Can AT tech equipment serve two masters?
Gear: 190 cm dps wailer 112 pure skis, plum yak bindings and dynafit Vulcan AT boots.
I am not connected to the ski industry and it's products in any way. Just your everyday ski nut. The purpose for me writing this is to let people know my experience using AT gear on and off piste as I've read many conflicting reports.
Toured in deep blower pow and wind blown hard pan in the Selkirks.
Skis: quick and responsive and handled deep pow to wind blown hard pan very well.
Bindings: easy to climb with and held me without any unwanted pre-release issues. Easy to get in and out of. Not a fan of ski brakes in the backcountry nor leashes so used neither.
Boots: as comfortable as slippers and as beefy as any downhill boot I have used without even inserting the extra plastic tongue that come with the boots.
Skied on average 20,000 vertical/ day for six consecutive days at Whistler on everything from groomers to bumps to double blacks and collouirs.
Skis: very quick and responsive on all types of terrain. Had them to 91kms/hr on hard pan and were solid. Turned easily on very tight and steep pitches. For their length they were pretty good in the bumps but not your typical bump ski.
Bindings: used leashes and were easy to hook and unhook. Not one pre-release issue. Felt as solid as any downhill binding.
Boots: same comments as off piste.
All equipment functioned exceptionally well in both scenarios for me. Given this I will continue to use them as such until they blow up and/or wear out. No need for me to have on and off piste set ups given their exceptional all around performance. Time will tell about durability.