I would suggest getting whichever one you can get the best price on.
Yeah, I was looking at the Alpina X Terrain and the Rossi BC110 for that reason (Fischer seems to have disappeared from my PSIA list). Currently trying to convince myself I don't NEED this setup, but my tax return is looking nice and juicy in my bank account and I might have to once again succumb to gear whoring . . .
Matt/Harv: Do it! The current crop of "waxless" meadow skippers are great values...before the demise of Karhu here in NA there was a blog called "Where will you ski today".. It epitomized the spirit of this type of ski... City parks after a storm, rolling golf courses, dawn patrol poaches of the local ski hill to score some fresh before they groom... Out your back door like SBR... It's all fair game.
The newest variant of this genre is Voile's versions that are also fatter AND rockered. Also unobtanium up here in hinterland.
Regardless of which ski you end up with, you do not need to pair them with a free pivot or super active binding. That is overkill, defeating the spirit and intent of the "game"..
My Guides have Voile 3 pin cables on them, and I rarely use the cables as they add nothing to the control generated by a plastic boot (I use Garmont Excursions typically for "schwacking")
To be honest, old school (and new school Spikes) pins work great.
I'm sure SBR will chime in and report on the Spikes ASAP.
Totally agree with what TD said above. Waxless freedom of the heels!
We really have some snow now, it is Pipeline time:
Although TD has been skiing this zone on a fairly regular basis, today was my first visit to our favourite stash this season. I guess I was just waiting until until conditions were ideal, because that is what they were today. Although nothing like our snowplow incident of last year, even the arrival was entertaining. To access The Pipeline, we drive to the end of a town road, park, then ski in along a plowed private road. When we arrived today, there was a sketchy-looking car filled with young people parked in our spot. Hmmm. We sat there and stared at them for a while, doing our best to look like grumpy old guys. They put down whatever it was they were passing around and drove away.
There seemed to be some discrepancy in ski choices. Everything is good, they all have their pros and cons:
There is some fiddling required to get the LiteSpikes set up for free-pivot ascending. No big deal though, and we now are ready to climb:
TD's previous visits left a nicely set skin track, now with about six inches of new snow on it:
Being a thoughtful skin track setter, TD even leaves room for turns higher up:
But as we know, it is all about the down. TD farming the Pipeline pow:
And then running the mini-pillows over those nassssty rockses:
We did three runs today. My Fischers leave a little deeper trench than TD's Boomerangs: