So can you!!!
Here's a little bit about me and what I ski:
Me: Lady, 27 years, 5'9", 135lbs, love deep fluff and the colors deep purple and bright green!
Location of skiing: Mostly Western and Central Colorado
Type of skiing: Downhill-mostly resort, some side and backcountry
Ski: '11 Liberty Double Helix 174
Boot: Tecnica Agent 80 26.5
Binding: 4FRNT Gr8ful Deadbolt 15
AT setup of choice: MFD Alltime (obviously) Tyrolia/4FRNT System
So, I have officially had an entire season to ski my Liberty/Alltime/4FRNT setup in the backcountry and in every resort condition possible. And let me say, I cannot wait til next season! The one thing I have to say about the Alltime is...EASY!
I have to say honestly (because a lot of folks question this), being a mostly resort skier transitioning into the backcountry...on every decent, no matter where I was or what I was skiing, I had absolutely no idea the MFD's were even there. I noticed not a single issue with flex, no issues with the heal piece releasing, ever. I didn't notice any extra weight apart from my fairly wide medium heavy skis, bindings and boots while sitting on the lift or jumping off things...it all felt quite like it should!
I know that snow build up is a big concern with all of Marker's AT bindings, being that snow and ice get compacted into the area of that lever thing used to lock the binding back down to the ski. I never had a single issue while touring in this system with snow build up interfering with anything. On occasion depending on the wetness of the snow, it does pack in the space between the plate and the ski, and on occasion I feel a little stick in the heal, but with a few simple taps of the heal to the ski with your legs, the snow falls right out...like I said, it has never really gotten in the way, tapping is just fun to do!
There was one time I did notice excessive build up only at 0 degrees, to the point where I wasn't quite walking flat and had to put the plate on it's highest riser setting and do a couple hard taps to get the snow out. That day I was doing my avalanche training and it was about 40 degrees on the top of the Grand Mesa in a flat field with no new snow in weeks. As we were tromping around probing and such, the super wet, sun baked, heavy snow packed in between my skis and plates fairly easily. But I never had to take my skis off to scrape out the snow, just put the riser all the way up and gave em a couple good hard taps and out the snow fell. I was VERY pleased with the Alltimes that day, especially after watching another gal in my class having major build up issues with her new Dynafit bindings and boots. If there was any snow in the binding or on the boots anywhere, her skis popped off with every step. She spent half the class just digging out snow from her toe piece with her bare fingers.
A lot of people will get all huffy, puffy and stuffy and stick their noses up at the idea of touring in downhill bindings, especially those most concerned with weight. And do I wonder what it would be like to tour in AT boots, sure. But, for me, my biggest concern was stability, durability, stand height and cost. For this system I had to by new bindings and the plates. I found some fantastic bargains and it cost me no more for this setup that a pair of Dukes or Barons and I sit lower and more naturally on the ski. And I feel like I have something under my feet that is going to stand the test of time! As far as comfort goes, I obviously didn't buy this system to go on multi-day tours with, just some day longs and some sidecountry on top of my regular amount of resort skiing. I feel very happy knowing I didn't have to go out and lay down an even larger chuck of change for a new pair of boots. My feet absolutely love my downhill boots and comfort has never been an issue! I figure I am young and one day I will venture into that super light weight stuff, maybe even tele. But for now and I know for years to come, I LOVE the MFD Alltimes and just don't want anything else under my feet!
As a side note: My ski partner (also a lady) purchase the MDF Alltime Salomon/Atomic system to go on her Liberty Jinx skis and LOVES everything about em too! She had some concerns in the beginning of the season, as most do when they buy new equipment. But they quickly faded and she has forgotten everything she was worried about.
Like I said, we are girls and if we love em...so will you!!!
Here's a quick raw clip demo I did on my way for a little afternoon tour.