During my Mt Baker circumnav trip, Dan's top cuff buckle failed on day three, and he simply started using a ski strap instead, including skiing down the expert-only Park Glacier headwall.
Two weeks ago on Baker with Ro and Apoorva, we met Rob and Mike, two skiers. Rob discovered on the approach that the top plate on his heel piece was starting to shear off, and the pins were no longer able to apply enough pressure to keep the heel locked in. But the tower was intact, and with a ski strap we were able to lash his boot into the ski.
These ski lash straps come in a variety of lengths, but I'd rather have to much strap then to short, so get the longest ones you can find. Many ski shops get them produced with their logo on the strap, so show some local love by buying from your shop instead of online!
|My solution: A ski strap under the back of the tower and over the arch of the boot. Rob elected to keep the tow piece|
locked in tour mode as well.