I was wondering how hard these could be skiied. I'm planning on doing some skimo racing this year, so weight is important, but I also want something I can ski downhill well. I do a lot of skiing in tight woods and trees, so they need to turn well - ideally, I want something I could use in almost any scenario (although I don't do any cliff hucking or anything super extreme). Would these work, or should I look at other bindings?
Hey Wright, thanks for reaching out! Short answer: Hard, very hard. If most of your skiing occurs with both skis on the ground in the backcountry (as opposed to the very different set of demands imposed by getting air and diving into mogul fields with reckless abandon) then these will be more than adequate as long as your release values line up appropriately.
A common misconception is that weight correlates directly with downhill performance and durability. Even the lightest race bindings often times have higher performance than a lot of their "heavier" brethren on both the climbs and descents. We see some pretty heavy and very hard charging skiers on tiny little race bindings and they hold up just fine. It's only when you start messing with ridiculously big skis or hucking huge cliffs in the backcountry that the set of demands really changes.
What skis and boots are you planning on pairing these up with?
I'm not totally sure what skis I'm going to use with these, but probably something in the 90-95 underfoot rage, 172 or 177 cm length. As for the boots, I'm planning on using the Dalbello Lupo AX boots. I have one more question -- I don't huck cliffs, but there is every chance that I might accidentally launch a foot or so in the air off of a root or rock or some other of the many obstacles new england tree skiing has to offer. Would I eject from the impact of a minor jump like that, or do I really need to be sending massive drops to need beefier bindings?
Hi Wright, absolutely no problem! Well within the limits of these or other tech bindings. In our view, the folks that really need the CAST binding know who they are.
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