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  1. My brief foray with 187s was at -1 and I didn't...

    My brief foray with 187s was at -1 and I didn't feel the need to go farther back. If it weren't for tight trees, I would have kept them. Instead, I swapped them out for my ol' faithful length and...
  2. I've run at -1.0, -1.5, -1.75 on a few different...

    I've run at -1.0, -1.5, -1.75 on a few different GPOs and binder combos (Warden MNCs, Vipecs, & BD Helio 200s). I've liked all three mounts and skied them with a similar stance (center-forward).
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    A rounded home plate shape FTW ;-)

    A rounded home plate shape FTW ;-)
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    Just a guess ... that the beacon was anchored to...

    Just a guess ... that the beacon was anchored to the table with double sided tape?

    ... Thom
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    Luke adds the weight for you (Luke - notice...

    Luke adds the weight for you (Luke - notice smiley which follows) :-)

    ... Thom
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    That's parallel to my sizing - 9.5 on my large...

    That's parallel to my sizing - 9.5 on my large foot, 25.5 shell, Tour Wraps.

    Performance fit (about 12mm shell fit), narrow heel, bony ankle.

    5' 9", 165. The Pros don't feel too stiff (flex...
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    As far as a transmit only device, I suppose it's...

    As far as a transmit only device, I suppose it's viable for an inbounds skier - electronic Recco, if you will. I recall someone posting here that ski patrol's search sequence is beacon, then Recco....
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    Good post. Earlier, I missed the part about the...

    Good post. Earlier, I missed the part about the delay between unlocking and sliding. That obviously increases the probability of a failure.

    As far as your usage is concerned, that would seem to...
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    My post #1 in this thread has that info. It's...

    My post #1 in this thread has that info. It's not up to date with respect to this years' models, but yeah ... minimal ramp (8mm) on the Helio 200s (Haute Routes) and about 3mm when you remove the...
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    Beat me to the punch on DSP's ;-) Seriously...

    Beat me to the punch on DSP's ;-)

    Seriously however, post on Gear Swap ... ya know ... where folks buy, sell and trade.

    ... Thom
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    I agree, that bringing the binder into the...

    I agree, that bringing the binder into the country is a good thing, and as I mentioned above, Luke is to be applauded for this.

    I can however, get really grumpy when I read market bullshit (as...
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    Wow! Great market-speak. No tinkering required...

    Wow! Great market-speak. No tinkering required ... if you like a 7mm delta.

    Waiting for your next release: VSA - variable stance adjustment (adjustable ramp via multiple shims).

    That being...
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    And who is the arbiter of what's right? ......

    And who is the arbiter of what's right?

    ... Thom
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    Buy it from @spyderjon, get his shims, or...

    Buy it from @spyderjon, get his shims, or alternatively, ask your local plastic shop to let you rummage through their scrap bin for some UHMW (cutting board material).

    ... Thom
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    Understood (reluctance). I'm in Erie, about 30...

    Understood (reluctance).

    I'm in Erie, about 30 miles South of you. One more member of the caravan as we burn extra gas - socially distancing our way to the trail head in separate cars ;-)

    ......
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    I don't see where you're wrong, other than not...

    I don't see where you're wrong, other than not being able to scale a photo on the interwebz. Shame on you ;-)

    Taller toe = shim/thicker base plate (what ATK did for them).

    Marketing spin? You...
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    You moved?

    You moved?
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    I was about to comment that it's not as if the...

    I was about to comment that it's not as if the Raider/Freeraider are pitched forward like earlier Dynafiddles, Plum Guides, etc. (17mm), but yeah, coming down to 7.5 brings them more into line with...
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    Yup ... > 10 years. I got my DSP Pro in the...

    Yup ... > 10 years. I got my DSP Pro in the 06/07 season.

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ Also I'm shy about wearing it in...

    ^^^ this ^^^

    Also I'm shy about wearing it in a pants pocket. Admittedly, taking a hit in the ribs with it would suck, but that much of a hit means things have gone South, and some bruising would...
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    I haven't been on the 350 (or any Raider...

    I haven't been on the 350 (or any Raider variant), but the 200 feels solid to me. They went on a pair of GPOs which previously had Vipecs mounted on them. Of course, I take these out in soft snow,...
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    Holy shite!

    Holy shite!
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    Pocket carry vs. harness carry would be a...

    Pocket carry vs. harness carry would be a statistic I'd like to see as well.

    Also, how many of these beacons look like @schindlerpiste's - as if they were dragged behind a car?

    Me? I baby...
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    And this makes sense. My 2006 DSP pro (about...

    And this makes sense.

    My 2006 DSP pro (about to be retired) has its "equilibrium position" as send. IOW it's easy to slide into send, but requires a conscious effort to switch from send to...
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    doh!

    doh!
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    Heel slope? Do you mean ramp angle? The...

    Heel slope? Do you mean ramp angle? The Freeride Spacers won't change that. You're still looking at a toe shim (assuming the heel is too high for your taste).

    ...Thom
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    Same here ... I rarely see folks doing the...

    Same here ... I rarely see folks doing the "shuffle" to clear their toe sockets either.

    ... Thom
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    Aspect + altitude (Steamboat). ... Thom

    Aspect + altitude (Steamboat).

    ... Thom
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    A toe pin placement example ... the toe fittings...

    A toe pin placement example ... the toe fittings on my previous generation mango Maestrales were 15mm behind the front of the toe. On my Zero Vs, it's 10mm.

    ... Thom
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    Ripping myself as much as anything else ;-) ...

    Ripping myself as much as anything else ;-)

    It's so hard to pick the "right" ski, even with the help of our internet buddies.

    Selecting something similar to a ski you like is never a bad thing....
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    My worst Praxis decisions had the prettiest top...

    My worst Praxis decisions had the prettiest top sheets. My "uglier" ones are a perfect match for me. Just sayin'.

    ... Thom
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    Skis + bindings for the win. A hole in...

    Skis + bindings for the win.

    A hole in perfect agreement (drilled with an end mill) with a questionable template is still a questionable hole.

    The binding is the ultimate template. Just ask...
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    If you have a mill, then I'd modify the template...

    If you have a mill, then I'd modify the template based on test mounts with the binding in hand.

    I find templates in general to be "hand drill" accurate.

    ... Thom
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    Better to be OCD before the mount than after ;-)...

    Better to be OCD before the mount than after ;-)

    I always think about future boot selections (BSL), and I currently mount for my Zero-Gs, but bias the mount to allow for a lighter, shorter boot. ...
  35. Remember those point/counterpoint articles that...

    Remember those point/counterpoint articles that Dawson & Dotsie used to do in Couloir mag?

    Seems as if this is now Lou and Louie (the latter, liking adj. poles).

    ... Thom
  36. That would explain a lot. I haven't dug into the...

    That would explain a lot. I haven't dug into the gear related posts over the past 18 months or so. Lou's were good. Even if my tastes/biases didn't line up with his, they were a good read.
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    You'll notice much, much more difference between ...

    You'll notice much, much more difference between various boots' stances (ramp angle) than a 2.5mm shift.



    NO! With a 5mm BSL change (or any boot change for this matter), check your forward...
  38. Smart fellows indeed, and I'm fairly certain...

    Smart fellows indeed, and I'm fairly certain they're running a lean operation with outsourced production, and minimal operating expenses.

    ... Thom
  39. It would be interesting to see what they have...

    It would be interesting to see what they have gathering dust in the warehouse.

    Hopefully, the boys will get a chance to recharge/refresh. Running a small company can be brutal.

    ... Thom
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    Hopefully, this will be a positive break for the...

    Hopefully, this will be a positive break for the guys. The good news being that they're smart about their infrastructure investment - outsourcing manufacturing and keeping the variable costs low.
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    This should be the Trofeo Plus. Download it from...

    This should be the Trofeo Plus. Download it from here (but as always, check before committing): https://www.atkbindings.com/en/downloads-2/

    ... Thom
  42. Any word on whether Simen and Geo are direct...

    Any word on whether Simen and Geo are direct shipping to the US without the necessity of a Summer group buy? ... not that my bank account really needs to know the answer ;-)

    ...Thom
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    Obviously, I don't want to dictate what you...

    Obviously, I don't want to dictate what you should be comfortable with, but still, I am curious ...

    If you're talking about heavy angulation, aren't you talking race width skis in harder snow,...
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    ATK - metal.

    ATK - metal.
  45. Well, since you're in search of professional...

    Well, since you're in search of professional consultation to navigate the Epic terrain, you must not be the lawyer ;-)

    ... Thom
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    Mount 'em so they work @BSL=293, eh ;-)

    Mount 'em so they work @BSL=293, eh ;-)
  47. https://youtu.be/m6kFCNsnQpQ

    https://youtu.be/m6kFCNsnQpQ
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    Damn! I knew there was something I didn't do...

    Damn! I knew there was something I didn't do this Summer. Still time ... (I do stinky jobs outdoors).
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    That's awesome! I'm attending the virtual one...

    That's awesome! I'm attending the virtual one (normally held in Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 14-16. I posted it in this forum as well.

    I might just have to sign up for this one as well.

    On a...
  50. Bumping, 'coz it's getting close ...

    Bumping, 'coz it's getting close ...
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