That's surprisingly well put, Evan and
I have reached the stage that although I have dropped about 15
pounds from my peak weight a couple of years ago and I crawl hilly
trails about 150 days a year with a backpack full of heavy camera equipment
(about 40 pounds worth) I'm still at the stage where the very last
thing I worry about is a pound or two of extra weight on my feet on the
For the vast majority of front/side country/occasional
backcountry tourer skiers like myself, the compatibility, ease of in/out
and plain versatility of a Fritschi is quite frankly impossible to
beat. Unless I am wrong, that is exactly what you said you would
Would I use a pair of Fritschi's in an AT ace ? No, but
I wouldn't be competing in an AT race to begin with. But I have seen
instances where my ski partner was frozen in fear struggling to get levered into
her tech bindings on the top of a vertical 1000 foot icy chute (and I
remember a post by Evan himself about some issues about fear of
pre-release (Whistler Spearhead, I think, on his techs) that make me and Briar
non-candidates for tech bindings. Remember, Fritchi's adapt equally well
to AT or regular alpine boots with a twist of a screwdriver on the toe
piece - not so with techs.
Besides, I rather enjoy seeing the tech-noids heads explode
when someone has the temerity to question their choice in
gear. (Reference: search "LDIAI"
I think Matt Duffy brings up two good points here which are worthy
of further discussion.
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