MikeK wrote:Mind going into some detail (picture perhaps) outlining this. Never heard of this before and it sound intriguing.anrothar wrote: I weigh around 210 at 6'3" and am on the 205 Eon. I've been using them with NNNBC Magnums, modified to prevent freezing up, the entire time, but am about to switch them over to AT toe pieces and chopped at boots, which is what I have on the Pellestovas, Sierras and SBounds. At size 49, I've found the sturdeist Rossignol and Alpina boots to be too easily twisted in the forefoot in comparison. The AT toepiece setup, with properly cut down boots, weighs less, turns infinitely better, skates better and k & g's about as well.
Interested in where the Sierra falls in between this and the S98. I find the S98 to be a very good ST ski, mainly due to it's turn and immense grip. The Eon is OK, it just can't get up steep hills as well.anrothar wrote: Singletrack:
They do well as long as it isn't too twisty and doesn't have too many steep climbs where the length is prohibitive. The Sierras are much, much better for singletrack. In fact, I would say they're almost the ideal singletrack ski.
Hopefully my parsing of the quoted text worked....
Luc Mehl has been using the AT toepiece setup far longer than I and explains the pros/cons pretty well.
The only thing I do different is to take a hole saw to either side of the boots where the bellows on a plastic tele boot would be. I also leave the cuff attached, but trim it down as much as possible. After gluing in a gaiter, this allows them to flex in the forefoot like a stiff nnnbc boot, but with most of the torsional stability of an in tact plastic boot. Combined with the completely free pivot, they tour on mellow terrain exceptionally and skate ski as well as any high end skate ski boot. I can even skate the SBound 98's comfortably with this setup if the snow is warm enough or firm enough. I mount the bindings with pivot a hair behind the balance point so that the skis slowly level themselves out when picked up. I'll attach a photo of what my old Scarpa Magics look like modded this way. Currently on Dynafit Mercury.
Regarding singletrack, I find the S98 to be a little too wide if it's been a while since the last snow on a high bike traffic trail. The Sierra behaves nicely in a slightly bowled out tread that often occurs in those situations.