Forums Bindings Advice on new setup
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  • #785012
    dimi
    9 Posts

    Hey guys,

    Need some advice on taking my setup to the next level. My boots are now running on 7 years and have gotten too sloppy so it’s time to upgrade.

    It consists of a Jones Solution 66 which I love and will keep. Spark Afterburner bindings I like as well. I used to have Split 30s previously and I like the Spark system a lot better, however am open to a totally new system.

    Hardboots (TLT6?) w/ Phantom bindings is probably my best option. I ski on hard boots so I don’t think the transition will be that difficult. I’ve seen what that setup does to touring efficiency so I’m kind of already leaning that way. I don’t really follow what the newest trends so maybe this is not the best setup now???

    I mostly ride in Rogers Pass 60/40 on trees/wide open terrain, and some days in Banff/Jasper as well.

    Thanks in advance,

    D

    #785013
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    That’s still the best setup binding wise. The boots depend on what fits your feet but if you fit in the TLT6s then you know that they work well.

    FWIW, I’m in Dynafit Ones with Phantoms but looking for a boot that fits my foot better.

    #785219
    JMAutio
    58 Posts

    Phantoms are good. the only downside in the wholes system is the Dynafit Superlight toes not accepting crampons on the fly. You have to detach boots to put crampons in.

    #785249
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Don’t get hung up on being able to get the crampons in without stepping out, instead take the time to read the terrain ahead and learn when it’s a good time to stop somewhere comfortable and put the crampons on before you need them.

    I’ve been touring on Dynafit toes for a few years and haven’t been held back by the way the crampons attach. I was able to get the Karakoram Split30 crampons on once without taking my foot out of the binding but it was just to see if I could, after that I always took the binding off. The new Spark T1 system looks similar to the Dynafit system and I’m pretty sure that the older versions required pulling the pin to secure the crampon. At least with the Dynafit toes it’s super quick to pop out and step back in.

    #785894
    dimi
    9 Posts

    Got prior year TLT6s at a great price and Phantoms.

    First day of the year and first day on the setup:
    – Touring is amazing. FYI the dynafit toepice lever can be snapped back to prevent constant popouts. Took me 2 hours to figure that out… after that i was flying. Just dont use that feature when skiing.
    – My legs actually feel great after a day in new hardboots. Pretty surprised to be honest. TLT6s are amazing boots and I’m looking forward to modding them ever so slightly.
    – There is a huge difference in the input response compared to softboots. Initiate a turn and it goes. Very impressed.
    – Skiing down is a lot easier and didn’t require a lockdown.
    – The system ices up big time, wire brush is a must here.
    – Everything was getting loose during the day, although this is to be expected.

    All in all, what a great day. For those on the fence regarding hardboots, the experience lives up to the hype. I’m fully sold.

    #785924
    JMAutio
    58 Posts

    Jason4, Ofcourse I don´t mean it as a deal breaker, but it´s something to know. It seems this can be avoided by choosing different toepieces, which is my main message. Sparks have been “on the fly” since at least when Blaze and Burner were initially brought to market in 2009 or 2010. It´s the original Voile system which require taking of the pin and binding to insert crampons, real pita. I learned to put crampons on and off in the fly with Sparks and it was very convenient. I´d like to to do the same on Dynafits and I´m very surprised it´s not possible on so thought out system and to me it looks like only a really small design change is required on the crampon bracket.

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