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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralSKIS & BOOTS FOR PULK PULLERS  ?.SKIS & BOOTS FOR PULK PULLERS ?.
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2/22/2021 12:09 AM



I've been scratching my head on better ways to do what I do.  I've got an old set of heavy touring skis with busted Fritschi Freeride bindings (plastic's brittle, broke when stomping in) because of the height of the bindings and the well-worn state of my Garmont Adrenaline touring boots, i never felt super nimble downhilling in this setup, but, with skins, I could climb pretty much anything.  

I've got MSR Denalis with additional tails, they're my go to if I'm breaking trail or around camp.  

I was thinking of being able to dork around with a pair of CC type skis, and especially for pulling the sled, be able to switch to snowshoes while wearing 1 pair of boots.  (in my case, it's La Sportiva Glaciers, crampon compatible leather boots that I use for elk hunting, snowshoeing, backpacking)  I could possibly be using these for late season elk hunts, or pulling the sled onto a lake to drill holes and stare at the Vexilar...  I'm looking at Silvretti 404s, 500s, Ramers (but I don't know about the sizing compared to the narrow skis I'm looking at)  I'm also looking at 3 pin boots and some old Kastle straight cc skis, (because I'm cheap, kinda, could be into that setup but don't want wonky junk that I hate filling the garage.  Any thoughts out there guys?  

And thanks Evan for the time on the phone today, I think now I've got my thoughts more organized than earlier.  





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2/22/2021 7:03 AM

Easy answer - Altai Hoks with X-trace universal pivot binding (in the 145 length - the shorter one is only for people under 5' IMO). With your La Sportivas, you'll have the same amount of control as you would with a 3-pin + cable setup.

If you are wanting something a little bit faster and more nimble, Altai Kom with Fritschi FT-88. The Ramers aren't something you'll be very happy with I don't think. The Silvretta offerings (404, 500) are a better solution if you are going to be locking the heel down very much but have a LOT of lateral slop in freeheel mode. Be aware you'll still probably be wanting kicker skins when towing a pulk (I have only skied Koms once and they definitely have more traction than any waxless I've been on but don't know if it's enough for towing a pulk). And you'll need a fully crampon compatible boot like the Makalu or Nepal. So they're a fiddlier and more specific solution as well.

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2/22/2021 3:29 PM
I've pulled a small fairly light pulk with my Altai Hoks and X-trace binding and they have worked very well, but I'm a flat lander and not a real skier so I might not be the most reliable source of information.
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