after one of my barons broke in december I picked up a used set of skis with sth/cast and transferred it to my lib techs, such a rad setup. I normally ski a lot of fairly aggressive inbounds before a bit of slack country, so tech was a non-starter for me. been out a few times on the cast and love it for what I need. will likely get tech bindings for my other pair of skis for full on touring however…the stride is a hell of a lot better than frame bindings for sure, but yeah, not interested in ever skiing them in bounds semi-regularly.
right on! ya just an alpine binding function until you want to tour. using them with my scarpa freedom sl's all last yr(on hill and those few days of slackcountry) with Solomon sth's. bought some full tilts for this year and i'll probably send those boots to cast in the summer for the toe fittings but more than a few boots next year that skistiff enough for on hill and release appropriately from an alpine clamp and have tech fittings(lupo ti, langes next yr offering etc)
for daily ripping around the hill all the pin techs have their widely publicised flaws olus alpine boots and clamps are cheap. I'm going to get another cast/sth setup for my 99underfoot piste jibs when I send my boots in. why not? they're there when I need them
I just bought that stuff yesterday from Escape Route in Whistler.
I just buy a box of safety candles from the dollar store. gone thru a few boxes over the years. dirt cheap. work fine rubbing them on skins when they ball up in the spring pow. used them on dry bases in a pinch. last week a friends snowboard was so dry she couldn't slide down a steep slope. safety candles worked like a charm. also the obvious, for heat in a snow cave/shelter