I need to pick your collective expertise for some advice regarding what backcountry touring set-up I should go for. I apologise for the long post! Here’s the low down. Where I’ll be skiing: the Bogong High Plains How I’ll be skiing: Multi-day with a pack. More for the touring than for the turns. That said, it would be nice to drop the pack and head up Spion Kopje and the likes. Weight: I’m about 68kg, pack maybe 15kg at a guess My other setup: Atomic Backland FR 102 with Dynafit Radical 2 ST bindings and Dalbello Sherpa 5/5 boots My experience: I learnt to ski on narrow planks with cable bindings and leather telemark boots in crusty autumn snow in Norway (my god that was learning by fire). However, I am by no means an accomplished telemark skier! I haven’t managed to ski much in the recent years. I swapped to an alpine touring set-up for a ski trip to Japan a couple of years ago. As I already have the atomic backlands, if I want to tour for turns, I am sorted. As for skis, these are what I’m considering, narrowest to widest: Fischer Traverse 78 (78-61-69 mm) Madshus eon (83-62-70mm) Madshus epoch (99-68-84 mm) Fischer SBound 98 (98-69-88 mm) As for bindings/boots, I am torn between a lightweight leather telemark set up and a lightweight AT set-up. If I went AT, this is how it would look: Bindings: Dynafit Speedturn 2.0 Boots: the ones I already have, to save money. But at 3312g the pair, they are not exactly featherlight. Could upgrade to something newer and lighter after a while. If I went tele, this is how it would look: Voile 3pin cable traverse bindings Boots: Andrew Zenith (1952g the pair) – primarily because these seem to be the only ones found in brick and mortar stores in Melbourne? At least at Bogong. So, my main question is: What should I chose?! My other thoughts and questions are: - I am drawn to the telemark set-up in part due to nostalgia, and in part due to the ease of transitions between up and down, especially in rolling terrain. You can easily throw in a telemark turn when you need it. - My extremities get tremendously cold. I wonder whether the point of flexion behind the toes with the telemark set-up would help keep my toes warm? - When I’m tromping around, setting up camp, would I be a lot more comfortable in the leather tele boots? - The Fischer easy skins system seems great, but is it enough to make you buy them over Madshus? - I am drawn to the skinnier skis – the traverse or the eon. However, if I decided on an AT set-up, are they too narrow underfoot to mount the speedturns? - Does it matter that the Speedturn 2.0s don’t allow your boot to go completely flat when in walk mode? Does it become uncomfortable after a long trudge along flat ground? - The voile traverse bindings have a ramped riser. As I understand, it is designed to compensate for the rocker in plastic telemark boots. Is it still comfortable when using leather tele boots? Thanks for your help, and again sorry for the word diarrhoea!