Telemark Gear Evolution Ep.1: Boots

This season, I will try to go back in time.

I will ski set ups equivalent to the ones I had 20+ years ago moving forward

in time to what I’m skiing today.

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This is just a just chalenge I gave myself when I found those beautiful leather boots.

And my goal is to become good enough to patrol in those before the end of the season.

Here is the Equipment I will use:

Set up Vintage:

  • vasque leather boots.

Early 2000 set up

  • Garmont Veloce

2010 set up

  • Crispi XR

2020 set up

  • Crispi EVO WC

I will gatther skis in the next few days and present the different setups.

Every week I get emails asking me about changing from a 20 year old setup to something new and for my advice.

I want to reconnect to those feelings and share my thought

It’s just that, for me, I’ve always changed gear and I remember skiing crazy lines at Whistler on my Tua 70mm skis, with my Scarpa T2’s and I want to know if gear really makes us better.

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  • Alexander R G Faust

    Hi Rene, I am only just starting my adventure into Telemark skiing. I recently signed up for your emails and appreciate all the very beneficial information you impart.

    My question is regarding boots. I am an alpine skier and wear Lange RX130 boots sized at 26.5. I ski aggressively and can usually get 40 to 50 days on the slopes. I have been told that I should go up a size for Telemark boots. What is your opinion? What foot feel should I expect? My alpine boots were very tight/snug when new, as you would expect. Is that what I should expect in a Telemark Ski?

    Kind Regards,

    Alex