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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)...
  16. 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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    Don't store your skis on their tails. This isn't...

    Don't store your skis on their tails. This isn't unique to Volkl.

    "But I should be able to stand my skis up in the corner."
    "Okay, then why don't you store them standing upside down in their...
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    Yes. Trust what they say they can do. If they say...

    Yes. Trust what they say they can do. If they say they can, they mean it. They take pride in meaning it.
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    I don't have an M5 (96mm). And I asked the same...

    I don't have an M5 (96mm). And I asked the same question last year-- Why two Mantras millimeters apart?

    My gut was telling me Volkl was trying to figure the ski out themselves. The 102 was simply...
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    It's not really a buttery ski for its genre,...

    It's not really a buttery ski for its genre, though.

    I'm on the back line and find it more turny than anticipated. I have zero reason to go forward. I mean, I'm not taking off hits buttering into...
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    Please. There used to be a cult developing...

    Please.

    There used to be a cult developing around the Renegade. I bought the 2013 Owl (#845, and signed, as they were White Room) and they are still pristine. They're amazing. They have well over...
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    Yeah, I think we’re thinking about it too much,...

    Yeah, I think we’re thinking about it too much, but it is fun.

    I’ve never skied an Explosiv but am aware of the cult.

    The Mantra 102 feels like a new cult ski now that it seems the shape...
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    “Thoughts on a fair price?” Dump the...

    “Thoughts on a fair price?”

    Dump the girlfriend.
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    Are they going to call it the Mantra 112?

    Are they going to call it the Mantra 112?
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    Apologies for the binding. But the ski shreds. The most versatile of my life... which is to be expected, I guess. What was not expected (but definitely...
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    Mantra 102 - where to mount it?

    If you stare from tip to tail along the profile of the sidewall, you'll notice the M102 has a very pronounced high point right near the center of the ski. For me, it's ball-of-foot. BOF, we used to...
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    Mantra 102 - where to mount it?

    Another perspective.
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    Handling them side-by-side just enhances my...

    Handling them side-by-side just enhances my belief that Volkl should have named the Mantra 102 the Gotama 2.

    I’m quite confident this ski will out-live its binding just like my Gotama did.

    The...
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    Didn't mean to cunt up your thread. Apologies.

    Didn't mean to cunt up your thread. Apologies.
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    Neither of you are talking about anything...

    Neither of you are talking about anything specific.

    Why are there 3 lines?
    Why is the recommended "the first line"? Why aren't all 3 "recommended" lines since they're all actually ON the ski? ...
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    You guys shred. Super stoked to see this humble...

    You guys shred. Super stoked to see this humble approach to real life. Please make more!
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    The 108 shreds. I'm not a marketing trickster. I...

    The 108 shreds. I'm not a marketing trickster. I skied it on melt/freeze groomers and was shocked at the edge hold and ability to release the tail. The tip felt slightly out of its element and would...
  42. A new ski to replace the Gotamas for $200?...

    A new ski to replace the Gotamas for $200? Wouldn't that just be another Gotama somewhere at a ski swap?

    On paper the 2020 reincarnate of the Gotama is the Mantra 102. Wanna buy a pair with...
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    301715 /End Thread. This was posted just to...

    301715

    /End Thread. This was posted just to prove that you're not worthy.
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    That's hard to answer because they're all kind of...

    That's hard to answer because they're all kind of your average mom-and-pop, mini-golf, private-like forest lines. Zao is big, as in vast. And I know my way around it... so it's my choice in Tohoku....
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    Not Hokkaido. Central Japan, but still north of...

    Not Hokkaido. Central Japan, but still north of Tokyo & Nagano. Zao. Where I own a home.
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    That was made in Reno. It holds 14 pairs of 190cm...

    That was made in Reno. It holds 14 pairs of 190cm modern-day pow skis.
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    These breaks that I get to write, to respond to...

    These breaks that I get to write, to respond to you, to react to those who want to hear more-- they're sought after.

    I wish I had more time. I want to tell the world my story. I think it's worth...
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    Kind of hard to bump this as there is actually a...

    Kind of hard to bump this as there is actually a bit of shame I've experienced but I guess that's part of the process.

    And I think I owe you all an update.

    I do have a tax ID as an...
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    I skied the Mindbender 108Ti 186 in spring slush...

    I skied the Mindbender 108Ti 186 in spring slush and melt/freeze and thought it was legit on groomers hauling ass. I also liked the turning radius for a groomer ski. I DID notice a little bit of tip...
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    So in the midst of my biggest mental breakdown to...

    So in the midst of my biggest mental breakdown to date, when I am at my lowest point in history I begin searching around me for life preservers. I begin asking for help.

    I call everyone I know...
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