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    Cool, thx!

    Cool, thx!
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    Also just noticed that the Outdoor Gear Lab...

    Also just noticed that the Outdoor Gear Lab review claimed the binding has only one heel elevator position.
    Granted, the higher position gets you only another half cm, but still, the binding is...
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    Wow, good eye -- I never noticed that! So...

    Wow, good eye -- I never noticed that!

    So playing around with a pair, yes, you're correct: mounted the way on the ATK website, the contours of the binding allow for more clearance of the boot...
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    I remember that passage very well! I found that...

    I remember that passage very well!
    I found that statement when I first read it to be both motivating and daunting.
    But after I went through the experience of skiing extensively in three different...
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    Now tied with this new model:...

    Now tied with this new model:
    https://skimo.co/arva-evo5-beacon#tab-review
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    It's to help any searching beacon. The idea is...

    It's to help any searching beacon.
    The idea is to avoid transmitting on a vertically oriented antenna, which will have suboptimal alignment with the beacon of any rescuing (except for a searcher...
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    I have this old list of additional educational...

    I have this old list of additional educational resources:
    https://avycourse.blogspot.com/2010/04/additional-educational-resources.html
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    Interesting observation -- thanks for sharing...

    Interesting observation -- thanks for sharing that perspective.
    I haven't read the book front-to-back thoroughly since, hmm, whenever the first edition came out.
    That first reading motivated me in...
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    Correct on the binding design. $145 plus...

    Correct on the binding design.
    $145 plus shipping from 01002
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    She's wonderfully consistent about not speaking...

    She's wonderfully consistent about not speaking up:
    "Confidential details about her admirably cautious spending habits, however, were revealed in an article her ex-husband wrote for theNew York...
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    Atomic RS:10 skate skis 190cm with Pilot skate...

    Atomic RS:10 skate skis 190cm with Pilot skate bindings.
    Only light use, by a friend who stopped nordic skiing many years ago, and finally gave them to me to sell.
    Length is 190cm. By looking at...
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    Pretty much the only helpful aspect of her...

    Pretty much the only helpful aspect of her article have been your posts -- much appreciated!
    (And too bad the NYT doesn't see fit to publish anything from you instead.)
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    I was thinking of that too:...

    I was thinking of that too:
    http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/jetforce-tour-26-BD681324_cfg.html
    Like you wrote, zero travel worries, and super-easy system reset.
    But pretty significant...
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    Thanks for posting this -- I too found this...

    Thanks for posting this -- I too found this article interesting, but only for the insight into the perspective of a nightmare of a student for any fellow course instructor.
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    Any recent experience with this system for air...

    Any recent experience with this system for air travel within the U.S.?
    This new model sure is tempting:
    http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en/jetforce-ul-26l-BD6813380002S_M1.html
    TSA is very...
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    Here's my Duetto review:...

    Here's my Duetto review:
    https://skimo.co/grivel-duetto-helmet#tab-review
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    I think the First Order version has better...

    I think the First Order version has better peripheral vision?
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    Orange poop. That version is still available...

    Orange poop.
    That version is still available cheap on closeout, but the newer version is more ... refined?--
    https://skimo.co/petzl-sirocco-helmet
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    They sometimes also have used toe pieces for...

    They sometimes also have used toe pieces for sale, worth an email inquiry.
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    Helpful comparison chart here (mixing in...

    Helpful comparison chart here (mixing in climb-only helmet and dual-cert):
    https://skimo.co/compare-helmets

    Informative video here for the new dual-cert Grivel:...
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    This is now available:...

    This is now available:
    https://skimo.co/grivel-duetto-helmet
    Essentially a take on the original Petzl Sirocco, but all angular instead of crystal dome style, and somehow beefed up a bit so it...
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    Not exactly: Petzl paid a testing agency to run...

    Not exactly: Petzl paid a testing agency to run some tests according to the official protocol, but exactly what standards the helmet did (or did not) pass are entirely unknown to the public....
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    The former.

    The former.
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    Glad to know I'm not the only one who has dropped...

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who has dropped a binding mounting screw and then proceeded to fumble around looking for it!

    For anyone who really wants to get into mounting these bindings, this...
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    Both the Micro and Evo5 take only a single AA....

    Both the Micro and Evo5 take only a single AA.
    But regardless of that, I weigh beacons with batteries.
    For those particular models, I never bothered weighing them with the harnesses.
    And with the...
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    I often stop at the McDonald's in town on the way...

    I often stop at the McDonald's in town on the way to the first race venue to use the bathroom.
    I'll scout out the AED next time I'm there!
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    For this race:...

    For this race:
    http://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/course-layout-bolt-at-greylock.html
    ... the trailhead is about a minute or two from town EMS, so an AED could be at the base far faster than we can...
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    The new Arva Evo5 is essentially tied: I weighed...

    The new Arva Evo5 is essentially tied: I weighed it at 5g more than the Micro, and the size sure seemed to be a draw.
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    Here's their brief blurb:...

    Here's their brief blurb:
    https://www.foremostequipment.com/repairs/
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    Okay, good points, thanks. But setting aside...

    Okay, good points, thanks.
    But setting aside Fleabay, lots of refurbished models:
    https://www.foremostequipment.com/aeds-refurbished/?sort=priceasc
    I'll email them to ask about exactly what their...
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    It covers backcountry races with no AED up high...

    It covers backcountry races with no AED up high on the hill, so any used AED stationed at the top of the course would be a potential improvement.
    And do used AEDs have dead batteries? Or just...
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    Since there are already ski forums in which...

    Since there are already ski forums in which people ask about buying really old used avalanche beacons that were poorly rated models in their day, no need for AED forum participants to chime in on...
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    Buying a used AED?

    One of my backcountry ski touring partners is a heart attack survivor in his late 60s who is accustomed to pushing his limits from bike racing until recently and as a highly competitive runner before...
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    The recall at the time entailed only a new...

    The recall at the time entailed only a new battery compartment door. Ortovox disputed that the claimed problem could ever be replicated. I still have a couple of those units that were given to me,...
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    The new Evo5 is a sweet little model. Mine...

    The new Evo5 is a sweet little model. Mine arrived just in time for the Eldora skimo races this past weekend. Hoping to run it through some formal testing this coming week.
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    Steve is in the process of updating the website...

    Steve is in the process of updating the website now. (Sorry for the delay, kind of late this season.)

    The beacon model of the OP lacks any marking feature, and in general was kind of a budget...
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    PA4 is very rare in almost any size. I then...

    PA4 is very rare in almost any size.
    I then started reading great reviews of the Vredestein Wintrac Pro, which came out last year in Europe, yet is absurdly rare here.
    A regional sales rep checked...
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    Yes, but race toes are very pricey, yet save...

    Yes, but race toes are very pricey, yet save relatively little weight, especially relative to the new alu Radical toe.
    By contrast, race heels are relatively inexpensive from Plum or...
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    If you want to go all-out Franken, the Dynafit...

    If you want to go all-out Franken, the Dynafit toes here:
    https://skimo.co/dynafit-binding-toes
    ... for $180/pr in the newer alu version of the Radical are only an ounce heavier per foot than race...
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    Half-decade thread bump! Curious if anyone here...

    Half-decade thread bump!
    Curious if anyone here ever bought this:
    http://www.allskijig.com
    Yes, I have the Jigarex, along with a bunch o' plates, plus some specialized skimo race jigs, but...
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    Heh, yes, very true! Although overall it does...

    Heh, yes, very true!

    Although overall it does make sense for the WS series models, since if you're driving a classically chunky winter tire like that, wouldn't want to keep using the tire for...
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    Depends on the Blizzak model:...

    Depends on the Blizzak model:
    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=116#lm22
    ... since the LM line, like this current model:...
  43. FS: '14 Subaru Impreza AWD sedan in Western Mass @~96k miles for $7,950

    Facebook listing here with pics:
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2459657344116359/

    One-owner (my wife) vehicle in perfect mechanical condition. Clean title. Almost all maintenance and...
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    This is the only source I found previously:...

    This is the only source I found previously:
    https://garneau.com/us_en/junior/apparel/bottoms
    Bought the Request model for our daughter. Very nice. Probably nicer than most of my own bike shorts....
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    Those mid July turns looked surprisingly legit. ...

    Those mid July turns looked surprisingly legit. Skiing for the sake of skiing for sure, but far from the usual July 4 snow arch sketchiness.

    I'm thinking about Thursday, since I've never skied in...
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    Congrats, glad to hear that!

    Congrats, glad to hear that!
  47. Taking the earning of my turns more seriously...

    Taking the earning of my turns more seriously now: cargo e-bike to the trailhead!

    Well, maybe not.
    Okay, definitely not.

    Actually, VW Arteon.
    (Noticed it first via a promotional blurb in the...
  48. FS: '15 Subaru Legacy AWD sedan in Western Mass @~106k miles for $8,495

    Safe, reliable, roomy, and practical all-wheel-drive transportation, with surprisingly loaded features for this trim level (e.g., rear back-up camera, infotainment touch screen, six interior lights,...
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    So after I posted again about this, remember that...

    So after I posted again about this, remember that I had ended up just using a bunch o' bungees for that trip.
    Then either later that season or the following season, a friend asked if a friend of his...
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    Some of those models were under consideration...

    Some of those models were under consideration (sort of), but some are just more of the same compared to Subaru.
    For our needs, a crossover is pretty much all about impracticality.
    And don't...
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