Help Me Build XCD Kit

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Re: Help Me Build XCD Kit

Post by phoenix » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:15 am

No worries, lilcliffy... Ii agree the Alaska's are better suited for a narrower ski. They mate very well with my old skinnies, and I ski them often. Thing is I firmly believe Munsi will be way more pleased with a little bigger set up for where he is, and what he's wanting to do. It's all good. But some things are a little better!

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Re: Help Me Build XCD Kit

Post by jyw5 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:17 pm

I live in Alaska and have been skiing on 169cm s112 with NNN BC bindings and madshus glittertind boots for 3 seasons. it is really slow on flat approaches but not bad on steep terrain. I am 5'8" and 145 lbs. I am going to try try some glide wax on the warmer days which will help. I regularly climb 1000-1500 ft for 1-2 miles which gives u an idea of the slope angles. The approaches in AK are usually very flat and long. Many approaches can be 2 miles with only 500ft gain then steep 2000ft for the last 2 miles. Terrain is highly variable...can start out warm and wet and be boilerplate at the summit.

I just bought the Asnes Falketind 62 with NNN BC and plan to try them on the same slopes.

On very steep terrain of 30+ degrees..I have to kick and step turn. I am not that good at telemark skiing. Just learned how to tele turn last season. I am a very good downhill backcountry skiier...have done multiday hut to hut tours.

Colorado probably has less variability in snow in any given day so these setups would do great but for your weight and height, someone else can maybe comment on a setup that would be equivalent to what I am using and be better for you.

As for the S125, I have a pair with Silvretta bindings that fit my La Sportiva G2 mountaineering boots. People up here use this setup for mountaineering....like climbing Denali. The S125 is a great approach ski for climbing but isn't really suitable for downhill nor kick and glide xc skiing...maybe that's why they discontinued it. (Of course any good skiier can use it but there are way better options for downhill for similar weight and size ski). It has a very narrow application and climbs up very well in long technical terrain (I have taken it up 40+ degree gullies with 40 lb pack).

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Re: Help Me Build XCD Kit

Post by Cannatonic » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:12 pm

I like LC"s idea of staying with light boots like the Alaska (or a little beefier Crispi Antarctic which you can try at Neptune) and getting a lighter/longer pair of skis. I have many years of skiing the stiffest, heaviest highback alpine ski boots in my past life, Lange Pink Panthers, Raichle Flexon Comp, Technica TNT and my favorites, Dachsteins.

But there is really something fun to getting light XCD gear and comfortable boots and heading out on versatile skis like the Ingstad/NATo combat dimension or E99/Gamme. On consolidated snow like spring corn you can make smooth tele turns and ski up & down descents with extremely light, comfortable gear on your feet - it's addicting and a real thrill. I'm thinking of corn season in Colorado which goes on for months.
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