Tom M wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:43 pm
The only waxable skis that I have are for groomed trails where aerobic speed is the primary purpose. I'm usually breaking trail, often uphill, in the backcountry, so I prefer waxless skis or skins. Other than the extra noise, waxless skis work fine on the downhill.
This is interesting because I much prefer grip wax to waxkess scales for all of my backcountry touring other than very early winter and full-on spring skiing. I find I get both better grip and glide and I can climb steeper slopes with grip wax than I can with scales.
Here is what I'm currently using for offtrail.
Rolling terrain, speed and efficiency is more important than downhill control
Fischer Traverse, NNNBC Binding, Alfa Skarvet Boots
Though I do have access to a Traverse- my personal pick for this context is an E-99-class ski- my personal favourite being the Asnes Gamme 54 BC. This could be a function of my moisture-rich snow though...
I too, have NNNBC mounted here.
Moderate terrain, good snow conditions, a few fun downhill runs
Fischer SBound 98, Voile 3-pin Cable binding, Rossignol BC X-12 Boots
Again- it may be difference in snow and/or I am heavier than you- I prefer the S-112 over the 98 for this skiing- and I prefer the Annum over both of them. But- my personal pick for this context is the longer, narrower- but more tip-rockered- Asnes Ingstad BC. I use NNNBC binidings and boots.
Mountain terrain, deeper powder or more challenging snow, downhill is the main goal
Voile Objective BC, Voile 3 pin Cable Traverse Binding, Rossignol BC X-12 or Scarpa T2 Boots if challenging snow or terrain
My Asnes Storetind Carbon is my ski for this context- I have the Voile 3-pin hardwire here with primarily a Scarpa T4 boot- though I also use an Alico Ski March boot on this ski. I will be testing a Crispi Lofoten boot on this ski.
(I also use my Altai Kom with the same boot and binding here- but at this time I prefer the Storetind). My preference for the narrower ski here may again be due to my moisture-rich snow...
(The 68mm waist on the Storetind is narrow enough that the most supportive NNNBC boots are actually enough for this downhill ski on good snow conditions. If I ever buy a Asnes Rabb 68, I will be trying it first with NNNBC.)
Steep and Deep Mountain terrain
Voile Hyper V6 BC, Voile Switchback X2 binding, Scarpa T2 Boots
I don't currently have a setup for this context- the closest is my Kom with 3-pin hardwire and T4...
The V6 is the ski I would currently choose though- I would also mount the SBX2 and I would really like to test the T2 vs T4 with this setup. As it is a downhill focused setup the T2 is likely a better choice.