Hey Trevor, thanks for reaching out. The skis are so close to each other in so many ways (dimension, shape, weight, profile, core) that I think your intended usage and boot selection should probably make this choice for you. If you're in race boots, definitely get the 78. If you're in slightly heavier boots (think Dynafit TLT6/7, Atomic Backland Carbon, Scarpa F1, etc), you could pick either one and be happy. If it's going to be your only ski, the 85 makes more sense. If it's going to be strictly a mountain...
Hey Marc, unfortunately there's no cross-over with the springs and as far as Dynafit is concerned the SL 2.0 springs aren't even removable. We haven't actually tried to get a spring out, as they've specifically warned against doing that, however it doesn't look any more complicated than just hammering out the lateral pin. Best I can do is point you towards some new heel units.
Hey Aaron! Absolutely! Luckily you weren't the only one with a brilliant idea. Maruelli makes them, they're called the Click Clack Risers. Just spin the binding into flat mode and enjoy the benefits of losing some weight and gaining a whole lot of speed.
Hey TSB! Dang, I like skiing with long poles, but man 150cm poles seems huge even for a relatively tall dude with a nordic background! I would tend to agree, I think 140-145 is probably more of what you should be looking for. I am 5' 9" (175cm) and ski with 125cm poles for everyday touring (could definitely go shorter though, I have gotten bucked into the backseat during jump turns because of the pole length) but will be getting a longer pair (130-135cm) for racing. Short poles definitely have their place a...
Hey Patrick, thanks for reaching out! Lengthwise, yes. Volume, no. The Alien 1.0 is narrower (99mm last vs the F1's 102mm last) and it has a slightly lower instep.