Compatibility – Binding and Boot
The boot binding interface is a bit more complex. At the extremes you will find pin bindings for touring that require the pin interface in the boot, traditionally this would only be found on dedicated touring boots.
However, you can now find pin compatibility on alpine and cross over boots giving more flexibility in choice if you want to use one boot for multiple uses. On the other end traditional alpine bindings will only be able to accommodate the standard Alpine norm boot soles.
In the middle you are now seeing most alpine bindings having adjustability to take both the standard soles and the newer GripWalk soles.
Once you have a grasp of the technical requirements for a setup it is then down to your personal style, goals and ambitions. For most it is simply creating a setup that follows a similar theme of weight and ski category. For instance if you just want to ski pistes then you can go for a piste ski, alpine binding and alpine boot, simple. Similarly if you just want to go touring you can pair a lightweight boot, pin binding and a touring ski for the perfect backcountry setup.
Where more thought is involved is in the middle ground. If you want to ski the whole mountain in the resort then you have endless combinations of ski style and weight. For example you might select a freeride ski, hybrid binding, such as the Salomon Shift, and a freeride boot, such as the Tecnica Cochise 130. This would cover you for anything you’ll find in the resort plus the option to start touring beyond the lifts if you have the desire.
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