Alpine Touring Gear Guide: Everything You Need In The Backcountry | Conscious Connection (2023)

Dad always used to tell us that the best therapy was to “get your heart rate up while moving through the mountains”. For a child that sentiment fell upon deaf ears as we all knew the real reason to go in the mountains is to throw rocks in puddles and streams. Years have now passed, and sadly enough I throw less and less rocks into fewer puddles, even though I seem to spend more and more time moving through the hills.

What is it exactly about the mountains that draws us in? Across the globe native civilizations have believed for centuries that mountains are home to powerful spirits and deities. Is it a quest to be closer to these spirits? Or are we carrying on the tradition of early explorers, a mentality of conquering and staking our claim? I think the answer lies somewhere in between. Just as the ocean calls to sailors and surfers, there is something about the craggy peaks and snow covered trees that beg to be explored. Gone are the days of leather boots and wool mittens – wet toes and frostbitten noses. No, we are no longer intruding upon the mountains and surviving – we are thriving, filling up our souls on crisp air and carefully selected pow runs. No peak is too far, no backcountry jump too big to build. The long 2×4’s of yesterday have been shaped into rockered underfoot art.

The heavy coats and stiff boots have moved over for micro puffs and tech bindings. It’s easier than ever to step outside the boundaries and go find whatever you’re looking for, because we want more than the resort has to offer, and what better way to get there than your own two feet. The backcountry is a place for everyone (well everyone with proper avalanche equipment and knowledge on how to use it) and what a great place it is to be.

A first timer can share the skin track with a 30 year veteran, a park rat and a ski mo racer can look at the same slope and find the line that makes them “yeewwww” with stoke. That’s what draws us in I think. Our differences get erased by the simple pleasure of sliding on snow, and the freedom of the mountains. Walking along a ridge, turning new corners, whether it’s your backyard mountains or halfway across the globe, it feels good to know that the fate of your happiness is only as far away as the nearest trailhead. Happy touring!

John Collinson

CONSCIOUS CONNECTION GEAR PICKS

With Spring skiing upon us and many resorts shut down due to COVID-19, there’s no better time to get into Alpine Ski Touring (AT). It’s a great way to get out in nature and enjoy the rest of this year’s season. In addition to less crowds, you get the added benefit of exercise going uphill and a more intimate connection with nature (not to mention all the powder to yourself). Here’s everything you’ll need to get going with ski touring and our top picks for this year’s gear.

Your outer layer is perhaps the most important since it’s your first line of defense against the elements. We wanted an outer layer that provided breathability for the way up, but also sufficient warmth on the way down. Versatility was also important so that we could use in a variety of conditions — whether snow filled resort days, sunny backcountry touring or anything in between.

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We opted for the Rush IS Men’s Jacket from Arc’teryx with an added thin layer of internal insulation. The jacket comes equipped with GORE-TEX waterproof protection and Octa® Loft breathable insulation for warmth on cold backcountry ski and snowboard tours. It kept us sufficiently warm on long snow-filled downhill days, but was also light enough to use for uphill sunshine touring. The helmet compatible StormHood™ gives full coverage and maintains peripheral vision, a powder skirt helps seal out snow, and articulated patterning provides great freedom of movement. The pockets are also simple and smart and their WaterTight™ zippers won’t accumulate snow for those powder-rich days in backcountry.

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The Sabre AR Pant—designed for big mountain freeride touring— was our choice for a waterproof, breathable and hard wearing pant. We appreciated how well it handled the rigors of on area descents and off piste exploration, such as the double side zips that open wide for rapid ventilation. Storm protection and warmth come from the N80p-X GORE-TEX 3L fabric with 3L lo-loft soft shell construction. The material’s brushed liner provides light insulation and a flannel like feel. Durable 100D Cordura® PowderCuffs™ seal out snow and fit under snowboard highbacks, and Keprotec™ instep patches prevent abrasion and ski cuts. Integrated Slide’n Loc™ attachments link with compatible jackets to create a unified clothing system that moves with the body and helps seal out snow.

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Picture Organics is a sustainable brand that specializes in high performance. A certified B-Corp, Picture Organics has committed to several pillars of sustainability including the use of recycled + organic materials, supply chain transparency and sustainable production processes.

Developed in their LAB research department, the Haakon Jacket is born from some of their latest innovations. Featuring hybrid body-mapping construction and strategically-placed performance materials where we needed them most, this jacket was designed with dual-density fabrics: a patented knit construction under the arms and along the body for maximum breathability and stretch, and woven fabrics on the shoulders, back, and front torso for high abrasion resistance.

The 2-layers Haakon Jacket features DRYPLAY 20K/20K PFC-free waterproof-breathable membrane for maximum temperature regulation and fully-taped seams to keep moisture out. For even greater protection, it includes adjustable cuffs with integrated wrist gaiters, as well as a two-way adjustable hood for a perfect fit around and over your head. The ultimate in temperature regulation and freedom of movement.

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The Haakon Bib is the ultimate freeride bib. It’s a 2-layer, lightweight, and functional bib pant that provides full protection on any line you choose to ride. The removable bib and adjustable suspenders make it extremely versatile whatever the terrain and however hard you choose to play. Its recyclable DRYPLAY 20K/20K PFC-free membrane and thighs zippered vents provide targeted and extremely efficient temperature regulation, fully-taped seams and waterproof YKK zippers keep moisture out. The always-practical I-Fit System allows you to roll up your cuffs after a great day on snow. The Regular Fit makes it a timeless classic.

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This Hestra Fält Guide Glove is named after one of Sweden’s leading survival experts, Lars Fält, who was also involved in the development of the glove. This hyper durable glove is made entirely of leather with removable wool terry cloth/wool pile liner and can also be combined with other liners. We love this glove for multi-day tours but also for long days on the resort. We also used these gloves heli-skiing at Silverton and they were more than up to the challenge.

The Hestra Patrol is the female version of Hestra’s popular Army Leather Patrol. It’s a warm and durable glove ideal for resort or backcountry skiing. The glove features Army Goat Leather in palm and HESTRA Dobby Polyester Melange fabric on backhand. The removable polyester lining is made with G-loft insulation, making the liner easy to take out to dry or wash. The Neoprene cuff around the wrist with Velcro closure and handcuffs makes this glove our prime choice for alpine ski touring.

When it came to selecting ski touring gear, we wanted the benefit of lightweight versatility and performance. The following selection of brands and items was carefully curated and tested in a variety of mountain conditions — everything from a 12-mile plus backcountry tour to fast groomers, powder days and even heli-skiing.

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When it comes to ski touring boots, the right fit is everything. It’s important to have a good balance of both comfort and performance for long hikes up and shredding the pow on the way down. We wanted a boot that was super light weight with enough flex for going up, without sacrificing performance going down.

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The SCOTT Cosmos III blends lightweight agility with skiing performance for the demanding conditions of high-mountain ski-touring. Their POWERLITE technology gives the skier easy mobility of the cuff for climbing and solid support for turns. The Rear Hook Walk System is simple, strong, and dependable, delivering powerful energy transfer for skiing with a high range of walking mobility.

The boots are fully thermoformable as well, ensuring a completely customized fit to your feet. We also added our own heel insert for a little extra cushion on the bottom. The boots perform well in a variety of conditions and hold up great on the way down as well as the way up. We also used them extensively in resort skiing without any noticeable impact on downhill speed performance.

DPS Skis are known for innovation and performance in a variety of mountain conditions and environments. We had the opportunity to try out their new Pagoda Tour 2020-2021 line. We wanted a ski that was light enough for long uphills tours and steep hikes, but also versatile enough to perform well in a variety of mountain conditions. We tested them out on a 12-mile ski tour to Blue Lake Hut in the San Juans, at Telluride Resort and heli-skiing at Silverton Mountain. The result was nothing short of amazing.

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We pushed these skis to the limit and experienced a level of downhill performance that we haven’t seen before in a ski this light. The key to Pagoda Tour’s performance is both in the choice of materials and how they are layered. By mating DPS’ proprietary new carbon laminate with a combination of ash and paulownia woods, and a purpose-built aerospace grade foam – that features incredible physical properties at minimal weight – a special alchemy emerges. The result is a distinct combination of power, energy, and dampness that rivals front-side oriented skis at classic touring weights. DPS will offer these for sale mid July during their Dreamtime sales event.

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We had our DPS skis outfitted with Dynafit ST Radical touring bindings — the resurrection of their first Radical ST. We enjoyed these bindings for their easier handling and increased safety in addition to the serious light weight. Now offered in different colors and significantly lighter than ever.

For poles we loved the adjustable DPS Nori Pole, with sweet upgrades, including the Powerlock 3.0 locking mechanism for ultimate in-motion security, a new protective lower aluminum sleeve that coats the carbon lower arm, and new pole artwork.

You’ll also need a pair of climbing skins on your skis for the trek uphill. Our choice was the Climb Pro S-Glide from DPS for $209.96. These skins feature the latest technology and are designed for experienced ski tourers and amateur competitors.Made with 70% mohair and 30% nylon, they’re mixed structure skin is ideal for multi-day expeditions, offering extra performance and gliding qualities. We found them to be one of the best gliding mix skins we’ve experienced with excellent gliding performance, good traction and the utmost resistance.

If you’re looking to do a multi-day ski tour, then you’re gonna need a backpack to carry all your gear. This includes food/drink, a sleeping bag, avalanche kit and extra clothing. Our choice for a multi-day hut tour was the Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 backpack. With gear capacity for most 4-7 day trips, the Bora AR 63 leverages hybrid materials and advanced hipbelt technology. The RotoGlide™ hipbelt rotates side-to-side and glides up and down for a more natural stride that reduces chafing and improves balance. We also loved the GridLock™ shoulder straps which adjust both in width and height for a precision fit. The pack body made in 420d and 630d durable nylon fabrics are capped with weatherproof AC² fabric in areas exposed to rain or snow.

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Avalanche safety is paramount in the backcountry. In addition to the right gear, you should be trained in avalanche safety protocols. Avalanche.org offers some great introductory courses as do many local guide shops. When touring or skiing in the backcountry, remember the basics: look for cracked snow to indicate an avalanche, ski downhill on a 45 degree angle away from any avalanche and tread water if caught in one while using your elbow to create an air pocket over your mouth.

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You also have to know how to use your avalanche safety gear. This consists of an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. Black Diamond provides a complete collection of avalanche safety essentials for the everyday backcountry traveler, this package features durable, lightweight and easy-to-use tools that are ideal for anytime you venture into backcountry terrain. Our choice was the Black Diamond Recon BT Avy Safety Kit which comes with everything you need for basic avalanche safety.

If you’re not quite ready to invest in all the ski touring gear, then we recommend renting first. Our belief is that once you do, you’ll be hooked. So be sure to come back and reference this guide once you’ve been bitten by the ski touring bug.

One of our favorite spots for ski touring is in the San Juan Mountain range in southwestern Colorado. The San Juan Mountains are high and rugged with lot’s of national park forest and opportunities for alpine ski touring. For your first tour, we recommend renting with the team over at Ridgway Adventure Sports. Their fully equipped adventure sports shop is conveniently located in Ridgway which is only a short drive from Montrose airport and the San Juan Mountain range.

We recommend their AT Ski Rental Package which includes skis, skins, boots and poles for $70 per day with 25% off 3 days or more and 35% off 7 days or more. Owners Amanda and Andy will get you setup with everything you need and work with you to find gear that’s perfect what you need. They also have a fully stocked gear shop with adventure supplies for backcountry touring, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and more.

We used this opportunity to test out the DPS Wailer 106 Tour skis as well as a few pairs of boots. Take our advice and go with a slightly bigger sized boot if necessary or risk bad blisters on your way up. We had to switch our boots out mid-trip after opting to first go with a tighter size.

There truly is no better time to get outside and experience nature. With the right gear and equipment, alpine ski touring is a great way to spend time in the mountains. There a variety of locations across the US and abroad ideal for ski touring. Our advice is to find a spot that works for you, research the trails and talk to local guides before venturing out. Be sure to follow guidance from local avalanche authorities and most importantly, have fun out there!

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FAQs

Do I need special boots for alpine touring bindings? ›

They require tech-specific boots or boots with inserts that feature molded toes and heels with slots in order to lock into the binding. Frame bindings are like traditional downhill ski bindings, but they have a rail that lifts away from your skis when in touring mode.

Can you use alpine touring skis for resort? ›

Absolutely! In the last few years a lot has happened and our touring skis work very well on the slopes. Although you should adjust your speed in icy conditions, our touring skis basically react similar to alpine skis. This means that you don't have to adapt off-piste and you can simply keep your usual riding technique.

What is the difference between alpine and alpine touring? ›

The biggest difference to the regular alpine ski binding is the additional hiking function of the alpine touring binding. It can be unlocked for the ascent and locked for the descent and is a basic requirement for doing larger “steps” when walking.

What is too heavy for a touring ski? ›

(1) Skis that weigh less than 1400 grams per ski in a ~185 cm length are almost always going to feel very light and twitchy. For everyday ski touring or ski mountaineering, I like to stay above 1400 grams for my skis.

Do you need walk mode for ski touring? ›

Touring or cross-country skiers are more likely to need walk mode or 'touring' or 'hike' mode for their boots. This enables these skiers to effectively travel across the snow in the easiest way without being restricted by their boots during certain touring activities.

Can you use normal ski boots for backcountry? ›

Your boots will need hike/ski modes and tech binding compatibility in order to go backcountry skiing. Choosing and fitting a good pair of boots is one of the most important steps in getting a proper backcountry touring set up, so take your time and make sure that your boots will work with your binding set up!

Can you use regular ski boots for alpine touring? ›

You do need specialized boots for ski touring typically. There are touring bindings which allow you to use alpine ski boots. However, there are numerous disadvantages that alpine boots have compared to touring boots.

Is alpine touring the same as backcountry? ›

Alpine Touring

This is a style of backcountry skiing that's sometimes called AT for short or by the French word, randonnée.

Can you use touring bindings for downhill? ›

Alpine touring bindings (also known as "AT bindings" or "Randonnée bindings" if you're feeling continental) allow you to lift your heels naturally while skinning uphill, then lock your boots down and use regular alpine skiing technique when you want to go downhill.

Can you use alpine touring skis for cross-country? ›

Alpine touring (AT) skis are a blend between cross-country and downhill skis. There is no camber. They are able to form a nice full rockered edge that will perform a turn like on a downhill ski.

Should ski boots be heavy or light? ›

In general, the stiffer and heavier the boot the better for skiing downhill, the lighter and more flexible the boot the better for climbing uphill. The stiffness of a boot will also feel different depending on how much you weigh.

How do you pick backcountry bindings? ›

Match the weight of your bindings and skis: If you have lightweight skis, choose lightweight bindings. If you have heavier duty, downhill-oriented skis, consider heavier, burlier or stronger ski bindings that are able to drive the skis well.

Should touring skis be shorter? ›

Touring skis should be 5-15cm less than the skier's height.

Touring ski length is a balance between lightweight maneuverability on the way up and stability on the way down. Freeride skis should be at least the skier's height and can easily be 5-15cm longer for skilled skiers.

How tall should my touring skis be? ›

10 to 20cm under your height is about right. In general, tall or big skiers will have skis arouns 160cm, shorter skiers will stick with 150cm lengths. If you like climbing on the side of groomed slopes, you can add a few centimeters in order to gain comfort and stability on the downhill.

How wide should alpine touring skis be? ›

For classic touring skis, a waist width of 85-95 mm has proven to be the best choice. It combines relatively good floatation with stability and easy hiking. Skis with a width of less than 80 mm usually weigh less and offer good handling characteristics in hard snow or in spring snow.

What kind of gear do you need for backcountry skiing? ›

In addition to the requisites - skis, boots, poles, helmets, goggles, outerware, base layers, etc. - avalanche safety equipment is another essential item to the sport. At a minimum, safety equipment should include an avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, and a backpack to carry them.

How tight should touring boots be? ›

We are looking for 1-2 fingers of space in between your heel and the shell. Those that prefer a more alpine style fit will want closer to 1 finger of space. This tightness provides a boost in responsiveness on the downhill, but will also limit circulation and cause colder feet. A 2 finger fit is a relaxed fit.

What equipment do you need to backcountry ski? ›

Get the right backcountry gear: Everyone must carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. If you're a skier, get geared up with backcountry skis, bindings and boots. If you're a snowboarder, consider a splitboard.

What does Dyn mean in ski boots? ›

There are a lot of acronyms and abbreviations in that name that mean: it has walk mode (Walk), it is Dynafit compatible with tech binding inserts (Dyn), and has Grip Walk outsoles (GW). This is a low to medium volume boot for feet that enjoy a smaller toe box.

Can you use skins on alpine skis? ›

How to use skins to ski uphill - YouTube

Can I use regular ski boots in AT bindings? ›

Can AT ski boots be used in Alpine bindings? - YouTube

Can you use touring boots for resort? ›

However, he says that Touring Boots these days are absolutely fine for piste skiing and 'like slippers' compared to normal boots, which will make walking around the resorts and enjoying Apres that much more comfortable.

Are touring ski boots more comfortable? ›

Unlike many downhill ski boots, backcountry ski boots have two modes: one for touring and one for downhill. They have a tour/walk mode that allows a wider range of motion and a more comfortable forward stride than traditional downhill ski boots.

Can you put touring bindings on any ski? ›

Touring Bindings

AT bindings can be affixed to any alpine skis though, generally, the lighter the ski, the better.

Is alpine touring hard? ›

Certainly, ski touring can be hard work, with a lot of effort needed on the uphill sections. However, the effort is well worth it: the thrill of making first tracks on a long descent, well away from the rest of the ski world with the wild splendour of the winter mountains all around.

Can I use my downhill skis for backcountry? ›

Skis. Any downhill ski can theoretically be set up for use in the backcountry, but alpine touring skis designed specifically for backcountry use usually feature lighter weight designs that make hiking uphill drastically easier.

Is touring the same as backcountry? ›

Ski touring is skiing in the backcountry on unmarked or unpatrolled areas. Touring is typically done off-piste and outside of ski resorts, and may extend over a period of more than one day. It is similar to backcountry skiing but excludes the use of a ski lift or transport.

Are pin bindings safe? ›

Pin bindings, while efficient, do not clamp down or release a ski boot like an alpine binding, so they don't ski as well and they are not as safe. There are a few answers on the market, like a heel piece that resembles an alpine binding or elasticity added to the toe piece.

What size touring binding do I need? ›

Your skis' waist width will determine the ski brake width (the distance between the two brake arms). For example, if your skis are 80mm wide at the waist, you will need bindings with a brake width of at least 80 mm and preferably no wider than 95 mm.

How do I get out of touring bindings? ›

Tech bindings 101 - YouTube

Is cross country skiing harder than downhill? ›

Compared to downhill skis, cross country skis are far less stable and this makes going downhill much more difficult. They're much more difficult to control your speed in and this can make turning and stopping quickly a bit of a challenge.

What is the difference between cross country and backcountry skiing? ›

Backcountry skiing is technically a form of cross-country skiing in that the skier is relying on their own body to move them across the terrain. You don't have access to ski lifts or gravity pulling you downhill. However, cross-country skiing to many people is done across neatly groomed trails.

Can I use backcountry skis on groomed trails? ›

Touring. Touring skis can be used on groomed or ungroomed trails. They are also known as “backcountry” skis because of how rugged they can be. Generally, these skis are longer, light in weight, and a little bit thicker in width to provide more stability to skiers who decide to take on ungroomed trails.

Is 130 flex too stiff? ›

- A flex from 100 to 120 is designed for sport skiers (intermediate to advanced). - A flex from 130 to 160 is designed for expert skiers. Warning: - Too stiff or rigid of a flex can limit a skier's ability to progress.

Should my toes touch the front of my ski boots? ›

Ski boots should be snug, but not too tight that they are painful. With your foot in the liner in the shell, there should be enough room around the toes that you can wiggle them back and forth, and the toes should be slightly touching the front of the boot when the heel is all the way back.

How long do ski boots last? ›

—Jill K. Ski boot technology may not change as fast as ski technology, but ski boots do have a shelf life. Manufacturers say that boots should last about 200 skier days, though ski boot liners tend to pack out well before then, even before the shell begins to lose its integrity.

What does GW mean in ski boots? ›

However, in the years since more brands have licensed Marker's GripWalk technology so that most ski boots now feature GripWalk soles, and many bindings across brands feature GripWalk technology (indicated by “GW” in the model name).

How far can you bend ski brakes? ›

You can do it, but 15 mm is near the limit of how much I like to bend brakes. The more you spread them, the less effective they are. You can also remove a little of the plastic on the inside of the brake arms to gain some advantage.

Can you Telemark on touring bindings? ›

What Telemark Binding is the best for touring and resort (50-50) - YouTube

Can you use all mountain skis for touring? ›

Technically, you can use most any ski for backcountry touring as long as you have boots and bindings that allow you to lift your heels to walk (“skin”) uphill (with the help of climbing skins) and then to lock them back into the bindings for the descent.

How long should touring skis be? ›

Touring skis should be 5-15cm less than the skier's height.

Touring ski length is a balance between lightweight maneuverability on the way up and stability on the way down. Freeride skis should be at least the skier's height and can easily be 5-15cm longer for skilled skiers.

What is free touring? ›

Here in France we use the the “free touring” to mean: used some mechanical mean to get up to some point + some part human powered. You then obviously have to “free ride” down. The same type of terrain and ride down would be called either: -ski de randonnée/ski touring if 100% human powered.

Are lighter skis better? ›

Skiers typically feel the difference most in mixed snow conditions, especially hard or refrozen snow, chop, and crust. Heavier skis often feel more confidence-inspiring in these types of conditions because they feel more glued to the snow. Dainty skis can get bucked or deflected easier by cut-up snow.

How heavy are touring skis? ›

Regular freeride touring skis have a waist width of 95mm upwards and offer a great downhill performance. Every ski can weigh between 1300 – 1700g. With the downhill oriented models, which are 110 – 120 mm wide in the waistline, you will get more stability in deeper snow and advanced terrain.

What size skis for 5'9 man? ›

Your height will be the mid-point of a 30-centimeter range of ski lengths. For example, a 5-foot 9-inch person is about 175 centimeters tall. Assuming nothing else, that individual should probably be seeking a ski somewhere in between 160 centimeters and 190 centimeters long.

Does ski weight matter? ›

Today, skis weigh significantly less than they ever have, but they still average 10-15 pounds a pair. They have to be heavy enough to maintain contact with the snow surface and sustain repeated flexing and bending. Lighter skis are easier to maneuver but tend to reduce performance.

What is a good ski weight? ›

The Average Weight of Skis

We'll break these factors down in just a second, but generally, the average weight of a pair of skis is between 10 to 15 pounds (or 4.5 to 6.8 kilograms).

How long should my backcountry skis be? ›

How to Choose Touring Ski Length
Skier Height in feet & inchesSkier Height in centimeters (cm)Suggested Ski Lengths (cm)
5'6"168155-175
5'8"173160-180
5'10"178165-185
6'183170-190
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Can you use backcountry ski boots with alpine bindings? ›

Can AT ski boots be used in Alpine bindings? - YouTube

Can you use touring bindings for downhill? ›

Alpine touring bindings (also known as "AT bindings" or "Randonnée bindings" if you're feeling continental) allow you to lift your heels naturally while skinning uphill, then lock your boots down and use regular alpine skiing technique when you want to go downhill.

Will my ski boots fit my bindings? ›

Typically, most bindings are universal as long as the type of skiing you plan on doing matches both the boots and the bindings. For example, if you have boots designed for alpine downhill skiing, most bindings designed for alpine downhill skiing will be compatible.

What are ski boot tech inserts? ›

Boot Heel Inserts x2 - AKA Heel Tech Inserts, these are the bits of metal that allow alpine touring ski boots to click into Dynafit and other pintech heels.

How tight should touring boots be? ›

We are looking for 1-2 fingers of space in between your heel and the shell. Those that prefer a more alpine style fit will want closer to 1 finger of space. This tightness provides a boost in responsiveness on the downhill, but will also limit circulation and cause colder feet. A 2 finger fit is a relaxed fit.

What does GW mean in ski boots? ›

However, in the years since more brands have licensed Marker's GripWalk technology so that most ski boots now feature GripWalk soles, and many bindings across brands feature GripWalk technology (indicated by “GW” in the model name).

What does Dyn mean in ski boots? ›

There are a lot of acronyms and abbreviations in that name that mean: it has walk mode (Walk), it is Dynafit compatible with tech binding inserts (Dyn), and has Grip Walk outsoles (GW). This is a low to medium volume boot for feet that enjoy a smaller toe box.

How do you pick backcountry bindings? ›

Match the weight of your bindings and skis: If you have lightweight skis, choose lightweight bindings. If you have heavier duty, downhill-oriented skis, consider heavier, burlier or stronger ski bindings that are able to drive the skis well.

Are pin bindings safe? ›

Pin bindings, while efficient, do not clamp down or release a ski boot like an alpine binding, so they don't ski as well and they are not as safe. There are a few answers on the market, like a heel piece that resembles an alpine binding or elasticity added to the toe piece.

What size touring binding do I need? ›

Your skis' waist width will determine the ski brake width (the distance between the two brake arms). For example, if your skis are 80mm wide at the waist, you will need bindings with a brake width of at least 80 mm and preferably no wider than 95 mm.

How long do ski bindings last? ›

For a beginner, if the DIN is too high, and the ski does not release they may injure their legs and knees. Bindings are sturdy pieces of equipment and if you maintain them properly and store them in a dry and temperature controlled place they can last longer than 10 years.

Can you adjust ski bindings for different size boots? ›

Generally speaking, you can adjust your ski bindings the equivalent of one shoe size larger or smaller, but if you're going to be marking more significant changes (for example, in the case of a child whose feet are rapidly growing), the ski bindings will need to be remounted to ensure the ski boot is attaching at the ...

What is grip walk? ›

What is GripWalk? In short, GripWalk is a new standard for the boots' heels and the bindings in which they should fit. Almost all major manufacturers have agreed on this new standard. In contrast to classic ski boot soles, the GripWalk soles are slightly raised in the front area.

Can you use regular boots in GripWalk bindings? ›

GripWalk Bindings

Bindings designated for compatibility with GripWalk will work with Alpine (ISO 5355) and GripWalk boot soles. Non-GripWalk ISO 9523, WTR and non-standard touring boots may fit into GripWalk bindings, but they will not perform safely or consistently.

Can you use regular ski boots with GripWalk bindings? ›

I HAVE A GRIPWALK BINDING. CAN I STILL USE MY OLD TRADITIONAL ALPINE SKI BOOT? YES, your alpine boots can be used with GripWalk bindings as long as they are within the standard ISO norm 5355 alpine.

Can you add tech inserts to ski boots? ›

Cast will add tech inserts

to your ski boots and ship them back.

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