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    I feel your pain...... it hasnt been as epic as...

    I feel your pain...... it hasnt been as epic as the last two winters and my still truly awesome Vwerks Katana would love the company of a narrower brother.

    Does anyone have the weight on a 178...
  2. My take as well. I interpreted the results as...

    My take as well.
    I interpreted the results as 'put the lateral release on your ATK a notch lower and you'll be fine' . But I am an ATK fanboy and may be biased as such.
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    I recall Blister seemed to think so. No...

    I recall Blister seemed to think so.
    No personal experience with this ski, but highly intrigued, as with the new katana (although a bit sceptical there as well). If I wasnt facing compulsory quiver...
  4. So if I understand correctly from quickly ...

    So if I understand correctly from quickly skimming through the table, the freeraider' s lateral release is way too strong, i.e. one would do good to tone that one down a bit?
    Will read the whole...
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    Sticky: aight, got it.

    aight, got it.
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    Sticky: thanks for the great comparison bry. Very...

    thanks for the great comparison bry. Very insightful. If my OG cochise ever die I would love to get me a M102.

    what is EE though?
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    @wasatchback: What is the weight of the new...

    @wasatchback: What is the weight of the new Cochise like? Similar to the old Cochise or more towards the Rustler weight? (i.e ~2300 gr or sub 2000 grams in a 185? )
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    Is it me or are we seeing a revival of the...

    Is it me or are we seeing a revival of the heavier, 2 sheets-of-metal ski's? Katana108 and Mantra 102, Dynastar's new line, Salomon with a line?, new Cochise ? I think it is great, never really got...
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    Is this new 191 cm Nordica 115 Free the same ski...

    Is this new 191 cm Nordica 115 Free the same ski as the current 191 Enforcer Pro?
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    Impressive collection from Dynastar, lean but...

    Impressive collection from Dynastar, lean but sensible.
  11. It allows for a triple radius, which Iíve been...

    It allows for a triple radius, which Iíve been told is all the rage these days.
  12. Redster club sport, head raptor RS, technica...

    Redster club sport, head raptor RS, technica Mach1, Lange RS are all non-plug heavy boots?

    But they all expand under the instep buckle to some degree, that is how an overlap boot flexes.
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    stiff skis preferably

    stiff skis preferably
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    Yet I have (old) freeride spacers with a speed...

    Yet I have (old) freeride spacers with a speed radical. Improves the binding significantly. No issues
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    Sticky: Yes to that comparison ^^^

    Yes to that comparison ^^^
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    For real? That is good news....

    For real? That is good news....
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    I've been using the spacer for years, both with...

    I've been using the spacer for years, both with an ATK freeraider and with a speed radical. For those who doubt its use, insert a boot into a speed radical (or similar binding where the boot just...
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    well now.....

    well now.....
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    THe $200 is a bit hefty to put into old(er) boots...

    THe $200 is a bit hefty to put into old(er) boots I feel. Especially since touring boots have progressed so much over the last few years, I'd consider putting in a bit more and getting a modern boot...
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    Agreed, but for the price, that could be a bit...

    Agreed, but for the price, that could be a bit lower. I mean, after all those years it could come down a bit eh?
  21. thanks, good to hear. Looking for a boot for my...

    thanks, good to hear. Looking for a boot for my better half as well:
    How does the volume compare between the lupo and Roxa?
    Does the Roxa come in a 22?
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    They are rebranded ATK's. Enough info on ATK here...

    They are rebranded ATK's. Enough info on ATK here , use the search. But the summary is: ATK is fucking bomber, way better than dynafit (imho). Simple, light and sturdy. I've been skiing the ATK...
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    How does the tech binding increase performance?...

    How does the tech binding increase performance? Or do you mean bc of the ramp angle?.

    I've only had my ZGTP out on a few tours with decent snow so too early to say, but they ski really well. I...
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    ^^ this times ten. Do enlighten us. Will it...

    ^^ this times ten. Do enlighten us. Will it replace the Vwerks katana? Or the Confession?
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    with the emphasis on niche. I think the vast...

    with the emphasis on niche. I think the vast majority of consumers never ever remounts a ski.
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    Sticky: First of: Wow, secondly: - How do you decide...

    First of: Wow,

    secondly:
    - How do you decide what skis to ski on any given day?
    - How much time do you spend looking for deals if you can get skis for an average of $23 ?
    - Do you realize you...
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    True, I probably should've said 'why very few...

    True, I probably should've said 'why very few boot companies do this'.
    Still I think the amount of people that are willing to spend additional money on a boot for a better liner is very small. Most...
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    Julbo Aerospace, lets you open the goggle for...

    Julbo Aerospace, lets you open the goggle for airflow. I thought it was pretty stupid until I tried it and its great.
    But if I am skinning i take of my helmet and goggles (duh).

    But really: just...
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    Although I agree, I think the average customer...

    Although I agree, I think the average customer doesnt feel the liner difference as much as the price difference it will entail. Which is why no boot company does it.
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    Leo, have you been to Heierling in Davos?...

    Leo, have you been to Heierling in Davos? Granted, they do not carry an excessive collection of ultralight touring boots, but I can vouch for their skill in fitting. It doesnt come cheap but they...
  31. ^^ This. It even comes in red.

    ^^ This. It even comes in red.
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    ^^ That is definitely wack. And not the first...

    ^^ That is definitely wack. And not the first time. I am holding off until quality control improves.
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    No they are just freezing their asses off because...

    No they are just freezing their asses off because their clients are so fucking slow.
  34. I've also gone the tape method on various...

    I've also gone the tape method on various radicals. It works (sort of). Also adding a ATK spacer improved the skiability of speed radicals significantly. But I think the brakes on an FT do more or...
  35. It is too bad they didnt manage to get to the...

    It is too bad they didnt manage to get to the market ~2 years ago, that would've given them a better start. Now they have to compete (catch up) with the shift and second gen Cast. I dig the whole...
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    1) I think you mean the year before when they...

    1) I think you mean the year before when they switched from Guide pro (basically a cochise in lighter plastic) to the Tour Pro
    2) I think slightly narrower and a lot less volume in the cuff? The old...
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    Only have experience with the 184 VW Katana, but...

    Only have experience with the 184 VW Katana, but it is nails. I use it for touring with a lightweight binding, but I've considered buying a second one and mounting with a shift. Definitely capable...
  38. Did you also find the same machine screws for the...

    Did you also find the same machine screws for the toe piece didnt work with the 914? front two too long, rear two too short? only about a mm or so but still....
  39. Does the liner have laces? done up? Just leave...

    Does the liner have laces? done up? Just leave the liner on your foot when taking the shell off? That's the way I go with most boots.
  40. Cool. Was a bit worried it might be less stable...

    Cool. Was a bit worried it might be less stable because it is not solid plastic, but seems like you didnt experience any issues there?
    Goin to be a sweet MNC compatible CAST setup!
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    Any overlap boot with a walk mode will ski a bit...

    Any overlap boot with a walk mode will ski a bit different than a rigid spine boot. But to say therefore they arent 130 is false.
    Plenty of overlap boots ski super well and the difference with rigid...
  42. has anybody mounted a solly 914 on an STH cast...

    has anybody mounted a solly 914 on an STH cast plate?
    I wanted to switch my STH16 toe for the 914 toe, because the latter has a sliding AFD, so it will be a bit safer to use with touring soles....
  43. I would go: spoiler(s) in the rear, booster on...

    I would go:
    spoiler(s) in the rear,
    booster on the liner (below cuff)
    but a boot with smaller cuff will probably be more snug?
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    Sticky: Damn, that is a lot of CAST.

    Damn, that is a lot of CAST.
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    Sticky: How do you like that 2020 freeraider with the...

    How do you like that 2020 freeraider with the brakes at the back vs the previous ones?
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    I think the trick is a good bootfitter. my feet...

    I think the trick is a good bootfitter.
    my feet are 26.0 and 26.5 cm and ive been very happy in various iterations of cochise and zero G in a 25.5. I once had a 26.5 and it was horrible. I tour a...
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    You should add this to your sig. Best bootfitting...

    You should add this to your sig. Best bootfitting analogy i've heard so far.
  48. Granted, I never skied the metal katana, but own...

    Granted, I never skied the metal katana, but own OG cochise and Bodacious. I think the vwerks katana is an awesome ski. Not the burliest baddest ski, but a very capable ski.
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    seems to echo the sentiments in the blister...

    seems to echo the sentiments in the blister review. Rather meh. Ok, but nothing exceptional.

    One thing to remember when looking at pro athletes on a certain model is that they are very very good...
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    Ok, expected more of a shift like device. This...

    Ok, expected more of a shift like device. This is... interesting for sure. Just hope they tested for snow clearing, cause reassembling that toe piece looks like a nightmare, but I hope to be wrong. ...
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