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  1. Probably worth a bump, considering that the...

    Probably worth a bump, considering that the Spring custom sale is on.

    ... Thom
  2. Damn! You did have to throw down the gauntlet...

    Damn! You did have to throw down the gauntlet now, didn't you ;-)

    ... Thom
  3. I've often pondered a variable base edge bevel as...

    I've often pondered a variable base edge bevel as well (not side), but not enough to try it.

    ... Thom
  4. Good question, and I'll wait for others to...

    Good question, and I'll wait for others to clarify/correct me. I dull go to the point where tip & tail tapers end: put the ski on its side (counter top works nicely) so the edge is contacting the...
  5. Dollars to donuts these folks haven't detuned...

    Dollars to donuts these folks haven't detuned their GPOs sufficiently.

    As I write this, it occurs to me that detune is an inappropriate term, implying somehow that the ski is indeed an...
  6. If you're ducking out of the gates, yer gonna...

    If you're ducking out of the gates, yer gonna have a pack, and beacon, shovel, probe, and skins, so an extra 250 grams for tech toes for your CASTS is no big deal.

    Yeah, logistics are definitely...
  7. So, back to my own personal, meadow-skipping...

    So, back to my own personal, meadow-skipping journey, it's been 3 days where it's +10 GPO, with nary a waver to the Ullr. Two or 3 more days, and I'm set to pull the trigger.

    Keith wrote the...
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    Not impressed either. Well, at least I now have...

    Not impressed either. Well, at least I now have two beacons for multi-burial search practice :-(

    ... Thom
  9. Ah! That makes more sense (much as it would have...

    Ah! That makes more sense (much as it would have been cool to drop that much weight by going from #4 to #3).

    ... Thom
  10. That's interesting. My nylon top, MAP/carbon / #...

    That's interesting. My nylon top, MAP/carbon / # 4 s come in at just about 2000g.

    So, dropping to flex #3 is good for more than 200g. in this width? That's more than I would have expected.
    ...
  11. Next Winter (assuming I ride lifts), comparing my...

    Next Winter (assuming I ride lifts), comparing my CD114s with your Rustler 11s would be an interesting experiment.

    Back to our regularly scheduled programming.




    I think it works the other...
  12. Sorry ... I missed the "fatter" part of your...

    Sorry ... I missed the "fatter" part of your comment. Ignore the following ...

    You sound like a possible candidate for Freerides. One thing about them however (Keith agrees), is that they get...
  13. Damn you all ;-) All I own are the 102s. ......

    Damn you all ;-) All I own are the 102s.

    ... Thom
  14. I had been musing about a non-asym Q as well. My...

    I had been musing about a non-asym Q as well. My sense is that it would be very much like my CD 114s, so I haven't pushed the idea forward.

    In my short time with the 187 GPOs, they started to...
  15. I'm guessing my 182 veneer GPOs (feel like Enduro...

    I'm guessing my 182 veneer GPOs (feel like Enduro / #4) don't have carbon. They feel very similar to my 182 Qs which were Enduro/Carbon/Veneer/#4.

    For touring in soft snow, my 182...
  16. The 187 GPOs skied like my 182 Qs, and my 182 CD...

    The 187 GPOs skied like my 182 Qs, and my 182 CD 114s.

    That was a key reason for my swapping the 187s for 182s - for a bit of variety. The Qs are gone, and the Downs and 182 GPOs compliment each...
  17. Poll: I don't see a selection for "Soul 7"

    I don't see a selection for "Soul 7"
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    Good catch. I was focused on comments about...

    Good catch. I was focused on comments about Phillips, vs. Posi-Drive vs. Torx. I couldn't believe anyone would consider mashing a standard binding screw into an M5 thread.

    ... Thom
  19. Well, with help from @grinch, and everyone here,...

    Well, with help from @grinch, and everyone here, my geekng out kept to a minimum. Keith wrote back to me and agreed about my short list of a +10 GPO and an Ullr. He did muse for a moment about a...
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    That was my point. How many tech binders are out...

    That was my point. How many tech binders are out there where you can get flat mode without some sort of reaching down to the heel piece?

    Tectons/Vipecs? I'm sure they are one or two others, but...
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    Every one needs to be spun to get flat mode. ...

    Every one needs to be spun to get flat mode.

    ... Thom
  22. Yup, my only inbounds ski mount at the moment has...

    Yup, my only inbounds ski mount at the moment has Aaatack ATs.

    That 10% isn't for 10% of the days, but rather for ducking out of the gates. I could always leave those skis home when there's a...
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    ^^^ yes ^^^ it makes for carrying more bits in...

    ^^^ yes ^^^ it makes for carrying more bits in your repair kit ;-)

    ... Thom
  24. Can't speak to Shifts, but my Vipec Blacks are...

    Can't speak to Shifts, but my Vipec Blacks are just fine. I recall @flowing alpy logging 100 day seasons on his Vipec/Rx rig.

    I'd love to say I log that kind of mileage but I'd be lyin'.

    I'm...
  25. Still seems like a lot of love for these skis,...

    Still seems like a lot of love for these skis, and I can see why. The folks who have unconditional love for them seem to naturally have a centered (Tabke) stance.

    I don't, and I found that I...
  26. Seems as if it could be a great mid-ground...

    Seems as if it could be a great mid-ground between "full" camber and CCR. Better grip on the skin track, too (than CCR).

    ... Thom
  27. Tip/tail taper: GPO & BPS are closer to each...

    Tip/tail taper: GPO & BPS are closer to each other. So ... a longer tip taper would mean a bit less abrupt and less deflection prone? That was my guess, and I think you're saying that.

    Ullr...
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    Ah! drilling depth. I didn't realize they...

    Ah! drilling depth.

    I didn't realize they sold a "fixed stop" bit. Years ago (when I received my kit - I believe from QK), it was one of those standard, barrel adjustable ones with two set...
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    ??? They're both bits for a 5/16-18 tap. Am I...

    ???

    They're both bits for a 5/16-18 tap. Am I missing something?

    ... Thom
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    Good stuff! I had a fail with the BF...

    Good stuff!

    I had a fail with the BF installation tool. It was no doubt, a bad batch. As I recall, the blade cracked. I dedicated a screwdriver to my installation kit. I ground down a blade...
  31. Yeah, I suppose I'm worse ;-) CCR ... dang. ...

    Yeah, I suppose I'm worse ;-)

    CCR ... dang. Do I take the red pill?

    The Ullr seems to be the closest to a fat GPO and the slight bump to 23m radius is real close to what I've found my sweet...
  32. Maybe a phone call and an offer for a "most...

    Maybe a phone call and an offer for a "most difficult" build would get it done.
  33. I'm wondering as well. I just wrote Keith one of...

    I'm wondering as well. I just wrote Keith one of my long-winded emails, and one of my questions was just that - whether I'm looking at a +10 GPO. This, and an Ullr with a shorter effective edge and...
  34. Run short or ski short? Straight pull on a 165...

    Run short or ski short?

    Straight pull on a 165 ought to be about 163.5.

    ... Thom
  35. About my only concern (and I'll be asking Keith),...

    About my only concern (and I'll be asking Keith), is whether I'll like the BPS's 31m radius in tight trees. Maybe an Ullr is closer to a fat GPO? I may be splitting hairs, and if demoing were...
  36. So, a heavy hitter Wootest 2.0?

    So, a heavy hitter Wootest 2.0?
  37. Been chatting quite a bit with @grinch (he's a...

    Been chatting quite a bit with @grinch (he's a bad influence) and he pointed out that BPS is a fat GPO with a more rearward mount, longer turn radius, and that crazy compound camber.

    With the...
  38. Did you mount SSLs to your Protests? Not that...

    Did you mount SSLs to your Protests?

    Not that it matters, but I'm giving serious consideration to a UL BPS with some light binders

    ... Thom.
  39. Custom sale is on! Same 3 levels of...

    Custom sale is on! Same 3 levels of customization as last year.

    ... Thom
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    There are so many more ways to screw up an insert...

    There are so many more ways to screw up an insert mount than a standard mount. Multiple 2x4 mounts and getting a few standard mounts under your fingers is the way to go.

    Shit! After 10 or so...
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    Maybe you should read that thread instead of...

    Maybe you should read that thread instead of shooting from the hip and propagating inaccuracies.

    Hint: it's about the Voyager/Raider/Freeraider risers.
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    FIFY. ... Thom

    FIFY.

    ... Thom
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    Actually, a UHMW interface plate and double-sided...

    Actually, a UHMW interface plate and double-sided tape, but yeah, @swissiphic rocks.

    ... Thom
  44. TL;DR, although my OCD appreciates the...

    TL;DR, although my OCD appreciates the thoroughness (and I'll return to a full read of this soon) ...

    It may well be that you don't have a Lange foot, but how can you judge a boot without molding...
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    I got 'em off ebay. They had STH12s on them. ...

    I got 'em off ebay. They had STH12s on them. I'm not sure of the year, but they were 187s (not the earlier 188s), with nylon top, stained glass trees graphics.

    ... Thom
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    I consider that to be one of my highest...

    I consider that to be one of my highest accomplishments for the day.
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    Today is April 1st ... right?

    Today is April 1st ... right?
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    Careful there, big feller ... we might have to...

    Careful there, big feller ... we might have to flag this thread as NSFW :cool:

    In all seriousness, I may have uncovered why I didn't bond with my Protests. They are customs, that I didn't spec...
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    Great deal from a great mag. Congrats to their...

    Great deal from a great mag. Congrats to their new papa.

    ... Thom
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    Scroll up to post #149 in this thread for mount...

    Scroll up to post #149 in this thread for mount points, or click this link:

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/319763-Get-Down-with-Down-(skis)?p=5490388#post5490388

    ... Thom
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