Thursday, December 30, 2010

Waxless Touring here I come!

The Nordic bug has been knocking on my recreational door for some time now.  I think at least the past two seasons I have come close to buying a setup but just never got around to it.  This year is the year and I snagged a used waxless touring set up at the Gunstock Nordic Center.  Figured I go with something I could ski classic on groomed stuff as well as take off track a bit to start and then get a skate setup if I really like the whole nordic thing and the trails at Gunstock.

These even have metal edges so if I find anything cool out in the woods I can try and shred it and maybe not die.

Fischer (we have to) Explorers

I don't know a whole lot about the current nordic tech but I believe these have older model Salomon Pilot bindings.  The boots I scored were newer Salomon tech so I needed to mod the bindings a tad.  According to the guy at the nordic center its a fairly common mod and I love saving money and tweaking stuff in the shed so I went for it.  All that was required was cutting out a small notch in the binding to accommodate the second rail on the boots.

 Pre mod, with notch marked

notch cut out with hacksaw and cleaned up with an exacto-knife

boot mounted post mod

The boots I got are what are called "combi" because they can be used with classic or skate set ups, all I need to do is make sure I get Pilot bindings with the two rail slots on any skate skis I eventually get.  I am pretty pumped to see what I can get myself into with these as well as getting in lots of additional cardio with a skate setup.

I'm thinking something along the lines of this is in order.


  1. Anonymous12/30/2010

    nice now you can start reading this blog in the winter:

    looks like the trail goes right by rangeley too:

    shitty shine! ballz

  2. yeah dude. I think you should get in on this as well. you love cardio.

  3. yes, some of what you have planned is in is some of this...i hope.

    DISCLAIMER: The stunts you are about to witness are performed by total idiots. enjoi.

    ps. oh my lord...they are all OUT! (wicked inside joke guy)

  4. I couldn't remember how well nordic bindings would hold, but seemingly quite well, so yes I am going to get gnar on these things.

    They have metal over, I can do evyting. c'mon

  5. Yea...I kept waiting for one of those dude to completely explode both of their knees in that video.....the skis NEVER come off