Bought these as I missed my old, carbon Lifelink AC-BC poles, ; one lost in a crash off piste in France. BD Helio Poles are very light, my 120s are 142 grams each. I did wrap some Petzl ice tool tape on the choke grip section. Straps are easy to adjust size. Baskets work in powder, don't "lift" snow up, so I will break the habit of clicking baskets together to shed snow. Baskets are stiff enough to lift, flip heel risers too. I usually push down on toe lever, with grip end of my poles, to switch to ski mode...
G3 crampon, on this Zed does not allow boot to be flat on ski for skinning. Only with first riser, below boot heel can you use the ski crampon. See picture My boots are Maestrale RS and F-1 (BSL 314) . Lower toe pins on Zed make boot sole sit on orange tab at front of ski crampon.
I broke a Salomon MTN brake arm off the same way. Because I had bought the brakes directly from Skimo, they went to bat for me, and I got a new, single replacement brake assembly from Salomon. No charge to me. Thanks Skimo.
Would the G3 Zed binding fit in the H mounting pattern on this ski? Looking at the BMT 90 as a quiver of one to take to Europe for a mixed piste/touring ski.
I am heading off to France, 3Vallee in a week, with my Maestrale RS boots (new ones). Any chance anyone knows a ski shop, there that can do the Ski Trab mod to these AT boots? I met Rick Howell recently, here in Vermont, and we had a really animated conversation about the risks associated with skiing with standard Touring Tech bindings. I happened to be driving my car ;) wearing my NTN tele boots, which impressed Rick, when we met at a gas station. The Trab TR2 is one binding he recommended, if I must tou...
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