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    How many of you have skied the 2021 Royal Family...

    How many of you have skied the 2021 Royal Family bindings with the redesigned heel?
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    Atomic's new Hawx Prime XTD 115 W might be a...

    Atomic's new Hawx Prime XTD 115 W might be a contender, too. They are starting to filter into some shops, but no 22.5 yet . . .
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    AX 115 is the women's version, which "might" be a...

    AX 115 is the women's version, which "might" be a little softer.
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    You mean the tech fittings? The fitting is a...

    You mean the tech fittings? The fitting is a solid piece of steel that runs all the way under the toe; it won't "spin."
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    Not exactly, most bootboards are lower at the...

    Not exactly, most bootboards are lower at the ball of foot and the mild arch could interfere . . .
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    Some people are more affected by ramp changes...

    Some people are more affected by ramp changes than others. I was able to ski OK switching between STH (+6mm) and Plum Guide (+18mm) and never raised the toes like most of my friends. I ski way better...
  7. Thread: New Gimp

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    My doc said not to get a cadaver allograft, they...

    My doc said not to get a cadaver allograft, they have the worst track record by far. He gave me a choice between patellar tendon BTB (using the middle third of your patellar tendon with bone bits...
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    Me too. Don't really do it for maintenance unless...

    Me too. Don't really do it for maintenance unless there is base/edge damage I can't fix by hand; don't change structure for spring. Last 5 pairs of new skis also got Phantom base treatment.
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    I went the real FIS GS ski route, and they rip (I...

    I went the real FIS GS ski route, and they rip (I detuned the side edge from 3 degrees to 2 to make them a bit 'friendlier" at normal speeds). Used the Blizzard Outlet site mtnlion suggested and got...
  10. Have you skied them? Unless you weigh 125 and are...

    Have you skied them? Unless you weigh 125 and are getting the 186? Planning on using them a lot in the park?

    I skied the 179 at rec and it was $money$ - 5'8" and 170.
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    And they are sweet, especially like the "raw"...

    And they are sweet, especially like the "raw" colorway . . .
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    They've shaved down/reshaped the rounded section...

    They've shaved down/reshaped the rounded section that your heel comes down on in the current binding, making stepping in only slightly more effort than a Tyrolia or Salomon heel. I've stepped into a...
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    You might change your mind next year. The 2021...

    You might change your mind next year. The 2021 Royal Series and Duke PT are excellent.
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    Interesting data point for me - I skied the 183...

    Interesting data point for me - I skied the 183 Bonafide and found it tip heavy, balky and hesitant to turn at any speed below full gas. Then, on the advice of the reps (who know me fairly well), I...
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    Not to second guess Jim, but they make the RS SC...

    Not to second guess Jim, but they make the RS SC in a 90 and 70 flex as well. Same 97mm fit.
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    Let me guess, you are 21 years old now?

    Let me guess, you are 21 years old now?
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    I would set the gap @ 5.5mm instead of the...

    I would set the gap @ 5.5mm instead of the original 4mm. (Use the white wishbone gap tool instead of the yellow solid gap tool).
  18. pas du tout!

    pas du tout!
  19. Thread: TOKO NF WAX

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    Yeah, non-fluoro will be "friendlier" but I'm not...

    Yeah, non-fluoro will be "friendlier" but I'm not convinced it will be faster. Stockpiling 900 gm bars of LF8 and LF7 just in case.
  20. Thread: New Gimp

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    Don't set "time frame" goals, your knee has a...

    Don't set "time frame" goals, your knee has a schedule of its own. Use what your doc and PT say as guidelines, but don't get too caught up in it.

    I did what Mofro says, rode the trainer 1/2 hr....
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    PPS I usually punch the shell/cuff first...

    PPS I usually punch the shell/cuff first (commonly the maleolus is where they overlap), then put the liner back in and punch again to shape the foam. Normally use the large solid silver ball you get...
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    PS Not every bootfitter is good at locating...

    PS Not every bootfitter is good at locating maleous punch zones. I like to put the liner on the foot, have them kick back so they are all the way back in the heel pocket, then put my finger on the...
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    Unweighted was common 10-15 years ago, or if you...

    Unweighted was common 10-15 years ago, or if you went to a Superfeet shop. Lots of podiatrists still do it. These days almost everyone in ski shops is using either a Sidas or Masterfit (Instaprint)...
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    You don't punch the liners if you can help it,...

    You don't punch the liners if you can help it, they are only 3-4mm thick and you want to retain some padding. You can stretch the liners with a broom handle and light heat, but chances are you need a...
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    This is the ankle bone (medial maleolus) or...

    This is the ankle bone (medial maleolus) or navicular (bony area below and slightly forward of the maleolus)? Both areas are punchable, assuming you just want to alleviate the pain. You can also...
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    I haven't exactly downsized with age, but I've...

    I haven't exactly downsized with age, but I've changed the type of skis I prefer.

    Ten years ago I was on 184 Legend Pros, 105/115 and 185 Cochise/186 Bodacious pretty much all the time. Heavy...
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    First year of the boot was called the "XT...

    First year of the boot was called the "XT Freetour" and was, as Thom says, only WTR. If this is what it says on the cuff of your boot (not "XT Free), then an Amer MNC binding (Warden 13, 11, Shift),...
  28. Thread: Ski Bluewood!

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    He's three. Loved skiing the Magic Carpet(s) and...

    He's three. Loved skiing the Magic Carpet(s) and the parking lot. The sled pulled by an actual John Deere tractor up to the lodge was a huge hit as well.
  29. Thread: Which Wagon?

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    I have one on the other coast.

    I have one on the other coast.
  30. Thread: Which Wagon?

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    -What do you consider super awesome mileage? Last...

    -What do you consider super awesome mileage? Last weekend I averaged 31.5 mpg over about 12 hours of driving @ 80-ish (it said 35mpg, but my winter tires are 10% smaller in diameter than summer)....
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    Why do you assume shop "B" will be any better? Or...

    Why do you assume shop "B" will be any better? Or the guy who mounted your skis isn't working at shop "B" next year?
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    That's the spirit, mount your own fucking skis....

    That's the spirit, mount your own fucking skis. That way, when you dimple the base you'll have no one to blame but yourself and do just as we suggest.
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    #1: Won't make any difference. If it was my ski,...

    #1: Won't make any difference. If it was my ski, and I'm fucking picky, it would whack it a couple times with a hammer and give it 2 passes on the stone, then never think about it.

    #2: It will...
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    A single pair of custom footbeds (made 7 years...

    A single pair of custom footbeds (made 7 years ago in a style that has been for the most part abandoned in the ski industry) by a single bootfitter (no matter how famous) doesn't represent the...
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    You realize that not everyone has your foot, eh? ...

    You realize that not everyone has your foot, eh?

    I tell people that the vast majority of skiers will be more comfortable and ski better if they have a footbed that works for their physiology.
    ...
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    The Mon Royale Yotei Powder Hood rules in my...

    The Mon Royale Yotei Powder Hood rules in my closet, too. Have the green and the black and wear them about 4 days a week, both for skiing and work. The best quality Merino in the business, great...
  37. Thread: Ski Bluewood!

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    Just missed you, Steve. We were there with the...

    Just missed you, Steve. We were there with the grandson Monday . . . like you said, everyone was super friendly, yurt on top was cool, lot only 2/3 full even on a holiday.
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    Black Crows are made either in the Elan factory...

    Black Crows are made either in the Elan factory in Slovenia or the Atomic factories in Austria or Bulgaria, depending on model. None of their skis are made in China.
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    I would say shim under the binding, it's fairly...

    I would say shim under the binding, it's fairly quick and permanent until you switch skis.

    I doubt heating the cuff will do much on a Vulcan, as the carbon/acrylic resin doesn't really get softer...
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    Partially. A good punch won't go all the way...

    Partially. A good punch won't go all the way back, even with 10 minutes in the oven. At 12 minutes the bootboards start to melt.
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    No help with Michigan bootfitters, but you can...

    No help with Michigan bootfitters, but you can probably fix the instep issue yourself with a bench mount beltsander. Take the bootboard out (the white styrofoam thing under the liner with a bunch of...
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    Neither. Epoxy doesn't flex enough, super glue is...

    Neither. Epoxy doesn't flex enough, super glue is best for hard materials with perfect surface contact (i.e. broken ceramics).

    We generally use Weldwood contact cement in the shop, apply to both...
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    In stores already in Seattle.

    In stores already in Seattle.
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    I think they had dye left over from the Hawx...

    I think they had dye left over from the Hawx Ultra XTD soles at the factory . . .
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    The pointy toe and narrow toe box are easy to...

    The pointy toe and narrow toe box are easy to fix, but the roomy ankle and heel is not.
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    Federico Sbrissa is now at Tecnica, but works...

    Federico Sbrissa is now at Tecnica, but works primarily on hiking boots.
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    Brant Howell is the man at Sturts. Steve Forsythe...

    Brant Howell is the man at Sturts. Steve Forsythe is also in the group of old school bootfitters who are still at it. Martin Rand is apparently taking his retirement seriously.
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    Who are these four guys?

    Who are these four guys?
  49. Thread: Le Pivot, Raw

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    They were a limited "shop incentive" colorway . ....

    They were a limited "shop incentive" colorway . . .
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    Take the footbeds out of the boots and stand on...

    Take the footbeds out of the boots and stand on them barefoot, in your normal ski stance. Roll your feet toward the outside and back, watch that the shape of your arch matches the curve of the...
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