Skimo Co





6' 0"


185 lbs

Shoe Size

US 11.50

Skier Type

Type III - Aggressive

Ski Frequency:

10 - 24 days / year

My Skiing

Skied both XC (since 70's) and downhill (since 80's), however don't do it too often due to basic lack of time. Getting into AT skiing to escape crowds on resorts. XC has limited use in Sierras hence AT.

My Gear

Skis: Stockli Stormrider SS, 188 cm 89 underfoot.
Bindings: Rossignol Axial2
Boots: Salomon X-Max 120

XC/BC (Nordic touring):
Skis: Madshus Epoch 195 cm, 68 mm underfoot, metal edges, traction pattern

Bindings: NNN BC Magnum
Boots: Rossignol BCX 4.

Alpine Touring light:
Ski: Dynafit Blacklight 88, 178cm
Boot: Dynafit TLT8 Carbonio
Bindings: Marker Alpinist

Alpine Touring regular:
Ski: Dynastar Mythic 97, 184cm
Boot: Scarpa Maestrale RS2
Bindings: Dynafit Rotation 10

Recent Posts

How do these compare, performance-wise, to the Titan Vario.2? From the discussion on the page of the latter two things sort of worry me -- the lack of the true flat touring option and the fact that the release values are not adjustable. These issues are not present with these bindings (at least, not to the full extent, as the lateral release can be adjusted in the Alpinist). Also, it appears that the vertical release value is more or less corresponds to the model number (i.e. 10 in Alpinist 10), is it tru...
Hi Ash, I used Dynastar Mythic 97 with Dynafit Rotation 10 setup with Carbonios on the resort, and was pretty happy. This setup is heavier, both skis and bindings, than that you are mentioning. At times I could feel that the boots are kind of giving way on bumps, but otherwise no problem. I am 6', 190 lb in underwear, that is, substantially heavier than you. I emailed a Dynafit tech with a similar question and he responded that he wouldn't put TLT8 Carbonios on anything wider than 108 underfoot, but that ...
How do these brakes lock in the touring mode? With the brake installed, will the neutral (no heel riser) touring mode be still accessible? Thanks.
I bought the Blacklights 88 in 178 cm length for exploring Yosemite and other places that may require long approaches. I am wondering what would be the most adequate bindings for these. The use case is 2/3 time in the backcountry and 1/3 on resort for practicing descents in trees at moderate speeds. On my other setups I am using the Dynafit ST Rotation which I love because of the rotating toepiece, but they are on the heavy side. Are there any binding options that are noticeably lighter and still offer goo...
Interestingly it seems like the boot has two power straps, which should increase stiffness a bit and also result in a more snug feel. I am pretty happy with TLT8 carbonio, but out of curiosity, how the stiffness and heel box width compare between these two? Thanks.

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