View Full Version : silvretta 500 bindings
01-30-2008, 10:23 AM
Ok guys and gals Im locked in on getting a good touring setup for approaches but also want that setup to enable me to do some serious downhill with plastic AT boots. Are the 500 LSV bindings my best choice? Are they sufficient for backcountry downhill with AT boots? Or should I forget about trying to use them with both my mountaineering boots on approaches and get a true set of touring bindings and plastic boots? I know the 500 lsv are din certified...but are they good enough? and will they be stiff enough with a plastic boot in the steeps?
Educate the uneducated please! Thanks!!!
but are they good enough? and will they be stiff enough with a plastic boot in the steeps?
Educate the uneducated please! Thanks!!!I have used the 500's with Alpine boots On-piste and Off-Piste, I have used them at Tux in Left they felt fine. In the Chute they failed to inspire confidence.
They work in the bumps too...if one is smooth...I am not so they gave me a couple releases I did not need.
I took my leather mountaineering boots to Tux and tried them w/the 500's...it wasn't pretty. Fortunately I had my Alpine boots and used them.
Here is my take on it:
Short, light, approach skis, fine for leathers or plastic mountaineering boots with the 500's.
For bigger skis and gnarly conditions or terrain, plastic AT boots are far superior.
If I was going in to Greeley for the Drool or the others....You bet, Leathers and 500's!
Overnighting into the big K, Scarpa Denali's...
For Slacking around or just on-piste...Denali's
Garmont and Lowa also make nice AT boots that climb well. Dynafit used to make a lace-up AT boot that climbed very well...you might see what they have that would also work with the 500's.
01-30-2008, 11:04 AM
Thanks RR! So your saying as far as bindings the 500 is a fairly good binding for the steeps? or should I look into something else? I might also be inclined to take em on piste a time or two. I tried downhill with my hybrid mountaineering boots (vasque ice 9000's) and my silvretta 404's and like you...it was NOT pretty. lol. So like I said when I know I'll be in the steeps i'll use plastic at boots. but just approaches and rolling terrain, my mountaineering boots. should this work out well? I really want something versatile
...should this work out well? I really want something versatileThey were made for it
01-30-2008, 11:13 AM
sweet. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt begging for broken ankles or worse skiing say something like tux with those bindings (obviously with at or alpine boots) like you said you had some unplanned releases. Can thi be solved by crankin em down?
sweet. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt begging for broken ankles or worse skiing say something like tux with those bindings (obviously with at or alpine boots) like you said you had some unplanned releases. Can thi be solved by crankin em down?probably, but I stay out of the top range of DIN as I have to look out for one of my knees. The bum knees really appreciate a more sophisticated binding that has a little intentional elasticity that limits prereleases.
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