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Seem nice, but be warned!

I have had quite a few clients on these skis this winter, but have seen at least 3 pair where the inserts have failed resulting in loose bindings not staying on in the field. Be warned about the inserts! Seems like this is a good touring ski for light people with light boots, I have noticed good strong skiers, with heavier boots easily over powering this ski, but if you have some light TLT 5s to match up, and want to slay endless pow and nothing else, this could be a good option.

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agree. i rode a pair all winter and loved them (130lb female on a full dynafit set up) but had a guy friend over 6ft rip out of his just doing a small turn on a moderately icy traverse

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That would be me, got a brand new pair from Dynafit but I am worried about the inserts for next year. Might see if I can get some better inserts for them and not the crappy plastic ones. Anyone with experience of changing them?

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Maybe they improved the insert system on the 191cm version, but I'm 6ft / 200lbs and have skied the Stokes hard with no issues.

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I'm 6'3'', 170lbs. on Quadrants and FT 12s, and I've pulled out a binding on two separate pairs of Stokes, skiing on mild groomers! I noticed that, with the last pullout, the inserts appear to be in what appears to be a foam section of the core. I love Dynafit bindings and the TLT 5s are amazing, but there is no way that I am skiing this ski anywhere near the backcountry. I'm debating on BD and Volkl. I would have expected better from Dynafit, but the Stokes are a huge disappointment!

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While I did not have a binding pull out of the insert, I did have one insert strip out completely during use. When I went to check the binding screws, they were loose. When I backed the screws out, the plastic insert unthreaded with the screw. I liked the idea of this ski, but will look for something without pre-drilled holes that are plastic. For what it's worth, I'm 6'0" 175lbs.

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I'm 155lbs and under 6ft and just ripped out one insert on my 182s on a groomer, after 20 days of use.