavier, and twice the price.
     
  15. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hes gonna huff and puff up to the Rams North and when he gets his first glimpse over the top , down the L Barrel and Corrie entrance his world will change.
     
  16. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    To quote the article:

    The Atomic Hawx tours like an average touring boot, and skis downhill like the best around. The TLT 7 skis downhill like an average touring boot, and tours like the best around. You have great choices right now. Our editorial team can't decide. Both of these top scorers are excellent products, with different balances of essential criteria.
    If you shoved both of these boots in front of me I'd pick the most comfy one.
    Putting aside comfort, does uphill performance rule over downhill performance ?
     
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  17. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    My mate Andrew is buying some of those Hawxs.
     
  18. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Which ever way you look at it a backcountry day is an endurance day in essence. A boot that holds you back on the up is more of a hassle than a boot that taxes you a little on the down.
     
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  19. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, or to elaborate the 1st rule of BC is light is right. And 95% of your time is climbing or on tour.
     
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  20. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends on what you want to do. If your goal is to ski like you do in the resort and skinning for those turns is just a means to an end you'll probably enjoy a heavier boot. If however any part of your enthusiasm for BC is just being in the Snowy Mountains (i.e. getting away from all of the people so you can properly enjoy the environment) go lighter.
     
  21. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well the gear I've got so far is ridiculously light :rolleyes:
     
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    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    naa.

    Blizzard Zero G race 690g
    Pierre Gignoux RC1 binding 66g
    La Sportiva Stratos Hi-Cube boot 750g

    Thats 1506 a foot, not much more than one of your skis.

    Blizzard ZeroG 95 ski 1345g
     
  23. Team Weasel

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    I got the scales out and can get as low as 1745g per foot :thumbs:
     
  24. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    One of the cool bearded tele skiers said I needed a 'puffy'.



    I hope that's what he meant.
     
  25. telecrag

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    Did they say Dutch Puffy?
     
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  26. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ubi may get Team Bears some corporate wear.....I was thinking scarves to keep their heads warm on Chainsaw expeditions....perhaps with Team Bears
    Logo should the Parks Staff ask for identification!!
     
  27. Moondog55

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    It's not just about the ski/boot/binding combination tho.
    BC touring [ even for a day] also needs some other basic lightweight gear, or even UL gear if it's for emergency use only. Small pack but bigger than you need for Yo-Yo skiing, bivvy bag, snow shovel, small stove & dixie or a Thermos, decent storm clothing not just a LW set of wind proofs and enough extra clothing to survive a night out if you do happen to get stuck. I'm wanting more "puffy" than in the picture above or at least 2 of those UL layers. Even robust gear has been known to break and that can be a problem if you were even 2 klicks from shelter and the weather breaks at the same time as your gear
     
  28. DidSurfNowSki

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    I'll need a hat yeah ?

     
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  29. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its touring, not pig farming.
     
  30. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't I need a silly hat ?
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes you do.

    PS not silly, effective. Skin cancer is spooky & not good.
     
  32. Untele-whippet

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    Unsilly, sensible and oo la la!
     
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    Pith helmet for the win
     
  34. zac150

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    He is off the back country trip if he turns up with that.....
     
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  35. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unless he hedges his bets and brings us good wine for redemption.
     
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  36. DidSurfNowSki

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    There are wine connoisseurs and wine consumers. I'm in the latter camp ;)
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was going to say, I don’t like our chances, @DidSurfNowSki confirmed them. Maybe we just take good wine and share and he can carry his own.
     
  38. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. Surprise back up goonsack at just the right time ( when we run out of the good stuff) can work. Oh and i am in charge of the fireplace ;)
     
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  39. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I like the switcheroo goonsack, yeah yeah where drinking the one one the table, meanwhile we top up from the hidden sack in the pack.

    You know the rules on fire places, if the metal isn’t glowing white, it isn’t hot enough.
     
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  40. DidSurfNowSki

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    I also need some ski straps. For the BC which size is better:
    • 350
    • 400
    • 500
    • 650 ?
     
  41. Slowman

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    I have them in lengths of about 500 to 600mm. The longer ones are more versatile as you can also use them for first aid purposes, cobbling a rescue sled together and putting goonsacks up high in a tree to keep them safe from thirsty telemarkers.
     
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  42. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm half committing. I've had great results with the Atomic Waymaker Carbon 110's that Alpsport fitted me with as downhill boots, and there are still Waymaker Tour 110's available in the same size shell. At 1780g per boot, I acknowledge that they're not the lightest touring boots out there, but they're still a handy 370g per boot lighter than the downhill version. And at about $350 delivered, they're a low cost entree to pin compatibility. If the bug really bites, I'll check some of the lighter boots out. I've found that I can be all day comfortable in a 103 last, boot volume and shape seem to be more critical attributes.

    Skis and bindings will be on the way soon too. There have been some cracking deals on offer in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

    Just mounting and skins to sort now.

    Oh, and a silly hat...
     
  43. skifree

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    Full tech on the bindings.

    Remember the 1st rule of BC skiing, Light is Right.
     
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  44. Kletterer

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    Carruthers waits for you. Corn into November this year.
     
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    Bling bling!



    Boots are still in transit. I need to organise skins still. Probably going to be tied up at home for the next fortnight or so, hope to be able to get away for a day tour or 2 after that.
     
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