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  1. Thread: Which Wagon?

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    -What do you consider super awesome mileage? Last...

    -What do you consider super awesome mileage? Last weekend I averaged 31.5 mpg over about 12 hours of driving @ 80-ish (it said 35mpg, but my winter tires are 10% smaller in diameter than summer)....
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    Why do you assume shop "B" will be any better? Or...

    Why do you assume shop "B" will be any better? Or the guy who mounted your skis isn't working at shop "B" next year?
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    That's the spirit, mount your own fucking skis....

    That's the spirit, mount your own fucking skis. That way, when you dimple the base you'll have no one to blame but yourself and do just as we suggest.
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    #1: Won't make any difference. If it was my ski,...

    #1: Won't make any difference. If it was my ski, and I'm fucking picky, it would whack it a couple times with a hammer and give it 2 passes on the stone, then never think about it.

    #2: It will...
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    A single pair of custom footbeds (made 7 years...

    A single pair of custom footbeds (made 7 years ago in a style that has been for the most part abandoned in the ski industry) by a single bootfitter (no matter how famous) doesn't represent the...
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    You realize that not everyone has your foot, eh? ...

    You realize that not everyone has your foot, eh?

    I tell people that the vast majority of skiers will be more comfortable and ski better if they have a footbed that works for their physiology.
    ...
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    The Mon Royale Yotei Powder Hood rules in my...

    The Mon Royale Yotei Powder Hood rules in my closet, too. Have the green and the black and wear them about 4 days a week, both for skiing and work. The best quality Merino in the business, great...
  8. Thread: Ski Bluewood!

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    Just missed you, Steve. We were there with the...

    Just missed you, Steve. We were there with the grandson Monday . . . like you said, everyone was super friendly, yurt on top was cool, lot only 2/3 full even on a holiday.
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    Black Crows are made either in the Elan factory...

    Black Crows are made either in the Elan factory in Slovenia or the Atomic factories in Austria or Bulgaria, depending on model. None of their skis are made in China.
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    I would say shim under the binding, it's fairly...

    I would say shim under the binding, it's fairly quick and permanent until you switch skis.

    I doubt heating the cuff will do much on a Vulcan, as the carbon/acrylic resin doesn't really get softer...
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    Partially. A good punch won't go all the way...

    Partially. A good punch won't go all the way back, even with 10 minutes in the oven. At 12 minutes the bootboards start to melt.
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    No help with Michigan bootfitters, but you can...

    No help with Michigan bootfitters, but you can probably fix the instep issue yourself with a bench mount beltsander. Take the bootboard out (the white styrofoam thing under the liner with a bunch of...
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    Neither. Epoxy doesn't flex enough, super glue is...

    Neither. Epoxy doesn't flex enough, super glue is best for hard materials with perfect surface contact (i.e. broken ceramics).

    We generally use Weldwood contact cement in the shop, apply to both...
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    In stores already in Seattle.

    In stores already in Seattle.
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    I think they had dye left over from the Hawx...

    I think they had dye left over from the Hawx Ultra XTD soles at the factory . . .
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    The pointy toe and narrow toe box are easy to...

    The pointy toe and narrow toe box are easy to fix, but the roomy ankle and heel is not.
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    Federico Sbrissa is now at Tecnica, but works...

    Federico Sbrissa is now at Tecnica, but works primarily on hiking boots.
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    Brant Howell is the man at Sturts. Steve Forsythe...

    Brant Howell is the man at Sturts. Steve Forsythe is also in the group of old school bootfitters who are still at it. Martin Rand is apparently taking his retirement seriously.
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    Who are these four guys?

    Who are these four guys?
  20. Thread: Le Pivot, Raw

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    They were a limited "shop incentive" colorway . ....

    They were a limited "shop incentive" colorway . . .
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    Take the footbeds out of the boots and stand on...

    Take the footbeds out of the boots and stand on them barefoot, in your normal ski stance. Roll your feet toward the outside and back, watch that the shape of your arch matches the curve of the...
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    What do you mean by "extremely neutral?" In...

    What do you mean by "extremely neutral?" In footbed terms, that usually means subtalar neutral, but that doesn't mean it matches your arch shape. What footbed is this?

    You need to be more specific...
  23. Stupid expensive is probably what it costs (even...

    Stupid expensive is probably what it costs (even for a shop), almost everything for a back shop or boot lab is.
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    6'3" and 205? Maybe something like a 202 cm...

    6'3" and 205? Maybe something like a 202 cm Cochise . . .
  25. Thread: New ACL

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    Sounds like we're all in the same boat - we know...

    Sounds like we're all in the same boat - we know how to ski balanced and conservatively, work on fundamentals, etc. but it gets old after about 3 runs. I supposed I could be a bit further ahead if I...
  26. Thread: New ACL

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    Pretty much mirrors my experience, but not many...

    Pretty much mirrors my experience, but not many days on snow so far due to the late season in the PNW. I think my surgery was about 2 weeks after yours. Knee feels stable, no real pain, but it's...
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    Punching for fifth met head width commonly...

    Punching for fifth met head width commonly results in pressure being referred to the next most prominent point, usually the little toe (I typically punch the toe area as a matter of course when doing...
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    Shimming the binding changes the ramp of the...

    Shimming the binding changes the ramp of the bootboard/sole, while adjusting forward lean changes the angle of the upper cuff relative to same. The two can be related but are not the same.
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    Yes, that is not flush, heel needs to be a tad...

    Yes, that is not flush, heel needs to be a tad closer. Adjust it, take the boot out, and try it again.
  30. No boot maker intentionally designs a boot for an...

    No boot maker intentionally designs a boot for an abnormally high instep, and you'd prefer not to have him in a wider boot with extra volume if all he needs is more height over the cuneiform(s). As...
  31. What size foot? How much does your 12 year old...

    What size foot? How much does your 12 year old weigh?

    Lange makes the RS SC 70 and 90, they are real boots with real price tags and narrow 97mm lasts. evo has them on sale here:...
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    The Promachine and S/Max both have thicker and...

    The Promachine and S/Max both have thicker and really well contoured liners, but the cuff on the Hawx Ultra is smaller in diameter. If you slip a thicker liner in the Hawx Ultra, even a medium volume...
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    The Shift has a sliding AFD.

    The Shift has a sliding AFD.
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    Don't have any experience with the Fischer. All...

    Don't have any experience with the Fischer. All of the rest are great boots, but none comes as close to your ankle as the Atomic Hawx Ultra. The S/Max is the probably the next best option for narrow...
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    It depends on which alpine binding. The white...

    It depends on which alpine binding.

    The white current model Zero G Tour has an ISO 9523 touring sole that cannot be replaced, which is only compatible with a small subset of alpine bindings. These...
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    No modern boots have really narrow heels, even...

    No modern boots have really narrow heels, even the 97-98mm lasts, because it would limit sales drastically. The last that comes the closest to the ankle is the Atomic Hawx Ultra, which is available...
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    Blizzard Scout? Black Crows Navis Freebird? 177...

    Blizzard Scout? Black Crows Navis Freebird? 177 Enforcer 100?
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    I use Sidas Custom Ski or Masterfit Instaprint+...

    I use Sidas Custom Ski or Masterfit Instaprint+ Snow (both ski footbeds) in all my cycling shoes. If the hotspot is under the ball of your foot (mine was between the 2nd and 3rd mets) it may help to...
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    You are correct, Lange only made WTR soles for...

    You are correct, Lange only made WTR soles for that boot.
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    To be fair, hundreds of pro patrollers and race...

    To be fair, hundreds of pro patrollers and race coaches used touring soles with non-sliding AFD's for years, mostly Salomon 9xx and STH models, and not all of them got wrecked. Just try not to fall...
  41. Thread: Shiffrin

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    Lienz, Austria, Dec. 28-29

    Lienz, Austria, Dec. 28-29
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    They recalled all of our stock from last year;...

    They recalled all of our stock from last year; rumor had it they used the wrong plastic on some of the boots and pulled them all to make sure (problem may have only been on the KORE 2, though).
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    Skied one day on them. Was able to ski it almost...

    Skied one day on them. Was able to ski it almost out of the box (just a punch for my bunions @ 1st met head) and they felt sloppy at the end of the day, so it's a very generous 100mm fit (usually I...
  44. Thread: AT Helmet halp

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    Another vote for the MTN Lab, especially if you...

    Another vote for the MTN Lab, especially if you have a good fit in the Vantage (I do) - they are quite similar in shape though the sizing is a bit different. Have not tried the Cynic AT, but the...
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    In terms of durability of Grilamid, there is...

    In terms of durability of Grilamid, there is quite a range. My Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 XTD soles held up great through 45 days of skiing (much of it in alpine bindings) while my first generation...
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    Was told by the rep this fall that the 130C shell...

    Was told by the rep this fall that the 130C shell was PU, not sure about the orange one, Factory and Air have always been Grilamid . . . no guarantee, of course, that either the rep or Dalbello...
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    In general, Grilamid (there are many different...

    In general, Grilamid (there are many different formulas) punches great, you just can't abuse it with heat. There are also hundreds of different PU-Ether compounds, which generally punch well and are...
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    The bootboard itself is only about 4mm thick...

    The bootboard itself is only about 4mm thick under the center of the arch, but there's no rule saying it has to remain in 1 piece. You can cut 3 inches out between the heel and forefoot, taper the...
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    130C lower shell is PU, Factory is Grilamid

    130C lower shell is PU, Factory is Grilamid
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    I just do 1.5-2 at the tip and tail, a couple...

    I just do 1.5-2 at the tip and tail, a couple inches past the contact points. Underfoot mine are still 1 degrees. I do change the side edge bevel from 2 degrees to 1, though.
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