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After getting some great advice from the board and doing a little reading. It's starting to look like the AT set up is the way to go. The Naxo(i think that's the spelling) binding is supposed to be as reliable as a down hill set up. I'm pretty sure that's the way i'm going to end up going. Although I currently have my din at 11, and those bindings only go up to 12. So much for being in the mid range for din.

The type of skiing I enjoy is steep chutes with lots of drops. Pushing my limits safely is what I enjoy most about skiing.

I know I need to stick with a downhill ski. I'm wounding about the boots right now. Can an AT boot stand up like a downhill boot? Equipment failure in steeps is not really an option. Would you guys trust an AT boot to stand up, or should I go with a downhill boot.

Thanks for the help guys,
Greg
 

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I use a Denali XT boot and Fritschi Freeride binding-- as bomber as it gets. Not near as powerful as a race boot and alpine mount when running hardpack, but a very good compromise for inbounds and out. In terms of pure powder and climbing ability they are perfect. The Naxo really climbs great over the Fritschi but they have been prone to breakage, so if you really plan on punishing them, and depending what ski you put it on, I'd be wary. Both Freerides and Naxos are designed to take everything you throw at them, but launch a 20-footer-to-chunk and there are no guarantees.
 
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