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    Don't let them get away. They are truly...

    Don't let them get away.

    They are truly special skis, and hard to find.

    Back on mine Monday-Thursday, with a freshly charged battery :-)
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    Gaijin, what do you end up doing? I have a...

    Gaijin, what do you end up doing?

    I have a couple of days on the Fischer 102fr now (with P18s). Chalky 'NZ variable' conditions, and they were actually very good. Skied those and my Dynastar Pro...
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    Had an almost religious experience today on my...

    Had an almost religious experience today on my Pro Riders. 4-6” of overnight powder, 40 people on the entire mountain, bluebird and no wind.
    Usual Craigieburn fare, with steep chutes fanning out...
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    Thanks, Greg. I'll probably get used to it. I...

    Thanks, Greg.
    I'll probably get used to it. I just really liked the powerstrap/buckle on my old Cochise 110.
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    Two days in my 130s now. Very smooth, yet very...

    Two days in my 130s now.

    Very smooth, yet very powerful. Skis great, and is comfortable at the same time..

    Proper walk mode. Only actual walking so far, as no touring in them yet.

    New power...
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    Got my 130s (size 28) and have had a good fiddle...

    Got my 130s (size 28) and have had a good fiddle with them. Here are my findings:

    -Walk mode hugely superior to that of my old 110s (size 27).
    -Less stiff than my old blue 110s. Go figure.
    -Very...
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    Found a pair of Fischer Ranger 102fr at a...

    Found a pair of Fischer Ranger 102fr at a bargain. They look and feel really good, and I'll whack some Pivot 18s on them for the NZ winter.

    If I like them enough, they'll get the Cast treatment.
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    That was so impressive. In every way. Total...

    That was so impressive. In every way.

    Total immersion. Learn to speak Urdu in a few weeks; engage with locals in a deep and respectful manner; do it all with style and flair and humility.
    ...
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    If you liked La Liste...

    ...here's another little treat:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_GnIMxHY7M

    La Liste came up in the FIFTY thread, and I remembered this little goody. It's not new, but it's bloody good. Insane...
  10. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Totally different ballgame. Different premise....

    Totally different ballgame. Different premise. The skiing in La Liste is the best I've ever seen, and it's my favourite ski film/video/whatev.

    I love this series, though, and it's great to see...
  11. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Viggo approves - but is too tired to post ...

    Viggo approves - but is too tired to post

    https://i.imgur.com/aNiiGYH.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/aNiiGYH.jpg279952
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    Sorry bud, been busy. Count me out.

    Sorry bud, been busy.

    Count me out.
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    That's a Praxis MVP! Truly, if you're after...

    That's a Praxis MVP!

    Truly, if you're after super versatile ski, and don't need the metal (and you shouldn't, I think, for Hakuba), then it's the perfect choice. Long mellow rocker tip and tail,...
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    Interested in the 115 14s. Any idea of shipping...

    Interested in the 115 14s. Any idea of shipping to Portland? (NZ Post forwarding facility).

    Cheers
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    Thread drift - sorry. Just bought a pair of...

    Thread drift - sorry.
    Just bought a pair of Ranger 102fr - 184 straight pull - and will mount them with CAST/Pivot, so we shall see. Will be my travel ski. They are stiff, have beautiful rocker (a...
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    Disclaimer: I have only been to Hakuba three...

    Disclaimer: I have only been to Hakuba three times, and only in Late Jan/early Feb, so my experience is limited.

    Despite bringing other skis, I have only ever skied my Protests. Yes, the snow...
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    Thanks for all the good advice. 130s size 28...

    Thanks for all the good advice.

    130s size 28 ordered.
  18. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Great stuff. I have more and more respect for...

    Great stuff.

    I have more and more respect for Bjarne Saln - and for Cody.
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    Good luck, mate!

    Good luck, mate!
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    Or Canale Pisse? I can't believe what they did...

    Or Canale Pisse?

    I can't believe what they did to the lift system there. For those of you who didn't know, there used to be a lift from the valley in the lower righthand corner of that photo to...
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    +1 Very!

    +1

    Very!
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    So much good advice in this thread. Thank you...

    So much good advice in this thread. Thank you all,

    Re Skeeze's last post, my aim is a travel boot. One that can drive my Monster 98s, LPs, yet also do a full day of touring. My old 110s have done...
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    Btw, interesting reading that original thread...

    Btw, interesting reading that original thread with the many references to how stiff the 2nd gen Cochise was. My 110 with Intuition liners feels as stiff as any other boot I've owned/tried.
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    Sounds good. Thanks for help and info.

    Sounds good. Thanks for help and info.
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    Thanks, mate. So the internal length is the...

    Thanks, mate.
    So the internal length is the same, but they've shortened the bsl?
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    Tecnica Cochise 130/120 Dyn 2019

    Couldn't find much on these here. Looking for general info, and comparisons to the older Cochise.

    Currently skiing the old blue 110 Cochise, which an Intuition HV Luxury liner has stiffened up...
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    What, no Whillans Ramp? :-) That was...

    What, no Whillans Ramp? :-)

    That was excellent, Mr Ruta. Great adventure done in style and good humour.
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    Just out of sight to the right are Malfatta and...

    Just out of sight to the right are Malfatta and Punta Vittoria - epic runs in a wild environment. Check the link below for more.
    ...
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    How's your shell fit in a 27.5 with your 28.1...

    How's your shell fit in a 27.5 with your 28.1 foot? Enough room for touring? You've got me thinking.

    Good luck with them!
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    The normal MVP is close to CCR, anyway. Deep,...

    The normal MVP is close to CCR, anyway. Deep, subtle rocker, both tip and tail, and minimal camber.

    I have the stock 187, and it's a very versatile ski, as the name implies. Too light to really...
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    Hey SoooL Could you throw a 184 on the scale,...

    Hey SoooL

    Could you throw a 184 on the scale, please? Just curious.

    Cheers
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    Sticky: SoooL for buying the remaining stock of Aurelien...

    SoooL for buying the remaining stock of Aurelien Ducroz LPs for a song, and generously offering them to us. Great effort!
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    Any NZ dealers?

    Any NZ dealers?
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    Very curious to hear more advice, as this sounds...

    Very curious to hear more advice, as this sounds like my feet. Anybody tried the Fischer Kore 1?
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    If that sounded cavalier, my apologies. Id be...

    If that sounded cavalier, my apologies. Id be dead keen, and honoured to take a pair, and would pay you straight away for later delivery. Tjenare.
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    Spent a season in Serre Che, and its a great...

    Spent a season in Serre Che, and its a great place. Can get skunked, though, if storms come from NW or N. Vicinity to La Grave huge bonus. Skied Alagna back in 1990 when the old lifts were in place....
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    Faaan, va bra! Well played, sir. Im sure they...

    Faaan, va bra! Well played, sir. Im sure they will get snapped up quickly, but if you end up stuck with a pair, I would buy a pair of either size (preferably 184 for less overlap) for later pickup...
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    The Alps are wonderful. Can confirm! ...

    The Alps are wonderful. Can confirm!

    Decompressing on Ligurian Coast after 2 weeks in Valle dAosta. 2 weeks of sun, corn, chalk, gelato, Gamay, touring, groomer ripping on Monsters, etc etc. TR...
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    Thanks guys. Lots of good ideas and advice. ...

    Thanks guys. Lots of good ideas and advice.

    For deeper winter conditions Id just bring my MVPs, but this is for slightly harder and shittier snow or spring conditions, hence the skinnier...
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    Travel Ski - solid, but somewhat tourable?

    Some advice, please.

    I'm looking for the elusive quiver of one travel ski. In Valle d"Aosta at the moment with Ms Island Bay, and we both brought two pairs. Monster 98s/Praxis MVP, and Volkl...
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    276545

    276545
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    Looking good, 2Funky! Real good. Thanks for...

    Looking good, 2Funky! Real good.

    Thanks for that. Makes them sound like a very good choice.
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    2Funky and Leavenworth, do you have a revised...

    2Funky and Leavenworth, do you have a revised opinion or more to add on the x106 as a travel ski/touring capable semi charger?

    Interested in a pair mounted with Cast. Obviously not for massive...
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    SiSt, Geo, or anybody else: super keen to hear...

    SiSt, Geo, or anybody else: super keen to hear more about the SD 105 187. Weight, radius, reviews maybe too?

    And congratulations on Mickael Bs outrageous Bec run.
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    Super good deal on Protos at freezeproshop at the...

    Super good deal on Protos at freezeproshop at the moment.
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    I'm so far from the level of the FWT guys that...

    I'm so far from the level of the FWT guys that it's a joke. However, of the skis I've owned/skied, the LP would be my choice for Bec des Rosses type terrain.

    Easy choice.
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    What a beast. Beautiful run.

    What a beast. Beautiful run.
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    Bravo!

    Bravo!
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    275772 275773 Excellent touring off Colle San...

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    Excellent touring off Colle San Carlo/Lago DArpy in Valle DAosta.

    Acceptable views from our lunch rock. Happy couple.
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    Crushing it, Chester! Looks wonderful.

    Crushing it, Chester! Looks wonderful.
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