I gave up tele for a few years because of my old flimsy bindings and skis, but this season grabbed these bindings and some traditional skis (as far as that goes - past years Elan 999) and now I love it again. The spring and directional true-ness are sweet. They do what your feet do. Just right to me anyway. In the groomed or crud, I wish there had been deep powder, but alas, it was all good turning at the resorts. i didn't tour on them but I would guess they are worth the extra weight in more extreme terrain, but not extensive XC touring. Just a guess on that one.