However, I found it hard to choose between 75mm and NTN. My initial plan was to get some used 75mm shoes, bindings and skis as I don't have the opportunities to use the gear every weekend (even if I live in Norway). The reasoning for choosing 75mm was that I do a lot of cross country skiing on my Åsnes Gamme with NNNBC bindings, and would like to do tele turns on those in the end as well. I was told that since NTN is much stiffer and different compared to 75mm it would make it harder to translate the skills to my cross country skiing.
Unfortunately (for me) NTN seems to be the more popular option, while 75mm is fading from the market.
Is it worth trying to find some 75mm gear or should I go for NTN? I would mainlyuse it in the slopes, but hopefully after sometime I could start going more off-piste and perhaps try some longer tours.
What would be suitable beginner shoes, bindings and skis? I have rather broad feet, which makes some of the older Scarpa shoes I have tried rather painful to use after a short time.
Could for example Scott Voodoo be a good option for me?
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Don't worry about the cross-over to tele on your Gammes. That's another bag of wax entirely. If you really want to cross over skills you learn to telemark on light XCD gear or your Gammes and then ski on your heavier set-up. Skills won't transfer down as easy from 75 or NTN to the Gammes.
There is an abundance of 75mm gear on finn.no (Norwegian language):
https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/search. ... 9.3962.254
so you should be able to buy used 75mm telemark gear inexpensively here in Norway.
For wider feet I think older Garmont boots should work fine. On newer boots I think Crispi is the better choice. My Scarpa TX is wider in the forefoot than my (very) old T1s. I believe Scott Voodoo isn't the widest. Others have more knowledge than me on boot fit though.
I'll have a look into both NTN and 75mm, but will probably start with some cheap 75mm gear if I can find something in my area that fits. Good to know that old Garmont/new crispi could fit my feet.
I have Meidjo and TXP.
You can back the tension off for a less active feel.
For flatter tours on the TXP I remove the power strap, one buckle, and the cuff lock. When skinning, undo all buckle except the one at the toe.
You might wish to try the Moonlight binding.
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If you are new to skiing without having your heel held down - haven't telemark skied, or transitioning from alpine skiing - I think there are significant advantages to starting on 75mm.
One of the important techniques to master, I think, is to drive the knee forward on that trailing ski, pressing the shin against the tongue of the boot. A more flexible set up makes it easier to do that, and to hold that position through the turn, initially. When I see people new to the sport who start out on stiff 75mm or NTN set ups, they tend to get the knee down at the start of the turn, but the binding/boot is so stiff that part way through the turn, the trailing knee doesn't stay down / heel doesn't stay up, and the knee just kind of snaps back up into almost a straight leg alpine stance. (Not sure if I explained that well, unfortunately)
One female friend who was a very experienced alpine skier that I took telemark skiing for the first time, knocked it out of the park on 75mm and G3 bindings. Later, on NTN, she was REALLY struggling!
Just standing on the floor, if you want to get into a tele stance, there are 2 ways to easily do it. One is to slide one foot back and the other is to slide one foot forward. It's the sliding one foot forward motion that I'm talking about as that's the motion that results in shin pressure against the tongue of the boot.
For those with experience on 75mm, transitioning to NTN may result in the same reaction, but I think after a very short time - like 2 or 3 runs - those folks figure it out.
Not surprisingly, they already understand the techniques needed, they just have to get used to new gear.