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    Again, I started this thread with that very...

    Again, I started this thread with that very question given my similar experience with both versions of Katanas and multiple Mantras. If I had to do it all over again I would mount it right where I...
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    Sadly I hear that it's a bigger version of the...

    Sadly I hear that it's a bigger version of the M5. I hope this is bad beta, but I fear not.
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    Actually I do. I have the green dragon full...

    Actually I do. I have the green dragon full metal 198cm Katana, a 191cm V-Werks Katana, and as stated a slew of previous Mantras and now the 102.

    As a benchmark nothing touches the full metal...
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    Which is why I stated in an earlier post "to...

    Which is why I stated in an earlier post "to oversimplify ... ". Catch up will ya.

    BTW I just spent 4 days at Big Sky which was my first time there. What an awesome mountain. The Big is just,...
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    It's why I started this thread, and definitely...

    It's why I started this thread, and definitely ski specific, but I can tell you that -11 on this thing is not like on other Volkl's that were similarly far back.



    Yes (haha). Consider my last...
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    Yeah, difficult decision to make there if you...

    Yeah, difficult decision to make there if you can't ski them before you buy. There are a lot of factors to consider, but to oversimplify - if you're comfortable pushing the longest size made of the...
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    Who are you gonna believe? Me or your lying...

    Who are you gonna believe? Me or your lying eyes? :)

    The differences are certainly subtle, but consider the M5 has one sidecut and the 102 has three. I'm not saying that in and of itself is...
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    I thought I waxed poetically on this subject, but...

    I thought I waxed poetically on this subject, but after re-reading my comments apparently I didn't provide much at all. Keep in mind I started this thread to ask where folks were mounting this thing...
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    Absolutely. It skis nothing like the M5 or...

    Absolutely. It skis nothing like the M5 or previous versions.
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    I've obviously been thinking about this too much,...

    I've obviously been thinking about this too much, but back to the misnaming - they should have resurrected the Explosiv moniker for this thing. It is that good.
  11. How much did the +1 on the vwerks move them...

    How much did the +1 on the vwerks move them towards the feel of the hoji's? Close to, or just sort of in that direction? Seems that the vwerks can only get so playful?
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    heh heh , Yeah the skiing at Solitude these past...

    heh heh , Yeah the skiing at Solitude these past several days has been great with ~30" over 3-4 days, but there was definitely a bottom. That said i hit just about every rock on the mountain and...
  13. FWIW i ended-up mounting +2 forward on Kingpins...

    FWIW i ended-up mounting +2 forward on Kingpins and very much like the results - no going back. I would describe the effect as not so much turnier, but more playful and less directional. At +0 they...
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    In retrospect I guess there were really two parts...

    In retrospect I guess there were really two parts to my question. One was to confirm that the bottom line was in fact the factory recommend line as it's not entirely clear. The second was to ask...
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    Gaijin - totally agreed on all points. I went...

    Gaijin - totally agreed on all points. I went through the same exact comparison (and even mounted a Duke as well) except I have the old Gold Buddha Gotamas. The new 191 Mantra 102 is at least 4-5cm...
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    Ha, yeah ... Forward mounting the Katana is a...

    Ha, yeah ...

    Forward mounting the Katana is a fairly well known practice with similarly well-known good results, and you don't need to know how much I weigh, what binding, how hard I do or do not...
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    Do you have a Mantra 102? If so where did you...

    Do you have a Mantra 102? If so where did you mount it and why - that was the basic premise of my question. "Split the difference" isn't exactly what I was looking for, but hey if that's your...
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    Mantra 102 - where to mount it?

    Who has the 102 and what line did you use to mount it? As I understand it the first line (bottom) is the factory recommended line, and then +1cm and +2cm.

    I Moved my VWerks Katanas forward +2cm...
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    That's a bingo! My problem with the XT (all...

    That's a bingo! My problem with the XT (all variants) is that "leaning too far back in a chair" feeling when trying to use the rear cuff. Just nothing there, and it felt like they just collapsed. ...
  20. Well the travel is art of the adventure! Thanks...

    Well the travel is art of the adventure! Thanks for the detailed information guys - much appreciated.
  21. Thanks - it looks like taking a mix of trains,...

    Thanks - it looks like taking a mix of trains, buses and taxis is the only way to get there. I saw that Rome2Rio site and it looked sketchy but after checking it out in detail it's great!

    Hmm,...
  22. La Grave beta - need a transfer from GVA to La Grave?

    Hey Maggots,

    I'm flying into GVA in March and need to find a relatively inexpensive transfer (bus, taxi, rickshaw ... ) from GVA to La Grave. I know it's better to fly into Grenoble, but Delta...
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    I got the chance to check out the 'beta' Alpinist...

    I got the chance to check out the 'beta' Alpinist before it was released, liked the looks of it and could purchase at a great price. I'm not one of those people that swears off of a brand because a...
  24. Or the Minivan = two in the front and 5 in the...

    Or the Minivan = two in the front and 5 in the rear.
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    Thanks for calling Customer Service - How can we help extricate you?

    So I have 3 pairs of Kingpins and 1 pair of Alpinists. I don't have a lot of time on the Alpinists yet, but of the 3 KP's;



    I bought the first pair in 2014 which was the first year they were...
  26. So I have yet to remount my Katana V-Werks, but I...

    So I have yet to remount my Katana V-Werks, but I just noticed that my full metal 198cm Katanas are similarly mounted comparatively far back as well so apparently it's a "Katana thing"? My 198cm...
  27. Thanks BC - interesting contrast as I've always...

    Thanks BC - interesting contrast as I've always mounted all of my Volkls on the line (metal Katanas, Mantras, BMT90, and going way back to Gotamas and Explosivs). The V-Werk Katanas just seem to be...
  28. Anyone forward mount a Volkl V-Werk Katana at +1 or +1.5?

    Looking for beta from anyone that mounted their V-Werk Katana forward of the factory line. I searched and found plenty of discussions of what binding to mount (mine are Kingpin), but not where to...
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    I just pondered this same question 2 nights ago. ...

    I just pondered this same question 2 nights ago. I don't typically tip on takeout/carryout/takeaway because I figure that everyone is doing their 'base job function' without providing a specific...
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    BD Saga 40 camelbak compatibility?

    So I caved and bought a Jetforce Saga 40. The pack is rather lean on external attachments, pockets and whatnot (for obvious reasons), and not entirely suited to using a camelbak bladder. I'd really...
  31. Someone actually yelled "Stop him!" ......

    Someone actually yelled "Stop him!" ... bwahahaha. So how do you spot a flatlander ?
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    Always loved the E36 M3 as it was the hot car...

    Always loved the E36 M3 as it was the hot car when I started to make enough money to buy a good car (used of course, and not just the well-used remnants of a car).

    I had the original '02 Bugeye...
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    I have a PW Plug in my Vulcans and had to...

    I have a PW Plug in my Vulcans and had to improvise by beating the shit out of it on the inner side/heel with a ball peen hammer while in the middle of nowhere for a week. It worked but I got a bit...
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    Blizzak WS80 versus newer LM001?

    Mags - I'm looking for input from anyone that may have experience with both the older/original Blizzak WS80 and the newer LM001.

    I've always had, and currently own, the WS80 tires, which are by...
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    Nicely done punch on the Salomon Mtn Lab - you...

    Nicely done punch on the Salomon Mtn Lab - you must have an awesome set of tools :)
  36. The Carver Fork! Exactly what I was looking for...

    The Carver Fork! Exactly what I was looking for - Thanks Creaky Fossil!
  37. WTB Rigid carbon Fork - 1-1/8" w 7.5 steerer, 9mm QR

    I'm looking for a 'cheap' carbon fork for my original 2008 Gary Fisher Superfly. I see the "Toseek" cheap Chinese carbon forks on eBay for ~$85, and have to wonder how bad they would truly be ... I...
  38. mantle project that took way too long, and still...

    mantle project that took way too long, and still working on, but now that ski season is over ...

    206876206878206879
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    Makes sense, and I'm guessing it's not cyclist...

    Makes sense, and I'm guessing it's not cyclist specific but in general anything/one impeding should let others pass.
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    Yeah, that's just hate for hate's sake. You...

    Yeah, that's just hate for hate's sake.

    You must have been delayed so long while having to share the road. Did you actually have to apologize for being late to where you were going because you...
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    Cyclist shot in New Orleans ... WTF

    Seriously, WTF? As if drunk drivers and texting aren't bad enough ...

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/05/bicyclist_shot_new_orleans_sat.html

    In semi-related news anyone looking for a...
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    I guess it depends on a lot of variables like...

    I guess it depends on a lot of variables like your weight, strength, speed, snow, etc.. but for me YES, they are 'spineless' compared to a race boot, but no worse than any other AT boot, and...
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    I ski the RS140 & Freetour as well and have Zips...

    I ski the RS140 & Freetour as well and have Zips for both. I intended to use the same liner for both boots, but find the Freetour just a bit lower volume than the RS, and my original zips were...
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    Looking for Marker Baron Heel plate

    Hey mags - I'm in need of a single heel plate for a Marker Baron. I don't know if there is a difference in the Large and Small, but I have a Large binding.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Sticky: Looking for a large Marker Baron heel plate. Not...

    Looking for a large Marker Baron heel plate. Not the binding (but that'll work) - just the plate.
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    I had the Salomon Mtn Lab 120 (hated it) and it...

    I had the Salomon Mtn Lab 120 (hated it) and it suffered from the same type of deformation on the heel when used with my Kingpins (!?). I've stuffed my Freetours in Head RD alpine bindings, and...
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    Sure - I should have elaborated that the cuff...

    Sure - I should have elaborated that the cuff adjustment is useless for me.

    If you adjust the cuff minimally like you have then they're likely fine, but if you want to run the cuff all the way at...
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    FWIW the I have LV RS and Freetours and I find...

    FWIW the I have LV RS and Freetours and I find the Freetour significantly lower volume. I have to punch them but not the RS.
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    Absolutely, but like I said I went through the...

    Absolutely, but like I said I went through the whole revelation 5 or 6 years ago now when Lange changed to the now current stance. I don't use the spoilers, but like you have WC Booster with Zips. ...
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    Cramming them into Head RD 16's without so much...

    Cramming them into Head RD 16's without so much as a toe height adjustment. Bahhhhh - they work fine :)
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