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howdy all, i really want to get into ski touring, probably not gonna be going for days at a time, more like a resort ski with the option of going out onto some spines, and skinning up powder feilds instead of walking. My issue is im living in new zealand, and already have two pairs of skis, so either want to see if either pair is suitable or sell one and buy a touring pair. I have volkl kendos and armada narwalks, i can ski powder fine on my kendos and they would be my choice, but are they too thin? as i feel my narwalks, might be too heavy? i already have touring boots, just need to get the planks right! thanks all.
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I think the question should be, 'is it worth having skins cut to my current skis or tailoring them to an ideal pair'. The skins were a significant part of my touring investment and they're not as portable between skis as the bindings. Until you become a complete hut to hut fruitloop (sorry!), weight isn't the be all and end all. I'd set out on your current kit - if the cost of the skins doesn't indicate a change of ski.
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@treeslayer, It really depends if you are after the up or the down? Going light with the boots, skis, bindings makes the up much easier, but in general terms the ski back down worse. Going heavier for the down, makes the up more energy sapping.

I first toured on Line SFB's mounted with Marker Barons, which did the job, but weighed almost 3.5kg per foot. I did some 1000m days on those. I then switched to much lighter DPS skis with Dynafit bindings, at around 2.2kg per foot, which made the up so much easier, without compromising to any great extent on the down.

The expected snow conditions will also make a difference. Climbing up and skiing down in powder, will work with any ski, but if the conditions are hard pack or variable, edge grip becomes much more important.
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thanks for the input chaps, i reckon ill get some pin bindings on my fatties then!
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@treeslayer, touring skis tend to be relatively skinnier so I would have thought the Kendos better.

That said, recent ski ranges include quite fat touring skis.

Bear in mind though that often (if you're doing it for the touring) the descent can be on rather sketchy snow, and fat isn't always best.
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