I found that skinning with the front throw off but elastic still on, which gave a small amount of resistance not noticed....until I removed it and was completely free.
With 3 pins v 2 pins, you may not be any less slow on a short climb, but over distance the extra effort will tire your legs. And yes, a long descent in Tele stance is a real thigh burner.
So why tele if it always slower, so I can come last with style! or first Telemo!!
Sorry to hear you have gone to the ‘dark side’, though if you are mixing with the big boys I can understand.
As for my somewhat more sedate racing...last Scottish Skimo on Sunday. This time a pretty serious course at the Nevis Range, it looks over to Ben Nevis, magnificent views from the summit. This time we dropped into the Back Corries, an off piste route, would be a Black. Worried that it would be too serious for me and the Telemo skis, I checked it out with my ScottyBobs the day before, thick mist, so you could not see the drop, so no worries!
Telemo skis now have a spring added, so had to test them before hand, lucky I did as found the carbon plates all cracked, so no go. Did do the race on the ScottyBobs, and with 1.6kg extra per foot, did surprisingly well, for me, as I beat 5 younger competitors on lighter kit.
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I ended up at place nine with my 8 laps, the winner did 14 laps - but he is also a previous world cup cross-country skier and I also think he has been a national champion. Good work by you making that position with your reserve gear, and don't give up your binding - I think you are onto something there!
The pivot is 95mm back from the pins and 35mm below. The pivot can move upwards about 40mm.
It has the light extension springs, 60mm long, 12mm added previously.
Weight, with screws, heel, leashes = 490g. No doubt a bit of careful engineering could shave a bit off this. The front throw does add weight, but I do like the ease of use.
Carpet testing against my HH-TT (Hammerhead Tech Toe) is was similar though softer flexing. It had a short outing in the hills not far from Edinburgh, less snow than I had hoped for, and what was there was neve, though not too hard, though not natural tele territory. From the rather too few turns I got, it is an improvement, a good even flex with a large range, with pressure from the start. As I said before, very much like an improved 3 pin binding. Hopefully get it out for a long tour whilst the snow lasts. For a more gentle tour, it is a joy to climbing with a 1260g ski+binding and a 1060g boot, and is still fun coming down. Also far more effort to skate.
In all, I am now happy that I have achieved what I set out to, a light easy to use binding for touring and the occasional Skimo race.
Could a race profile or format be devised that would favour XCD/ telemark over AT? Or would this just be a XC race?
Finally, for those who haven't experienced it, Scottish skiing is magic- frustrating but magic- on a good day you can see the Isle of Skye fromNevis Range. Usually, however, I prefer the mountains of the east of Scotland (Aberdeenshire for the rowie baker) for skiing - not quite so rugged but better snow cover (usually ). They've had plenty this year but it's not aLWAYS SO.
Regarding creating races where telemark gear can be competetive with AT, the advantage tele gear has over AT gear is rolling terrain and perhaps shorter flat sections with skating. The disadvantage tele gear has is either on the downhill or on the uphill depending on the gear. The 3-pin/T4 combo I have used is more or less as fast as my AT race gear on the uphill, but I loose time, and more important energy on the downhill. Long descent on 3-pins with low boots will exhaust your legs severly, Telemarkers rest their legs when going uphill, AT racers rests their legs going downhill. Sturdy boots and active bindings will fix the tele downhill exhaustion, but then you will suffer on the uphill.
With that said, I think it is important to emphesize that the difference between light tele gear (3-pins and low boots) and AT race gear is way smaller than most people think. Unless you are world cup class skier (that can push the gear to the limits each stride) the difference is only a few percent in time/speed.
My advice is to test skimo racing, it is really fun even if you don´t end up at the podium. You will get great exercise and you will learn skills like fast transitions that will really improve your backcountry touring.