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Retrofitting Tech Binding Holes Into existing Boots

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So let's say a guy wants to use skis to approach climbs but climb in mountain boots not ski boots.

Has anyone ever successfully retrofitted the holes for tech bindings into an existing non-ski boot? Are there cobblers that can do this? Like if one could get an old pair of Koflachs or something and then get a new sole put on that takes tech bindings for modern AT skis?

Seems like it might be cheaper than spending $1000 for the dead bird ski boots that purport to climb like climbing boots.

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This question has been asked on the ski forums before, so maybe search there. Talk to Lars and Silas at CAST bindings.

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I met a guy in the Alpental backcountry last year who had tech inserts in a pair of Koflachs that he used with a split board. Probably the weirdest setup I've ever seen. But it's definitely possible!

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Yes, I would say talk to CAST. They do exactly that for alpine ski boots.

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Year old thread... I know.

I have been going fast and heavy by wearing my ski boots (Sportiva Sideral 2.0) for long approaches, carrying my climbing boots. But it is heavy and makes for a cold change over (twice!). However, finding patches of good snow and good skiing is certainly better on the way out with a real ski, boot, and bindings.

For shorter approaches, Silvrettas continue to be the binding of choice for me. However, I have thought about making some boot soles that would attach to the ski boot like a crampon, and then have tech fittings to integrate with my touring skis.

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