- XCD KNIGHT
- Posts: 1393
- Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
- Location: New Hampshire
- Ski style: Bumps, trees, and steeps and long woodsy XC tours
- Favorite Skis: DH: Voile Objective and V6, Altai KOMs, XC: Gamme 54, Classy Woodies
- Favorite boots: T4, Alaska
- Occupation: Retro Rager-grouch
I'm happy with my cables on my plastic boots (which I use with my KOM's) and I'm happy with my cables on leathers on my other skinnier skis.
The 162cm KOM is a SKI, not a ski-shoe, skiboard, whatever you want to call the HOK's (which are excellent in their own right). It will be way different. If you are super concerned about stuffing them, the 174 is available.
Lots of great experienced advice on this entire thread with different opinions, all good.
- XCD Enthusiast
- Posts: 5
- Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:54 am
- Location: Edmonton/Calgary, Alberta
- Ski style: All of it
- Favorite Skis: To many to mention
- Favorite boots: Scarpa and Aplina
Let’s us know how it works out for you later in the season.yoyoing wrote:Thank you all for your suggestions!
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If anyone's still out there... Any chance you can tell me what the deal is with binding risers and whether they'd be well suited to the Koms or not?
FYI, I'm taking everyone's advice to go with the 162s and voile hardwires (when I finally see some!) so I just need to figure out the best way to mount these bindings.
Guess I'm thinking back to lofi's rig, since he had them mounted flush.
I may also have a line on some crb's but I'm thinking that I would want to ditch the baseplates in that case to lighten things up...
Also, the 3-pin cable is almost half the price of the hardwire. By the way, on the Altai website, the 3-pin cable seems to be the preferred binding for the Kom.
https://us-store.altaiskis.com/product/ ... rettyPhoto
The following is an excerpt from their Kom ski info pdf (which can be found on the main Kom ski page):
KŌM SKI INFORMATION
MOUNTING –We recommend mounting the Kōm with a 3 pin or 3 pin cable (or equivalent telemark binding). AT bindings are also an option for use on the Kōms
Most telemark bindings use the imaginary pin line as a reference for mounting. Our measurements are based on this pinline. All measurements are straightline from the tail of the ski to the pin line. 150 Kōm - 78.5 cm 162 Kōm - 86 cm 174 Kōm - 92.3 cm
The old standard of balance point (xc skis) and more recently, cord center, is NOT recommended. The Kōms are designed to be slightly forward mounted to improve their balance and swing weight, as well as to break trail in deeper snow with more even ski penetration.
If you need boot center for mounting (as with AT bindings), boot center can be found by measuring your boot from toe to heel (minus the duckbill). Measure ½ of this distance back from the pin line to your boot center mark.
Due to the little early surprise of a few days with 8"+ of snow on the ground in early November (unusual for Western NY) I had a chance to take them out once already. I hit up one of my regular spots and I was able to smoothly ski stuff that I really struggled with before, first time out for the year. I'm very happy with the choice for that reason.
That being said, you aren't going to keep up with the skinsuit crowd on these things. I would say they are 30% better downhill and 15% worse at going in a straight line for K&G than my BC125s which were not exactly race skis. Your mileage may vary and I only skied them twice so my opinion might change...
In any case I think the Koms are awesome! I struggled with choosing between them and the Ultravector BCs and again it came down to what I really am going to use them for.
- Nitram Tocrut
- XCD Pinhead
- Posts: 113
- Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:50 pm
- Location: Quebec, Canada
- Ski style: "Doorstep" backcountry skiing and groomed trails
- Favorite Skis: Asnes Ingstad, Europa 99 and Salomon Equipe 8
- Favorite boots: Alpina Alaska 75 mm
- Occupation: Organic vegetable grower and many other things!
I wonder if TTalk is not run by skis company and do all this posting so that we buy, buy and buy until our money dry...
I should especially stop reading this thread as the Kom’s seems to be the ski I need to ski my backyard forest...