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mtmark wrote a review of on March 1, 2005

4 5

There is only one reason to buy these skis. Backcountry touring. I mounted these as AT skis with Dynafit bindings for an ultralight set up. I have skied them in a variety of conditions and have enjoyed them in all but deep mash potato snow. However, I would never dream of taking these into an area where they could encounter hardpack groomers.

My complaint with these skis is in their documentation. The specifications (lengths, widths...) are just plain wrong. My 188s are more like 193s and their width is 90+mm not 88mm as stated in their write up.

However, overall the added length and width actually make these boards more floaty and therefore more fun skiing the backcountry. They are excellent backcountry skis.

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mtmark wrote a review of on March 1, 2005

4 5

I use both the TLT Comfort and the Fritschi Freerides (see the Freeride review for more info on them.)

My Dynafits are mounted on my pure backcountry skis to create an ultrlight set up of less then 4 pounds per ski total weight.

I love the natural motion of hiking in these bindings. My knees never hurt and the glide is as smooth as walking or telmarking. The heel adjustment works well but takes a while to learn the tricks that make it easier to adjust.

I would not take these into an area to ski due to not trusting them to hold with severe torque that hardpack area skiing can create but I have never had them pre-release while skiing in the backcountry.

The downside of these bindings are their ease of use. While you learn the tricks quickly enough, nothing about these bindings are easy to just start using. Your first day out with them be prepared for little learning curve issues all day. Be patient... they are worth it.

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mtmark wrote a review of on March 1, 2005

4 5

I use both the Fritschi Freeride and the Dynafit TLT comfort bindings (see Dynafit review for more info on them).

I like the Freerides for their crossover ability. I feel confident skiing them in the area down chutes and in steep trees.

Their hiking ability for shorter hikes (1 to 2 hours approach) is acceptable and their heel adjustment is quite nice.
I would give high marks for their ease of use. If you have skied traditional bindings, you will have no problem.

However, if you have a longer approach to reach your skiing these may not be your best bet. On flats the stride is not natural and the thud, thud, thud of the stride is not peaceful. I have had knee joint pain when I use these for longer hauls. I would not recommend these for longer backcountry trips.

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