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Old 14-01-08, 10:55 PM   #1
 
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Randonee AT bindings w/downhill boots?

I want to do some backcountry skiing this year I have all mountain skis but I have alpine fixed boots. I don't have any bindings yet but I want randonee bindings so I can go uphill on skis. I have K2 True Luv Women's Skis and some Atomic Women's Ski Boots. Does anybody have any suggestions for bindings I can get? Can I use randonee bindings with these boots for this set up?
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Old 17-01-08, 12:56 PM   #2
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I recently bought a randonee setup to 'test the waters'. I went to the shop with the intention of purchasing an Alpine Trekker which is a device that clamps into your alpine bindings to give them touring ability. I found a used set of touring bindings already mounted on a used pair of skis for about the same price so I bought that instead. When I got home I adjusted them to my alpine boot but it only took about 15 minutes exploring the hills around my house that the alpine boots were just too cumbersome and heavy to enjoy the back country. I was able to find a pair of inexpensive touring boots on craigslist that are fine for now but I am keeping an eye out for a stiffer pair for when I am ready to attack steeper territory.

So the answer to your question is yes, you can use your alpine boots to get started, but you might soon find yourself looking to upgrade. As far as which bindings, there is quite a selection available and the right answer depends on many factors as they range from heavy duty bindings for tackling high altitude drops down to super light bindings designed for multi day use on gentler terrain.
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