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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby drex27 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:31 pm

I know several folks who tour a lot with alpine boots (because they are anal ex-ski racers) and have few issues on the up.


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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby RoanMtnMan » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:49 pm

drex27 wrote:
I know several folks who tour a lot with alpine boots (because they are anal ex-ski racers) and have few issues on the up.


Dang, Caleb! You get nasty when your stuck indoors!


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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby tripvera » Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:28 pm

I toured for a number of years in stiff alpine boots. They were reasonably comfortable touring, but when having to scramble over rocks or do an approach, it was difficult. Walk mode in touring boots are hard to beat, and they are stiff enough these days that I would never consider using alpine boots again.
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby kwhit24 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:54 am

Giving life to an almost 7-year-old thread....

I got some very good information from this thread but I'm wondering is it worth it to uphill ski (either backcountry or at a resort) with just skins on skis non-AT or telemark bindings? Before I drop a few hundred bucks on new bindings or even boots for that matter, I want to make sure it is something I'm truly interested in.

It was really frustrating watching a guy skin up and then ski down Princeton in like 10 min when we still had an hour left (mostly post holing) left to go until the car. Uphill skiing at the resorts for a workout sounds like a fun challenge too.
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby SkaredShtles » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:20 am

Are you asking if you should try skinning uphill in regular alpine boots and regular alpine bindings?

If so...do NOT TRY.

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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby kwhit24 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:00 am

SkaredShtles wrote:Are you asking if you should try skinning uphill in regular alpine boots and regular alpine bindings?

If so...do NOT TRY.

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I was only asking because I don't have an AT set up. I understand it was probably a no-brainer question but personally I don't know anyone who does any touring.

Do resorts rent AT gear?
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:04 am

Well, if you had AT bindings that accept alpine ski boots and skins for the skis, then you could do it, else no.

No AT binding, no uphill
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby SkaredShtles » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:12 am

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Well, if you had AT bindings that accept alpine ski boots and skins for the skis, then you could do it, else no.

No AT binding, no uphill

Wait... we could suggest Alpine Trekkers to them.

Naw - that would just be mean.

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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby mtnfiend » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:32 am

SkaredShtles wrote:Wait... we could suggest Alpine Trekkers to them.

Naw - that would just be mean.

:mrgreen:


I have a friend who still stubbornly refuses to buy touring gear. Plug boots and trekkers are his go to. It's like some hard-man-point-of-pride with him - it's freak'n unbelievable.

kwit24, do your self a favor and buy a used set of touring bindings. You're body will thank you in the long run......
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby SkaredShtles » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:07 am

mtnfiend wrote:<snip>
I have a friend who still stubbornly refuses to buy touring gear. Plug boots and trekkers are his go to. It's like some hard-man-point-of-pride with him - it's freak'n unbelievable.

If he's strong enough to pull it off (and a glutton for that kind of uphill punishment) I can see at least one reason he might do it - despite all the advancements... AT boots *still* suck in comparison to a pair of badass "real" alpine boots.

YMMV.
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:04 pm

mtnfiend wrote:I have a friend who still stubbornly refuses to buy touring gear. Plug boots and trekkers are his go to. It's like some hard-man-point-of-pride with him - it's freak'n unbelievable.

That's retarded. If your going to do it more than a couple of days a year, your crazy not to get the right gear
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Re: Touring in Alpine Boots

Postby mbourget » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:15 pm

SkaredShtles wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:Well, if you had AT bindings that accept alpine ski boots and skins for the skis, then you could do it, else no.

No AT binding, no uphill

Wait... we could suggest Alpine Trekkers to them.

Naw - that would just be mean.

:mrgreen:


I have some Trekkers sitting around in a box just waiting for this type of opportunity. I'm happy to give them away.
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