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    just gotta remember to blow air back into the...

    just gotta remember to blow air back into the pipe after you take a drink.

    my backpacks water pouch sits up against my back, so it doesn't get cold even on real cold -20c/-5f days, but the pipe...
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    nevermind. thanks for moving their release date...

    nevermind.
    thanks for moving their release date forward to suit my travels.
    a few pair of these arrived today.
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    any update on the lebent lesend lesock? im in Oz...

    any update on the lebent lesend lesock?
    im in Oz for 3 weeks before heading back to Japan. was hoping to pick up a few pair while here.
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    A bit of a dump; was supposed to be quick and...

    A bit of a dump;
    was supposed to be quick and short, but it turned out to be a long post anyway :/

    yes Niseko is very easy for first timers. Easy to get to and from with all the western targeted...
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    i have seen a company that takes mercedes truck...

    i have seen a company that takes mercedes truck seats and converts them into office chairs. its a good idea, theyre already designed for long term use.
    also there are specialized seats that i think...
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    i suppose it depends on your/their objectives,...

    i suppose it depends on your/their objectives,
    when I had some, full rocker skis let me get away with being a real lazy skiier. wiggle turns are a whole lot easier and more relaxing and fun when...
  7. unless you're playing against them. thats when...

    unless you're playing against them. thats when you bust out the big guns ;P
  8. "gaming" is nothing to do with bandwidth at all,...

    "gaming" is nothing to do with bandwidth at all,
    wifi, both 2.5ghz and 5ghz, adds a huge amount of latency, jitter and packet loss to your connection. enough that even noobs like me can notice it....
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    wax for sure. i bought a pair of previous...

    wax for sure.
    i bought a pair of previous seasons stock, that had been stored untouched in a warehouse still in their plastic wrap.
    they had dried out, slightly furry, almost to the point of...
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    daym I just found out about this series, and...

    daym I just found out about this series, and binge watched like 20 episodes in a row until 4am last night. ended up down the rabbit hole with bonus videos and some weird old backcountry clips that...
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    if you had more days at each your resorts i...

    if you had more days at each your resorts i wonder if you would have taken advantage of it? like random occasions on a whim. im always thinking about that when working out which passes to buy.
    off...
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    dont all "locals" hate everyone else anyway? i...

    dont all "locals" hate everyone else anyway?
    i sure do
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    im based up in Hokkaido, say hi if you end up my...

    im based up in Hokkaido, say hi if you end up my way.
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    confused its like people are feeling like...

    confused
    its like people are feeling like they're missing out because their bindings aren't part of the recall?
    do you really need to fit in to the anti-marker bandwagon so much that you wish you...
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    mr google suggests its about 1h away, but on...

    mr google suggests its about 1h away, but on winter roads i think you could add another 30-45mins to that. huge blizzard witeouts on those roads too, sometimes i have to drive white knuckled and with...
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    re guiding; fly 5000 miles, burn shitloads of $...

    re guiding; fly 5000 miles, burn shitloads of $ in airfares, accommodation & miscellaneous expenses, eat out every night at expensive restaurants whilst buying fancy cocktails, but waste your...
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    furano gets less snow than here, lighter tho....

    furano gets less snow than here, lighter tho.
    even so, personally i probably wouldn't bother bringing anything else ;p
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    i remember seeing baggage pickup locations in the...

    i remember seeing baggage pickup locations in the departure area of narita airport that had hundreds and hundreds of bags piled up everywhere. seems like a lot of people do it.
    i dont remember...
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    JAL used to be really good for flying with skis....

    JAL used to be really good for flying with skis. Sounds like they've had to start charging more.

    I usually ship my luggage via Yamato (black cat) whenever I arrive, because ive usually got heaps...
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    i see splits all the time, otherwise any snowshoe...

    i see splits all the time, otherwise any snowshoe tracks i see are following existing or several day old skin tracks.
    but i did see some idiot gaijin trying to snowshow up iwanaopuri last year, up...
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    150 lol. im not a fan of the whole opposite...

    150 lol.

    im not a fan of the whole opposite sidecut shaped ski so my opinion is biased. plus with a collection of 200 and 190 skis i assume you're taller and heaver than me too, im 180ish cm tall,...
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    yeah you just rock up at the airport and do it....

    yeah you just rock up at the airport and do it.
    i get the form backwards every time, but my luggage still arrives :)


    you can rent a phone or rent a wifi pocket router and carry it around...
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    for a basic start, you can turn the terrain...

    for a basic start, you can turn the terrain feature on in google maps and get topo maps.

    ive also been using the backcountry navigator android app for a while because i bought it ages ago and it...
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    unlimited grip on most soft snow. no need to do...

    unlimited grip on most soft snow. no need to do any sort of stomp to get grip in mediocre snow because all your weight is already in mid.

    on steep but soft snow they sucked at holding an edge on...
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    yeah you basically rock up at airport, dump your...

    yeah you basically rock up at airport, dump your bags, tour n shit.
    jp tourism is already targeting you. they have a "Japan: Hands-Free Travel" promo n everything....
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    let us know if you find anything. im in the same...

    let us know if you find anything. im in the same boat.
    i just ordered a cheap and nasty and probably illegal uv lamp online thatll take a few weeks to arrive. ill see how dodgy it is first before...
  27. any steep stuff is short and you get mega sluff...

    any steep stuff is short and you get mega sluff buildup every turn.
    if its steep it doesnt accumulate much snow anyway, it mini-avalanches away while its snowing so you dont get any epic face shots...
  28. Ive never used them, but i've been hearing a lot...

    Ive never used them, but i've been hearing a lot of good things about Whiteroom. Some of their product descriptions seem to indicate they have a bit of flexibility about where to take you each day...
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    go glutes definitely. crushed a couple of...

    go glutes definitely.
    crushed a couple of vertebrae a few years ago, but i still chase the endless winter. by the end of the season with superman quads of steel i still couldn't make it through the...
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    where did you find the fine print?

    where did you find the fine print?
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    I would certainly recommend more than 1 week....

    I would certainly recommend more than 1 week.
    Especially if you're coming peak snow season in jan or feb.
    We often get huge blizzards that come through that close out everything for a day or two,...
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    Niseko Hirafu used to have more, but they cut it...

    Niseko Hirafu used to have more, but they cut it back a bit a few years ago and stopped night skiing on king 3 because nobody was using it (id literally be the only one skiing there, with like 8...
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    still building up the guts to go full hog like...

    still building up the guts to go full hog like you have! every year i say ill try this time, but still dont. seeing your video gives me confidence that I still can.
    i have damaged (and in some cases...
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    i live in Hokkaido near Niseko, say Hi if you're...

    i live in Hokkaido near Niseko, say Hi if you're nearby.
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    Day passes mean you can be more flexible. Biggest...

    Day passes mean you can be more flexible. Biggest mistake people do is lock themselves into one place and cant adapt based on the weather.
    It'll be more expensive, and its the absolute worst queuing...
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    im currently wearing a norrona narvik goretex...

    im currently wearing a norrona narvik goretex shell jacket that specifically had a longer fit to it.
    its damn near a skirt on me, but it is what i wanted.

    pretty sure the narvik line has been...
  37. i havent done it myself, but last year a friend...

    i havent done it myself, but last year a friend organized black cat (aka yamato, aka taqbin) to come pick up his ski bag on a specific date and time and ship it to the airport, and he left the bags...
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    youd have 4 (more?) ski resorts within 30 minutes...

    youd have 4 (more?) ski resorts within 30 minutes drive. the small ones are big enough to 1 day there each, and you can get 2-3 days out of kiroro.
    1 hour away is niseko's 4 resorts and moiwa.
    2...
  39. >15 years of nonstop winter with many longhaul...

    >15 years of nonstop winter with many longhaul flights in between. au/nz -> japan -> usa -> au/nz etc, and airlines have only lost my baggage twice.
    ive had more delays with aircraft malfunctions...
  40. ive investigated several times, and it almost...

    ive investigated several times, and it almost always turns out cheaper to pay the extra baggage fees to fly with them instead.

    perhaps instead, when you arrive you can drop them off at yamato...
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    spot on. even at niseko, if you...

    spot on.
    even at <shock>niseko</shock>, if you can traverse more than 10 meters and know where to go you're almost guaranteed fresh all day.
    elsewhere in hokkaido the mountains are smaller, but...
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    they sound about right. niseko had a good...

    they sound about right.
    niseko had a good dec-jan-feb last year and other areas missed out a lot.

    however the snow inland can be considerably lighter. sometimes so light its like dust and takes a...
  43. Poll: im not buckling up super super tight touring, but...

    im not buckling up super super tight touring, but i am at 75% tightness.
    i hate when its slopping around. and like XXX-er said, I most certainly get blisters if theyre too loose.
    feet seem to sweat...
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    compared usa, europe and even honshu, hokkaido...

    compared usa, europe and even honshu, hokkaido resorts have a small vertical.
    but i dont think massive vert is the objective of most maggots heading to japanland (i didnt say tourists, because...
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    i personally target a bit shorter turn radius,...

    i personally target a bit shorter turn radius, because i spend a disproportional amount of time in the trees.
    but with a 122mm waist you're gonna bound through that deep stuff nice and easily....
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    i dont think youll have any problems with...

    i dont think youll have any problems with quality.
    and i would be surprised if whiteroom didn't have some skis you can rent, or surely at least point you in the right direction.

    by quality i've...
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    correct. march is possibly fickle compared jan...

    correct. march is possibly fickle compared jan feb where you expect 30cm every day.
    but the huge storms mid jan feb can often be too much. too much wind and it scrapes it down to ice or the lifts...
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    key words: "decently skilled". if you can...

    key words: "decently skilled".
    if you can traverse on a face for more than 10 meters without losing ground and/or bitching about it, then you can surpass "decently skilled" and easily find untouched...
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    when talking to one of the local ski shops last...

    when talking to one of the local ski shops last season they seemed to indicate they had 10+ people break their 2015/16 kingpins that way.
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    [QUOTE=XXX-er;5403001] it is probably mostly...

    it is probably mostly markers fault too, the communique he linked literally says all bindings recalled.

    you are correct about taking into account all info sources too. i especially love bad...
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