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    Mantra 102 - where to mount it?

    Dude, read the first page of this thread. “The Mantra 102 should have been called the Gotama 2.”

    It’s sad, in a way, but yes— this is the ski that replaces our OG Buddha Gotama.
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    I find the whole rocker trend and shape...

    I find the whole rocker trend and shape revolution has made skis so easy to ski I can't fathom sizing down. I've been on something ~185cm for the last 25 years. Basically, the second biggest option--...
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    I only skied the MB99 for a few runs before...

    I only skied the MB99 for a few runs before switching to the MB108 and realizing it did everything the 99 could do (minus ice, which I don't ski.) But the M102 is better for me as a supplement to my...
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    I can't believe the night & day between men and...

    I can't believe the night & day between men and women. Are women in general just able to feather the surface more than agro bros? It seemed like the guys were all punching through some under layer...
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    My take is that if you're getting a deal on it,...

    My take is that if you're getting a deal on it, you probably won't regret the purchase. If you're building a quiver and want the cusp of 2020 design to last you 10+ years, you might want to look at...
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    I skied the Mindbender 108ti (18x?) last spring...

    I skied the Mindbender 108ti (18x?) last spring on slush and refrozen slush. I was surprised at how well it skied those conditions and said at the time that it would be my next ski. And if it were...
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    /Can't tell if bragging or being articulate. ...

    /Can't tell if bragging or being articulate.

    What an interesting field to be playing.
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    Let's chat this out. This is my first ski with a...

    Let's chat this out. This is my first ski with a variable sidecut. (I don't even know what that means in real life.) It's hard to understand the physics behind a short radius underfoot and a longer...
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    Ha! :rolleyes2 oops.

    Ha! :rolleyes2 oops.
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    Anyone know how similar a Lange XT3 is in fit to...

    Anyone know how similar a Lange XT3 is in fit to an RS 130?

    Also, any idea why the XT3 isn't in the catalogue?
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    https://www.newschoolers.com/news/read/The-Embarra...

    https://www.newschoolers.com/news/read/The-Embarrassing-Influencer-Ski-Video
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    SkiLyft, tone it down a bit there. You guys...

    SkiLyft, tone it down a bit there.

    You guys have about one year until all your secrets are gone and Tohoku is just as crowded as Niseko.

    Save it for your bros. No need to make it headline news.
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    Another one of the many tools we wish to never...

    Another one of the many tools we wish to never have to use.
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    Have you skied these two skis? Can you elaborate...

    Have you skied these two skis? Can you elaborate a bit?
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    I find that Blaze 106 to be really intriguing....

    I find that Blaze 106 to be really intriguing. Metal underfoot but nowhere else is a welcomed compromise. CAST on my Mantra 102 is quite the heavy 50/50 option. CAST on a Blaze 106 makes a lot of...
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    It's hard to understand why this comparison is...

    It's hard to understand why this comparison is coming up. Wren 96 or 108? Ti? I kind of feel like these are two different genres of skis in comparison to the Mantra 102.

    As an athlete, I'll keep...
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    For you K108 anticipators, the M102 has about...

    For you K108 anticipators, the M102 has about 1-2mm of camber per ski, with very subtle tip/tail rocker. It's a great mix in how it flexes. The camber disappears instantly while flexed, and the...
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    Big Sky rips skis apart. Next time you're there,...

    Big Sky rips skis apart. Next time you're there, ask to see a local's bases.

    Awesome to hear your 102 handled the abuse!
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    I'll back previous requests that the Volkl...

    I'll back previous requests that the Volkl Graphic Artists be fired. But perhaps it's the same artist as K2. They should be fired, too. Why do the freestyle lines get attention but the real skis...
  20. Thread: Best Balaclava

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    Rad balaclavas of rad poly finish are available...

    Rad balaclavas of rad poly finish are available for 4 dollars at your average home depot in Japan. These brands capitalizing on fleece offerings from China can fuck off. No major ski brand should be...
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    Sticky: Well, let's get specific. What is the profile...

    Well, let's get specific.

    What is the profile of that dream resort powder charger? What does it look like on paper if a Super Goat and a Bodacious had a baby?

    That's a pretty diverse group of...
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    Yes, the 184. I also don't think they feel...

    Yes, the 184.

    I also don't think they feel super long. I don't need more length, but I also wouldn't be intimidated stepping into a 191. The 184 is my shortest (all others are coincidentally 186)...
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    Well, let's just all go ahead and say that this...

    Well, let's just all go ahead and say that this marketing debut for the new Katana is falling flat on its face. Unless, that was the intention-- to get the buzz out before the delivery of an actual...
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    Thanks for that. I've always seen the Kusala...

    Thanks for that.

    I've always seen the Kusala as what the Renegade was trying to be. And the Protest has always attracted my eye for JP forests lines and maybe some bigger open lines that I get on...
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    Hey whyturn, can you give a few sentences on why...

    Hey whyturn, can you give a few sentences on why you didn't keep the Renegade, but did keep the Kusala? And... how does the Protest compare to the Renegade?
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    You're right and you're right. 12 Plastic, 15...

    You're right and you're right.

    12 Plastic, 15 Metal, 18 Metal makes more sense than a 12 Plastic, 14 Plastic, and 18 Metal. It gives skiers like me a higher quality option. It gives me a metal...
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    I got them for cheap as they were one of last...

    I got them for cheap as they were one of last season's demo pair floating around Japan, pre-mounted. So, while it's not my binding of choice, the ski is this weird combination of super easy and...
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    This was my assumption. I don't know why I feel...

    This was my assumption. I don't know why I feel strange about riding an 8-18 binding set at 8-9, though. Some sort of weird bias in my head.

    P15 Gold, please. Will replace the Baron on my Mantra...
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    Forgive my naiveté... is the P15 the same housing...

    Forgive my naiveté... is the P15 the same housing as the P18, just with a smaller spring? Can I use it with CAST?
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    Yes. Yes, it does. It means exactly that. ...

    Yes. Yes, it does.
    It means exactly that.

    Perhaps tricking the giant transfers is the best way to get rid of looking like a flung cat. Floating a 3 might be a lot easier than keeping your shit...
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    I thought Neil & Lorraine got along quite well. I...

    I thought Neil & Lorraine got along quite well. I also think they'll just get to know each other better. They actually improved in this one comp.

    That said, adding Martin into it would be a good...
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    With this new delay in distribution we get extra...

    With this new delay in distribution we get extra (more selective) camera angles during the review. I liked that a lot.

    Stoked to have Lorraine commenting. She knows her shit.

    The announcers...
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    I'm happy to wake up at 5am JP time for a show...

    I'm happy to wake up at 5am JP time for a show knowing it will be on. I'll reserve my judgements for later. I hope it's better than every other time I woke up at 5am for a comp's live feed. Or, 3am. ...
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    Fair enough. FWQ and Junior is growing in Japan....

    Fair enough. FWQ and Junior is growing in Japan.

    That said— gelende taxi is pulling all SNS headlines right now. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7gEhxrhX9G/?igshid=5nspoidoa2j0
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    My money is on Turdell.

    My money is on Turdell.
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    I was explaining to my wife (who is not of our...

    I was explaining to my wife (who is not of our tribe) why I was so bummed and I realized that it was because of the anticipation. I liked waking up at odd hours, tuning into a cloudy venue, waiting...
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    Kind of hard to understand the reasoning behind...

    Kind of hard to understand the reasoning behind no live stream in exchange for a clean edit 40 hours later. They already have the ability to produce a clean edit 40 hours later.

    Redbull TV kind...
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    In & placed my bet. Thank you, Nordekette! 1)...

    In & placed my bet. Thank you, Nordekette!

    1) Turdell
    2) Sasaki
    3) Tabke

    1) Paaso
    2) Tricomi
    3) Wessel
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    Yeah, I don't know why I was so crabby... edited...

    Yeah, I don't know why I was so crabby... edited my post.
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    I see where you're coming from. I get your...

    I see where you're coming from. I get your motive. But I don't think this crowd has the time or patience to articulate a pre-emptive approach to challenging FWT's standards.

    We (or maybe just I)...
  41. Let's not forget silk. My silk base layers are...

    Let's not forget silk. My silk base layers are the shit. Sierra Trading Post used to sell silk for the cheap.

    Who's the latest distributor?
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    Can this thread get back to talking about skis?

    Can this thread get back to talking about skis?
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    TLDR: The LP105 will go straight at mach-looney...

    TLDR:
    The LP105 will go straight at mach-looney with more confidence than an M102 and is therefore still the best all time comp ski.
    The M102 likes to turn any turn shape and does not fuss.
    The...
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    I’m not in the market but that’s where I’ll be...

    I’m not in the market but that’s where I’ll be turning if my Ren ever breaks. I love and covet that Hals construction of one sidewall-to-sidewall piece of core.

    Never once have I wished my skis...
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    Is this a trend? I thought Volkls were a staple...

    Is this a trend? I thought Volkls were a staple in the industry. Is durability dependent on the German factory? Because my German-made boards are the shit.
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    Fine. OP outlined his delam issues and paid...

    Fine. OP outlined his delam issues and paid special attention to not storing in water for some reason.

    Volkl is one of the most coveted brands in regards to durability.

    So which is it? Are we...
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    Let me clear this up. I'm referring to storing...

    Let me clear this up. I'm referring to storing after skiing. I used to store my skis in my locker at the hill after work either instructing or patrolling. And the snow would melt and form a puddle in...
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    +1 I'd like to hear more.

    +1

    I'd like to hear more.
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    This. When other reviewers are talking about...

    This. When other reviewers are talking about versatility, I think they are referring to how the 102 bridges the spectrum between carving and pivoting. It's kind of mind-blowing.

    Add an ability to...
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    It seems I'm outnumbered in the Gotama vs...

    It seems I'm outnumbered in the Gotama vs Explosive re-naming consensus. And I'll take the loss so long as we can all agree that naming the 102 a Mantra was a mistake.

    I think it's funny that we...
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