Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Good to hear both responses -- sounds like there is enough variation in what each setting can handle that he won't have to be constantly adjusting and will find what works for him. I assume/hope this applies to TTS as well as switchbacks.
basic 3pin bindings weigh less than a pound vs 2-3+ pounds for beefy bindings. You don't need the added weight nor cables for hills. You also get a good amt of stability and driving force from plastic boots vs leather.
I would choose 75mm over tech if you don't plan on steep skiing or technical ascents/descents as the beefy TTS or switchback weights much more and you are wasting time on transitions and fiddling with the bindings/boots...time that can be spent skiing!
I would get the switchbacks for steep skiing in the backcountry or at the resort...saw someone on Voile V6 and switchbacks just killing it down a narrow 1000ft chute earlier this season.
and lastly, its way cheaper to buy and mount light 3pin bindings. If I had good fitting 75mm leather boots, I would never use anything else except for mountaineering and big steep lines.
(fyi, I have a strong bias against heavy setups for day trips and nontechnical routes. I own an AT setup that I only used 4 days in 2020 on 2 big climbs (and never locked down either)...and that setup hasn't left the garage since May 2020...I have skiied alot of vertical and over 150 days since June 2020 on NNN and NNN BC only). So YMMV.
Free pivot does in fact work quite well for K&G on wide waxless skis, maybe better than 3-pins. Pins, in plastic boots create too much forward resistance for optimum K&G, free pivot too little. Which is closer to your ideal is quite subjective.
B&D makes a TTS type adapter that is intended for light use, might be the '3-pin of Tech'. Scroll to bottom of page:
Disclosure- I've never used a TTS system of any kind.
For true meadow skipping a 3 pin with no cables is great. I only get frustrated with it when things are steep enough to both feel hard resistance on the ups, and scary for control on the down. I did a skimo race with my objectives (3pin no cables) and was fast enough on the ups, but had a couple of dangerous falls on the steep icy descents.
I haven’t yet tried to ski just at pins downhill yet, but soon. I’m about to put AT bindings on some waxless ingstads, F1 race boots, no tts. So I don’t have useful feedback yet.
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So- you mean a tech toe- Telemark boot with tech inserts- and no resistance of any kind (i.e. cable, flexor, etc.)?
For downhill skiing?
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Yep. My hope (hope...) is that if it’s low angle enough to not need skins then I can skip transitions entirely and just use at pins. If it’s steep, I lock the heels when I rip skins.lilcliffy wrote: ↑Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:05 amSo- you mean a tech toe- Telemark boot with tech inserts- and no resistance of any kind (i.e. cable, flexor, etc.)?
For downhill skiing?
Honestly... I have no idea how well this will all work. I know splitboarders who will kind of hack-tele rollers instead of transitioning and that’s the closest I’ve really got. My goals are kind of narrow though... light weight (boots, bindings, skis are under 5kg all together) good flat efficiency, and stability in occasional sections of 40-45deg slopes. I’ll be sure to report when I get some time on it. It might be terrible!