I hope you are OK with me stealing your answer to my 'When to drop a knee' question and using it as a new topic for my rambling. The way you stated it has really stuck with me. I am now striving to have near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.
We got snow! Light and dry stuff. My car was showing between 18 and 19 degrees leaving work yesterday.
This was the first day I tried out these old (I have no idea when they were made) K2 Heli Stinx with the Riva II bindings mounted directly to the ski using binding freedom inserts.
I waxed from the heel piece to the tip of the ski with Swix Blue Extra V40. This stuff is magic when the weather is right. Its so easy to put on, grips and glides. I love it. I guess this was near the low end of the temperature range but it absolutely did not clump up at all.
I really like this longer (compare to what I was trying to ski) and softer ski. I am also convinced, for the moment, that the toe rocker on my vintage T2's is a good feature. When I stand back on my heels I can see that it un-weights the forward part of the ski where I have kick wax applied. This really seems to help the glide.
I decided the power strap on my boots was doing nothing but getting in the way so I took it off. I expect this old T2 with two buckles and no power strap is pretty close to what a new T4 might be like. At least that is what I tell myself so I don't spend more money on boots. I drove the 7 miles or so to the trail with the T2s on as well. Also a good idea. Plenty of range of motion to drive -- which I needed on the wind-polished ice on the road. It was a lot more fun to just get out and go skiing.
I think I need some different poles to move a little close to 'near perfect continuity'. I have been using my alpine poles. I ordered some ROSSIGNOL XT-700 in a length that puts the top right about at my shoulder. I hope I can tape up some long grips and come up with something workable.
So ... that is more than enough rambling nonsense from me.
Thanks to everyone for all the help and advice.
I have seen several people suggest a powder basket and an adjustable pole. I found that the directional XC basket was a lot easier on the flats.
Mostly I am just curious -- it seems unlikely that I will be touring in deep snow.
I think touring with a big powder basket, even in powder, would cause significant drag. Am I wrong?
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Have you tried skiing in 2 feet of soft snow with those baskets??? Man, that would be such a pain IMO.
SWIX makes large snow baskets with leather webbing. The leather bends the basket so that it does not drag on hard snow. And the large basket actually provides support on soft stuff. This is my view of an ideal bc basket.
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Thank you for you taking the time to explain. I think I understand, now, how the flexible straps keep the basket on top of the snow both while pushing and dragging the pole.