I'm going to see if I can get those Lightning Boards here...
The Lightning boards look sweet!!!...nothing quite like the feel of wood in a ski. These look awesome for back country stash access with AT bindings!
I wonder if they require any special care to maintain the camber. I remember when we used to store our skis strapped together with a block in the center. And we had to reapply "tar" to the wood bases.
as a related aside - any opinions on the best soft/semi soft boot combo for all around ski-kiting with AT gear?. I understand there is a compromise between more or less boot support and ski feel/contact...but for kiting in soft snow conditions I think softer boots would be OK (?)
I've been switching back and forth between alpine (racing) boots + skis (for the hardpack/icier conditions) and snowboard kit (for pow and variable crust type snow). We've had a great winter here in MI for kiting so far and we've been able to try/compare some gear, but we don't have access to a lot of the "state of the art" AT gear. I've been using some old Atomic Heli Guides (too long and heavy) with Lange race boots, but will probably pick up some shorter (lighter) shaped skis for the hard conditions
Next winter I want to have the perfect back-country setup. At the moment thinking the Lightning Boards (maybe the "Eight K" or "Natural") with a good randonee binding/boot
...but which combo?
I would love to have an AT setup that I can go all day in with the comfort of snowboard boots and without the pain/weight of ski boots. I'm about 160lbs/72kg.
Any suggestions appreciated...thanks