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    I too found that sensor feature to be ... a...

    I too found that sensor feature to be ... a little bit too clever?
    My review of the newer "Button" version is at the bottom here:
    https://skimo.co/pieps-micro-beacon-beacon

    This is also a worthy...
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    New avy beacon for 2021-22: BD Recon LT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D9FqAEJabM

    Or if instead of Swedish-accented English you prefer Polish-accented Polish:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa_fXvysUiQ

    Overall, looks like a...
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    Don't temp me!

    Don't temp me!
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    Besides those Dynafit "dealer accessory" Ti...

    Besides those Dynafit "dealer accessory" Ti screws (which I suspect that nobody has ever purchased), this is the only binding that I'm aware of that ever offered a Ti screw option:
    (from my FB FS...
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    ^ Cool, thx, lots of interesting options for us...

    ^ Cool, thx, lots of interesting options for us to check out!
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    FS: Field Guide to Snow Crystals, $12

    If you're into snow science, either you already have this little book or you should buy it.
    (No other options!)
    Lowest price I found on-line is $19 with shipping, and that condition was listed as...
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    Seems pretty easy to leave it on for 200 hours in...

    Seems pretty easy to leave it on for 200 hours in a freezer then try to search for an hour?

    Another option is that an electrical engineering prof at the state research university here has...
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    I agree that the battery discussion is totally...

    I agree that the battery discussion is totally on-topic. Really helpful too, really appreciate the feedback, thanks! All of this will be considered when Steve and I eventually write the full review...
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    2021 Feb 1 Mt Washington NH fatality rpt

    https://mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/avalanche-fatality-ammonoosuc-ravine/
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    Would have to be really loooong hut trip for an...

    Would have to be really loooong hut trip for an initially fully charged Diract not to last the entire time.
    And if the trip was that long, those little backup rechargers like this:...
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    I agree that this is the one potential drawback...

    I agree that this is the one potential drawback that gave me pause over an internal rechargeable battery.
    But given that each outing is a trivial % of the total battery life, I'm thinking that if...
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    Thx for the additional suggestions, lots of great...

    Thx for the additional suggestions, lots of great potential there, we'll be checking it all out!

    As for just using radios, cell reception is excellent, so no need for radios just to communicate...
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    I think the technology has improved a little bit...

    I think the technology has improved a little bit over the past half-century or so?
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    More like divide by 2 for both of them. Steve...

    More like divide by 2 for both of them.
    Steve has a zillion different range test results here:
    https://beaconreviews.com/ranges_receiving.php
    ... with the Pulse a pretty good proxy for the S....
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    Yeah, the range was ... adequate. I suppose. ...

    Yeah, the range was ... adequate. I suppose.
    Comprehensive range tests take me literally half a day, and I didn't have anywhere near that time to devote to this.
    On the magic carpet slope, I was...
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    Yep, that would suffice, thanks! Although an app...

    Yep, that would suffice, thanks!
    Although an app focused on beer would definitely have lots of appeal to many of the patrollers, especially since we can't all meet for pizza and beer after the big...
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    Yes, volunteer ski patrol, backcountry venue on...

    Yes, volunteer ski patrol, backcountry venue on state reservation.
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    There's an app for that -- or is there?

    Okay, so that phrase went out of style something like a decade ago.

    But seriously, what app could be used for a small backcountry ski patrol to serve as a virtual patrol sign-in sheet?
    (And yes,...
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    I found the voice implementation to be excellent....

    I found the voice implementation to be excellent. Just a couple additional messages I would include. And plenty of time for Ortovox to change that before the public release. (And perhaps even...
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    That's a really good point, I hadn't even thought...

    That's a really good point, I hadn't even thought about the connection with my AED practice!
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    Hah, good one! Although only one-way...

    Hah, good one! Although only one-way communication so far. (Maybe two-way capability will be added in the successor model...)
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    New Ortovox Diract Avy Beacon

    Tested on the magic carpet slope at North America's premier skimo racing venue of Berkshire East (but embargoed until Feb 1 as per the loaner terms), behold, the new Ortovox Diract!...
  23. "Token"? Our numbers are far beyond merely token...

    "Token"? Our numbers are far beyond merely token these days, hah!
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    Probably won't work b/c I've been incessantly...

    Probably won't work b/c I've been incessantly hitting refresh on the wx fx to see if for the first USSMA sanctioned skimo race I'm scheduled to organize this coming Sat in W Mass we'll have snow or...
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    I downloaded directly from the Play store, since...

    I downloaded directly from the Play store, since I heard about this from a poster here, not from Greg.
    Everything went well until I was scanning Position #2, then that was the end of that.
    Tried...
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    The Hagan springs are for the race model, which...

    The Hagan springs are for the race model, which have springs that are ever so slightly different than the Trofeo and BD equivalents.
  27. Thread: Arva Evo5

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    Agreed with all points here. (Although...

    Agreed with all points here.
    (Although personally I have not had it switch from Off to Send ... but that might be only because I intentionally turn it to Send as soon as I put it in my pocket first...
  28. Thread: Arva Evo5

    by Jonathan S.
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    As the co-author of that review, and a current...

    As the co-author of that review, and a current owner of that model, I can confirm the beacon's potential to inadvertently switch into Send, but *NOT* the opposite.
    In other words, it's the exact...
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    The review at BeaconReviews.com incorporates my...

    The review at BeaconReviews.com incorporates my experience with the original proximity sensor version:
    https://beaconreviews.com/Specs_PiepsMicro.php
    My experience with the new Button version isn't...
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    Ah, got it -- so the epoxy is kind of being used...

    Ah, got it -- so the epoxy is kind of being used more like filler, so you're letting it set up first to have something solid to crank into.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see_it

    (Seriously, it's just that feeling how it you turn it one more 1/4 turn that instead of tightening down it's gonna spin.)
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    Potentially helpful post here:...

    Potentially helpful post here:
    https://www.haganskimountaineering.com/blogs/news/tips-to-get-the-best-performance-out-of-the-new-hagan-hybrid-climbings-skins-especially-the-race-skins

    I have a...
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    I'm pretty sure that qualifies as a Slush...

    I'm pretty sure that qualifies as a Slush Avalanche:

    https://avalanche.org/avalanche-encyclopedia/avalanche/

    "An oddity in most of the avalanche world, slush avalanches usually occur in very...
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    Isn't that defeating the purpose of using epoxy,...

    Isn't that defeating the purpose of using epoxy, since the sequence of breaking the seal of the cured epoxy?
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    Just say No to any water-based glue! For (far...

    Just say No to any water-based glue!
    For (far too many) years I used woodworking glue, since ski binding glue is similar, and ski companies must know what's best, right?
    Then I finally listened to...
  36. The turns I've been making the past three days...

    The turns I've been making the past three days have been really nice, but hitting lotso rocks. So keep the speeds moderate, and also keep repeating the mantra that all backcountry skis are rock skis....
  37. Since you guys started it with the Wachusett...

    Since you guys started it with the Wachusett references ... here's the link to the new uphill season pass program:
    https://www.wachusett.com/Tickets-Passes/Tickets-Seasonal-Passes/Uphill-Passes.aspx...
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    If that's the generation I'm thinking of, you...

    If that's the generation I'm thinking of, you have to dremmel out the plastic stop for the boot toe, since they borrowed it from an alpine downhill jig, and if used as-is then an AT toe isn't seated...
  39. Yesterday was a bit more ... well, I wouldn't say...

    Yesterday was a bit more ... well, I wouldn't say quiet, given the howling wind (at one point when I was out of sync with my partner, his skintrack was already completely erased, even though he was...
  40. I used to maintain such a list for USSMA. But...

    I used to maintain such a list for USSMA.
    But became pointless once you could instantly find out the latest policy by searching on [Resort Name] Uphill Policy.
    So the list just became an exercise...
  41. A sure sign of a really weird storm system is the...

    A sure sign of a really weird storm system is the extensive posting here re WaWachusett.
    In an attempt to get out the word about possible dawn patrol changes (mainly just a fee system), I started a...
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    The LR spacing is the same as regular bindings.

    The L<>R spacing is the same as regular bindings.
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    Anyone here know what the difference is in ATK...

    Anyone here know what the difference is in ATK jigs between M05 vs M06?
    I have the M05, but looks exactly like the pictures of the M06.
    (Although my M05 also comes with a swap-in heel plate for E &...
  44. Webcam: brand new Logitech C615 not working?

    I suspect the answer as to why a brand new Logitech C615 webcam is not working is because ... it's broken.
    But wondering if I might be missing something here before I return it?
    Especially since...
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    Bunch of reviews here now:...

    Bunch of reviews here now:
    https://skimo.co/petzl-leopard-crampons
    ... including mine.
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    FS: Dynafit Beast 16 $99 (plus ship)

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    FS: Dynafit Beast 16 bindings, $99 plus shipping.

    I'm not the owner, just the "broker" of sorts.

    Original owner was, I dunno, someone on the internet.
    Purchased by a ski buddy who gave...
  47. Just saw this now -- yes, so true, glad somebody...

    Just saw this now -- yes, so true, glad somebody else remember that!
    Both my brother and I did that mod. I even scoured old discarded boot stashes to spread the love.
    My tongues were mismatched...
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    My review of both is posted here:...

    My review of both is posted here:
    https://skimo.co/pieps-micro-beacon-beacon
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    ^ Interesting -- and scary! They still work...

    ^ Interesting -- and scary!
    They still work great though as targets for beacon testing, since the longer slender housing makes the transmitting antenna very easy to align accurately for testing...
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    The extent to which that flaw could be replicated...

    The extent to which that flaw could be replicated was widely disputed. (I certainly couldn't get an M2 to do that.)
    Plus the fix was just getting a new battery compartment door in the mail, with a...
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