Verskis wrote:First I had the universal binding on the Kar, but I was disappointed in both the xc skiability and the downhill control of those bindings.
Felt the same way with the universal binding on my Hoks.
This winter I have replaced the boots with Scott Excursions and Alico Ski Marches,
There are a number of skiers on this forum with a similar NN spread- though I have the T4 (as does Fisheater) instead of the Excursion.
because the Crispis were too big and the Andrews were too small for me (how fun it is to buy stuff online without getting to try them first
NOT FUN! (Can relate!)
I don't know yet which boot I prefer with the Kar, that might also be dependant on the conditions and the goal of the day ( turns or distance).
This is particularly difficult with a very wide ski isn't it? With narrow to midwidth (to 70mm waist) one can ski about anything with a soft leather boot. BUT- to get enough flotation in deep snow- one needs a very long ski at only 70mm underfoot- a "little" too long for serious downhill skiing in the woods!!
I have always found the Karhu Guide/Madshus Annum to be terrible in anything but fresh, deep, soft snow- I can XCD-ski the Guide with even my Alaskas in deep soft snow- but they are unruly even with my T4s on dense/hard snow.
Sometimes I think that the best would acually be to have two short downhill-oriented XCD skis for skiing in steep dense forests:
one soft and wide for deep soft snow (e.g. Annum/Objective/Tind/XCD GT/S-112, etc.)
one midwidth and moderately stiff (e.g. Nansen/Ingstad/E-109/XCD, etc.)
With both of these skis in a short enough length- one might get away with the same soft leather BC-XCD boot on both skis...
I have two sets of Guides: one 195cm for distance (also have a 195cm Annum with NNNBC); one 175cm for steep terrain- both are only effective in fresh, soft snow.
All of my narrow to midwidth XCD skis are in traditional XC lengths (i.e. 200cm+).
I am thinking at some point I should try a short midwidth ski in steep terrain...
The standard OAC XCD seems to fit steep terrain with a XC boot...
The wider XCD GT would need a heavy Telemark boot if the snow was difficult...
We have had so little snow for 5 years in a row now ( I still hope it is just bad luck and not the new normal) that the wide Kar seems a bit overkill most of the time, and it is quite bad tracking ski on hardpack. That is why I think I might have preferred the XCD.
Well- the Hok is the same- it is a powder ski- virtually useless otherwise.
Sounds like you have a good excuse to get another ski...