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I have a friend who has the G3 alpinist skin with the twin tip connection kit and they work extremely well he got it in a 115 and just had to do a little trimming which isn't very hard on G3's for his opus's.
What i would do is attach the ski boots to bindings and then put the skis on the pack that way you could carry your ski boots, this pack will easily fit snow boots on the way down
Very functional pack, excellent for a day of skinning
This ski does ski a little shorter because of the rocker but not as much as bigger skis like the Obsethed. Your dimensions kinda put you right in the middle of the sizing. I would suggest getting the 179 and mounting it a little bit closer to the center at like a 4 or a 5 on the K2 sidewall chart. Mounting it more forward will make it easier to turn in the trees but still give you the length for the groomers.
This is an awesome ski. This is one of the best skis you can buy. You can't waste your money on a durable, high quality ski. You will learn to really like wide skis, this skis is great for any entry level. Get the bacon you won't regret it.
When Marker said they were going to release a new line of freeskier binding they really went all out. This is an excellent binding that can handle anything from the park to the powder. This binding is extremely durable, plastic doesn't make a difference here it has hold up to every condition i have ever put it in. They release when they are suppost to. They are safe and overall built extremely well. People are going crazy over FKS's and Pivots which are excellent bindings but seriously save your cash and get the best binding for the money. They perform and hold up better than the rest.
The Opus is a very versatile ski. The Opus really handles different and variable snow conditions extremely well. The EP pro from the past couple of years was not a very snow versatile ski it was made for powder and powder only. This year it can ski just about anywhere. From a touring perspective i would get the bacon. This years bacon floats just as well as the last years. I mean we are only talking 7mm of middle waist lost on this years it handels the powder just fine. But with that 7mm lost it also handels the ice, hardpack and the crust snow a lot better. The Opus is more versatile than ever but not as versatile as the Bacon.
Alex, you have very legitimate reasons to be torn. I personally think the Bacon will be able to handel the ice, the tight trees and about anything you can throw at this ski. But if you still have worries i think the 98 would be a great choice. The 98 is built a little stiffer and will definitely handle the ice a little bit better. I use the K2 Kung Fujas as my touring ski and it has been a great touring ski because it handles the variable snow really well. So if I were you I would go with the Bacon but if your a little uneasy about it I would also recommend the 98, K2 kung Fujas or i also think the Volkl Gotama would also be a great fit for you. With the Length i would go with something shorter but no shorter than 176 ish. Longer skis will surprise you that there turning radius isn't much different, but back east you can get away with a little shorter ski.
With the rocker on the Chet i think you will find the 192 a lot shorter than you would think. Rocker shortens up how a ski turns in tight areas. There is only 1 M difference in its turn radius between the 183 and the 192. Which is one of the shortest i've seen on ski's 9 CM apart. I am not sure why the stiffness would be any different between the 183 and the 192 it may have something to do with the core design weather that intentional or not i'm not sure. The 192 will also give you more surface area which gives you more float especially with your size you are going to need all the float you can get to keep your skis from diving. 192 is the way too go.
The Griffon is an excellent binding, save your money and don't the jester unless you absolutely need a 16 din which to be honest no one really does. I think the Orange FKS would look sweet on those peacepipes. The FKS is a good binding that is really durable and with its swivel heel is suppose to cut down on knee injuries. The Look Pivot 14 is the exact same binding as this FKS so depending on the deal you get i would either get the Griffon or the FKS/Pivot
You will defiantly find the Bacon softer than your BD's but this ski can still charge. This is a awesome very versatile ski that can honestly do it all. You will find this ski softer and easier but also able to charge what ever you want it too.
I would defiantly go with the Bacon if your looking for a good ski for the powder. The Bacon is wider, has more useful rocker for powder and for other types of snow. Its the better ski out of the two for sure. I would also look at a K2 Kung Fujas its a good compromise of the two skis.
The Aretha is probably the closest to the Bacons and the CRJ is pretty much like last years Sir Francis Bacon but their really isn't a ski that 4FRNT makes that is close to this years Bacon.
Stevens Pass gets a lot of snow as you know. The Bacon has 6mm on the Fujas and more of a powder rocker. Both are excellent skis but i think the Bacon fits your mountain better than the Fujas.
All three of the skis you have mentioned are excellent skis. The Opus is a versatile powder ski but its wouldn't be very fun on the icy stuff or in the park. The Bacon is a great all around ski, The K2 Kung Fujas, Volkl Bridge, Atomic Access are also some skis I would consider. The 98 would handle the ice a lot better and would still be very fun all around the mountain. But I think the Bacon is probably the best out of the bunch for what you are looking to do.
Eric Pollard has a mounting point on his ski that is right where it should be even for straight non switch skiing. He is spot on where to put binding for the best performance on his ski.
Its too bad theres no middle ground with this ski something like a 184 but my suggestion would to be with the 189. There is enough rocker on this that it will feel shorter than a true 189. Whenever i've skied something around 189 in powder I personally don't feel a huge difference in turning, on the hard pack im sure it will be a litte more difficult but I think the 189 will handle the long turns and the tight turns. In any size of this ski you will have to compromise a little.
From a more all mountain perspective the fujas is a awesome ski. If you looking for a all mountain park ski a Volkl Bridge is probably the best all mountain park ski hands down. Maybe even a Line Chronic if your looking for a more pure park feel. Possibly a Armada ARV would even fit the bill. But in my opinion the Bridge if exactly what your looking for.
I haven't skied the 105 but a early rise on a ski means there is less surface area touching the snow so your ski become's easier too turn as you can see with 18.6 M turning radius which i believe is about a meter or two shorter than the P100 so this ski would be a little bit easier to turn in tight spots.
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