I ski backcountry 100% nowadays. I started on 3pins and stuck with them, though updated to Voille 3pin cables. Current skis are Fischer 89s (quiver of 1, with Volkl powder skis mounted with Switchback Xs collecting dust - not that good for touring IMO). Depending on the terrain, I have some worn-out Asolo leathers and old Crispi T3s. With the Crispis, I rarely use the cables anymore but a good option to stuff in your pack. I like the support of the Crispis and can loosen up the 2-buckle boot for comfort. (they don't make them anymore).
Have fun out there.
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Canna,a backfoot hockey stop is when you hockey stop in the tele position. You really try to pressure the back foot. It is really just a way to practice pressuring the back foot while maintaining balance.
If you have your start alpine skiing you already know how to pressure the downhill ski. Back foot hockey stops help develop dynamic back foot feel.
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I've flexed the bellows of a few T2eco boots over the last few years, and they are STIFF! I can't see how those boots would work for touring with a 3-pin binding. The bellows is so stiff that it would take too much work to get a kick-and-glide going. Not worth the effort, IMO.
I ski a pair of Crispi CXP, which are very similar to T2eco. I have a pair of Madshus Annum that I use with those boots and Voile Switchback bindings (with free-pivot, like AT). I couldn't imagine bending their stiff bellows hundreds or thousands of times a day. Ouch. Too much work.
I had a pair of Crispi CXT, which was their "touring" 2-buckle version of the CXP. Stupid design. Its bellows are just as stiff as the ones on the CXP. The only real difference is that the CXT is shorter and has one less buckle. Like I said. Stupid design. Discontinued long ago.
If you had a pair of softer-flexing boots like Scott Excursion or Scarpa T4, I think those would work pretty well with 3-pin bindings (like Voile HD Mountaineer or 3-Pin Traverse) and Madshus Annum or Fischer SBound 112 skis.
I love my Madshus Annum skis in soft snow. I take them on long trips wandering aimlessly in tight Northeastern woods, hunting for a few turns here and there. I like soft snow, and here where I live, the resorts are tracked out within minutes after a storm. So I go a-wanderin'...
Another fun setup is something like heavy-ish leather boots like Crispi Svartisen or Alpina Alaska, 3-pin bindings, and a fairly wide ski like Fischer Excursion 88 (about 68mm in the waist). I ski something like that with old Fisher Rebound skis, and I love those too. That's more for lower angle terrain than the Annum setup.
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