A Dynafit tech binding toe piece added to a Spantik at home!
Bravo! Looking forward to the field reports! The info is much appreciated. Hopefully others will be able to follow shortly. Including La Sportiva :)
"I live and climb in Alaska which typically requires longish approaches and the use of skis. I have been using the standard silvretta bindings on a set of Atomic Climber skis (pretty light). I have wanted to use dynafit toe pieces on my Atomic skis for a while now and after my DPS Wailer 112 came in lighter than my "approach setup" I decided I had to try something.
Long story short I have bolted/glued the tech fitting plate I cut out of a pair of old Garmont Megarides into my well broken in pair of Spantiks. I'm working on mounting dynafit tlt speed toe pieces and a custom heel throw system (using a crampon wire heel latch). I haven't had time yet to build/test this system, but I will as soon as I get home in a week and a half.
Have you heard of anyone doing this before? Do you/they have any tips or suggestions? I'm realize not everyone would utilize tech fittings on climbing boots, but the crowd I run with in Alaska are surprised no climbing boot manufacture has thought of this yet. Thoughts?
Just wanted to say thanks for being an inspiration to build and try new things. I appreciate your time and the sharing of your knowledge."
"I'm reluctant to take them on a long trip right away until they prove there reliability, so I'll start with a couple of short (4+ mile) approaches in variable snow conditions most involving trail breaking.
I don't have the heal piece assembled/made yet but I think I have an idea of what I'm going to do. I'll start on that when I get home next week also.
My most recent climbing trip(that turned into a ski trip) was into the Eastern Alaska Range involving 78 miles on snowmobile and 15+ miles on skis pulling sleds to where we setup a base camp. From there we toured around the West Fork of the Susitna glacier logging 60+ miles. It would have been really nice to have a lighter weight setup than the silvretta 404's I had for that trip though I was unwilling to trust this system having not put it through the wringer. Time will tell."