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    It's not just the weight - you could be 20%...

    It's not just the weight - you could be 20% fitter than your touring companions and able to drag more uphill - but the touring mode (i.e. range of motion) is also mediocre. Especially when boots like...
  2. Thread: Eddie Bauer?

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    I have some experience with Tabke's cast-off...

    I have some experience with Tabke's cast-off surplus FA stuff and it seems really nice, but yeah, I'm a dead bird guy . . .
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    Skis like the MIndbender 108, Rustler 11, and...

    Skis like the MIndbender 108, Rustler 11, and Völkl's upcoming new Katana (or whatever they end up calling it) are new school versions of that type of ski - moderate tail rocker rather than flat,...
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    x2 on the Cochise. Or maybe the Invictus 108.

    x2 on the Cochise. Or maybe the Invictus 108.
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    I have the Atomic version and the smallest number...

    I have the Atomic version and the smallest number is 6.
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    Atomic Backland Carbon is pretty good for driving...

    Atomic Backland Carbon is pretty good for driving as well, even with a 6-speed manual.
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    It transmits the movement data (Is the victim...

    It transmits the movement data (Is the victim still alive), among other things. Being able to update the software with another current beacon is nice, I was able to update a friend's recently with...
  8. Thread: Electric Greg

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    Badass, and an inspiration. Skied with him once...

    Badass, and an inspiration. Skied with him once at a Salomon event, and he's for real, just as nice as he seems in the vid.
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    I've skied both in a 186 (I'm your size and also...

    I've skied both in a 186 (I'm your size and also getting shorter); they are more similar than different. Heavy, powerful, don't really come alive until you're moving at a fair speed, tend to plow...
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    How skinny are your feet? First guess is you're...

    How skinny are your feet? First guess is you're overbuckling the instep buckle to reduce volume (Cochise is not low volume, especially in the instep), putting pressure on the deep plantar artery...
  11. I've never seen a LV Mach Sport, but it's hard to...

    I've never seen a LV Mach Sport, but it's hard to imagine Tecnica starting from scratch with a new last for their "comfort" boot.

    I've had both the Mach 1 LV and Hawx Ultra boots in my quiver,...
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    It works fine with brakes, too, as long as you...

    It works fine with brakes, too, as long as you hold the brake down with your hand while turning it counter-clockwise.
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    How well any liner molds depends on how much...

    How well any liner molds depends on how much closed cell EVA is in it, and where the EVA is located. There are many levels of OEM Intuition liner options, with most of the production boots getting a...
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    Actually it doesn't. They put that arrow on the...

    Actually it doesn't. They put that arrow on the top plate for the ST and FT bindings that use brakes so you wouldn't rotate it backward and trash them, but it makes no difference with the Speed...
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    That's really a 180, minimized by the marketing...

    That's really a 180, minimized by the marketing department to avoid threatening male dentists.
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    Epoxy is usually a good idea unless you have 200...

    Epoxy is usually a good idea unless you have 200 pairs of skis waiting to be mounted behind your bench, in which case you don't have the time. It's easy to have the toe slide OVER the nubbin when...
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    Salomon's graphic shows the titanal just below...

    Salomon's graphic shows the titanal just below the topsheet -...
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    We have all three versions in the store; they are...

    We have all three versions in the store; they are exactly the same.
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    One great thing about trim-to-fit footbeds is you...

    One great thing about trim-to-fit footbeds is you can stand on a number of options and choose the one that feels the best, while the effectiveness of every custom footbed, regardless of brand and...
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    I've had good luck rejuvenating older G3 skin...

    I've had good luck rejuvenating older G3 skin glue with the iron technique - I like to use the Black Diamond backing paper that I save from BD skins, iron hot enough to melt the glue (after picking...
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    The S7 for women (110mm waist) doesn't exist...

    The S7 for women (110mm waist) doesn't exist anymore. The widest they offer for women is the Soul 7 HD, roughly 6mm narrower depending on length.
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    That's a charitable way of saying it has zero...

    That's a charitable way of saying it has zero edgehold and is a liability getting back to the lift after your powder turns. Rossignol recognized this shortfall and the newer S series skis are better....
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    No need to go that deep, he's removed some...

    No need to go that deep, he's removed some titanal which reduced the pullout strength. Just remove the topsheet material.
  24. Thread: Which Wagon?

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    We've had 2 Volvo V70's (my wife's) and 2 Audi A4...

    We've had 2 Volvo V70's (my wife's) and 2 Audi A4 Avants. Had good luck with all of them. Was shopping for another used 2008 B6 Avant (last year of the 6 speed manual, and the low mileage cars were...
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    . . . bellowed tongue collapsed suddenly under...

    . . . bellowed tongue collapsed suddenly under load when skiing hard . . .
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    The hard plastic frame doesn't grind well. It...

    The hard plastic frame doesn't grind well. It liquifies easily and makes a mess of your sanding belt and/or needs to be trimmed with scissors afterward.
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    Ideal temperature for baking in a convection oven...

    Ideal temperature for baking in a convection oven is around 235 F. over 8-10 minutes. The K-Tech ovens used by every shop are set to 117 C. and cycle between about 225 F. and 243 F. so average around...
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    My rule of thumb is footbed in liner, liner in...

    My rule of thumb is footbed in liner, liner in shell, put on foot if it is more than 15mm shell fit. Sub 15mm shell fit is footbed in liner. liner on foot, OEM boot plastic bag over liner, slip foot...
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    Hey Steve, good to see you back. That is my...

    Hey Steve, good to see you back.

    That is my experience as well; the guy who has a degree and charges $500 for custom orthotics and the guy with a high school education who's built hundreds of...
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    Not crazy about the rock hard plastic sub-frame...

    Not crazy about the rock hard plastic sub-frame or only two real arch height options, but they work for many feet. The relatively high heel wrap doesn't always work for wide heels or midfeet. Pretty...
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    One of the thickest AT soles out there, vs a thin...

    One of the thickest AT soles out there, vs a thin ISO 5355 sole. Aren't you glad it moves that far?
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    The Tour Pro instep seems pretty average to me,...

    The Tour Pro instep seems pretty average to me, mine is moderately high and I had no problem. It is easy to get more instep room by grinding the bootboard, though, takes about 15 seconds.
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    How much of your skiing do you do sitting in a...

    How much of your skiing do you do sitting in a chair with no weight on your feet? Lots of footbeds were made in the day like this (Superfeet done with the vacuum bag fall into this category) and some...
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    Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro is 99mm and a great boot...

    Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro is 99mm and a great boot @ 1300 grams . . .
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    It's the class I would be looking at for a...

    It's the class I would be looking at for a "dedicated touring boot".

    The number of 98mm lasted touring boots is very limited (and nobody goes narrower unless you consider the Lange XT Free LV a...
  36. Mantra M5 or K2 Mindbender 99Ti. Look past...

    Mantra M5 or K2 Mindbender 99Ti.

    Look past sidecut specs, it is one of the most overrated ways of predicting how a ski will handle a turn. The Mindbender (18.5m), for instance, lays down a solid...
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    In the 1200 gram class, there are the Atomic...

    In the 1200 gram class, there are the Atomic Backland Carbon and Salomon X-Alp, both 98mm lasts. The Atomic skis better, the Salomon tours better.
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    I don't know any ski bootfitters who make hard...

    I don't know any ski bootfitters who make hard acrylic 3/4 length orthotics, it is pretty much limited to old-school podiatrists and pedorthists (most add a flexible forebody of leather or vinyl to...
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    Take any recommendation of a specific...

    Take any recommendation of a specific off-the-shelf footbed/insole with a grain of salt. They don't have your feet. You can stand on some in the store and if they seem to match your arch shape/height...
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    I'd say the overall flex of the Hawx Ultra 130...

    I'd say the overall flex of the Hawx Ultra 130 XTD and the Zero G Tour Pro is comparable, but the Atomic has more resistance early in the flex pattern and so might be perceived by some people as...
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    Not sure exactly what you mean by "insole." ...

    Not sure exactly what you mean by "insole."

    Sole, Superfeet, Sidas and Masterfit all make "trim-to-fit" insoles (not moldable, just trim them to fit in the shoe) and various levels of "moldable"...
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    188 Rustler 11 with Warden 13 and 180 Zero G 105...

    188 Rustler 11 with Warden 13 and 180 Zero G 105 with MTN, leave the XT Frees at home.
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    I haven't tried it. I felt I got them same...

    I haven't tried it. I felt I got them same results by simply not using the power strap.
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    The nice thing about the infrared heaters is that...

    The nice thing about the infrared heaters is that they are pretty much idiot-proof if you start cold with the 6 minute default setting and only use it on conventional alpine shells.

    However, they...
  45. No problem. I believe the ski is 102mm wide, and...

    No problem. I believe the ski is 102mm wide, and as mentioned above way better than the 115mm alternative.
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    I would ram some fine steel wool in the hole and...

    I would ram some fine steel wool in the hole and use a syringe to fill with epoxy.
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    West System G-Flex

    West System G-Flex
  48. Thread: Wagon Stoke

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    I also have the manual and it is fine.

    I also have the manual and it is fine.
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    Depends how close your gun is to the shell; if I...

    Depends how close your gun is to the shell; if I heated a Grilamid shell for 30 seconds at a distance of 1" I'd melt a hold through it. Go slower and see how it responds; you can always heat it more...
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    The actual melting point of most Grilamid...

    The actual melting point of most Grilamid compounds is higher but the transition from solid to a gooey mass is quite fast. The real issue is that a Grilamid shell is much thinner than a comparable...
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