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Old 01-01-2010   #11
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2008
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I hit the backcountry 3 or 4 times a year, but mostly ski resorts- and I love my T1s. Even if we are touring or doing a hut trip with 50 pounds on my back, I like having the stability of the T1 when the fun starts.
If you are in Denver, Confluence is a good bet but the guys at Bent Gate out here in Golden will really set you up nice. At any rate, just like with alpine boots, it definitely pays to spend some money at a good shop with people that know their shit.

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Old 01-01-2010   #12
Louisville, Colorado
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mmm...peppermint schnapps was hitting the mark at the hut on Christmas! I think after learning on floppy leathers, camber-and-a-half stick straight Tuas I can make T3S work great for me in the backcountry. But, I am old, and old school. I think Snowhere wants to stomp the resort and should considering nothing less than T2 or similar (with thermofit liners of course). Back to the peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate, because it is good at home too.

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Old 01-02-2010   #13
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I always liked a 'Black Forest'. It's hot chocolate with Triple Sec, Chambord, and Creme de cocoa, yummmmm.

I use the same boot for skin trips as for the resort. I like having the stiffer T1's for the downhills as they handle tackling steep, wind blown, icy, you know, random backcountry conditions in stride. I have done 2 backcountry trips in the past week and I just buckle loosely for the uphill, and then tighten down for the downhill. I also loosen my bindings if I have miles of skinning to do. Like most things in life, everyone is different. What works for me may not work for you. But the OP asked for some opinions and got what he was looking for.

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