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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralFinding gear for backcounty skiingFinding gear for backcounty skiing
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12/24/2021 6:18 PM

I tried crosscountry skiing in college.  I could never get my feet to stay on top of the skis(heels always rolled inboard) so I abandon the sport.

Reading several of the posts on here and watching the HPG YT Channel, I want to get started in back country skiing.  Following the recommendstions from the "Winter Locomotion" video, I've got a set of La Sportiva Makalus and a set of Ramer AT Bindings.  These seem like they would fix my prior heel problem with the cross country skis.

What are the limitations of these bindings? 

I've had no luck finding the Altai Hoks for sale in the 145 length. Have they been discontinued?  Or are they only sold seasonally? Are there other skis anyone would recommend and where do you look for them? 

Thank you.

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12/27/2021 10:48 AM
We have them for sale in the shop along with the universal bindings. If you want to buy email us at and we will take care of you. The intent is to get them up on the website, but that hasn't happened yet. They are gaining in popularity so they are hard to get your hands on period. Plus there was some issues with production last year due to Covid. I don't know if they caught back up for not.

I only moved away from Ramer's because they are squeeky. I like the Fritchies better overall, but the Ramers work just fine.

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12/27/2021 12:39 PM
Thanks Scott! I'll do that. After a little more reading on the forum and ebay searching I have found some of the Fritichie bindings. Almost all of them are cracked in the heal portion. Is that repairable or should they be avoided?
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12/27/2021 12:58 PM
If you mean cracks around the metal release detent right behind the heel, I don't think it makes much difference. Particularly for the kind of low-key skiing we're talking about. Worst case scenario, the cracks make the release mechanism release at a lower pressure than you want.

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