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    I love these threads. ... Thom

    I love these threads.

    ... Thom
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    And of course, super robust core. My 102s have...

    And of course, super robust core. My 102s have 16 plugged/unused holes (going from memory).

    ... Thom
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    I just PM'd ya, in case you made some of your...

    I just PM'd ya, in case you made some of your buddies jealous and they're in search of a longer pair. You can ignore my PM.

    If it weren't for a COVID enforced off-year last season, I would have...
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    I don't know if this helps, but I mounted my...

    I don't know if this helps, but I mounted my standard 114s on the line and they feel good to me - plenty of float. By "the line", I mean the references posted earlier in this thread (I never go by...
  5. My heavy hitter, flex 4, veneer Freerides were ...

    My heavy hitter, flex 4, veneer Freerides were beasts. I've never skied Cochises, Katanas, etc. but the Freerides in this build were a Wrenegade class of ski.

    Then again, I'm well on the far...
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    Sometimes, watching morons like us from the...

    Sometimes, watching morons like us from the sidelines is the most productive (and entertaining) option ;-)

    Shit! Who knew that metric screws with an 82 degree countersink were even made?

    ......
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    Are you guys eating fried chicken before you pick...

    Are you guys eating fried chicken before you pick up your guitars?

    ... Thom
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    You beat me to it. Open G-string runs are...

    You beat me to it. Open G-string runs are de-rigeur in bluegrass. I used to thumb my nose at it, until I recognized it as one common element of the style - as much as playing E blues and the...
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    Late to this thread. @old goat is right, that...

    Late to this thread.

    @old goat is right, that guitar videos can be a rabbit hole, but the videos below are all by well-known, minimum hype capable teachers. Plus ... they're approved by me :D
    ...
  10. This brings me vicarious joy. We turn our...

    This brings me vicarious joy. We turn our passion into a business and all too frequently, the flame gets snuffed out. Good on Keith!

    ... Thom
  11. Tough sledding for all businesses in this post(?)...

    Tough sledding for all businesses in this post(?) COVID environment, although this has been trending in this direction over the past couple of years. I was a bit saddened to see this sale (on behalf...
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    For one of my ATK mounts (Raider-12s) which have...

    For one of my ATK mounts (Raider-12s) which have counterbored heel holes, I went with stainless steel socket head screws from McMaster-Carr (M5 x .8 thread). I had some 12mms and ground them down to...
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    And if the bottom layer is more robust (stops the...

    And if the bottom layer is more robust (stops the tap), then the tap stays more or less in place and you strip the threads.

    You'll probably hear the fiberglass crunching before you go too far,...
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    Gunder is my new hero ;-)

    Gunder is my new hero ;-)
  15. Not an Apple guy, but in general, I've found that...

    Not an Apple guy, but in general, I've found that sometimes a double transfer will work.

    By this, I mean that Google is more than happy to grab Apple stuff, and vice versa.

    When I googled...
  16. Yup! I once started a project to do this. I...

    Yup! I once started a project to do this. I have a mess of different thicknesses of UHMW in my junk bins. For some reason, I shelved it and went on to something else. I might just resuscitate...
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    Good point! 5 and a half tuns has always worked...

    Good point! 5 and a half tuns has always worked for me.

    ... Thom
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    Raider-12s, Helio 350, Voyager, Hagan, etc. ...

    Raider-12s, Helio 350, Voyager, Hagan, etc.

    The locking mechanism is as described above. It's a solid latching system. ATK seemed to prioritize this over a brake that's easier to lock/unlock,...
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    I don't know how you qualify a shop to do insert...

    I don't know how you qualify a shop to do insert mounts, apart from having had first hand experience with the shop.

    In several threads on the topic, the majority opinion was that if they charge...
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    ^^^ some great stuff, @Gunder. I rarely learn...

    ^^^ some great stuff, @Gunder. I rarely learn anything new in these mounting threads :biggrin: ^^^


    Here's what I came up with. Obviously, there's no issue at the heel, so I omitted the Raider...
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    Apart from the person you spoke with being...

    Apart from the person you spoke with being incompetent, yes to two mounts. This raises a related topic about whom you'd trust with your skis for an insert mount.

    Regarding Pivot/Raider (Voyager)...
  22. Trying too hard to look cool ;-) Damn! I need...

    Trying too hard to look cool ;-)

    Damn! I need an excuse to spec out another ski, so I can have a Tsunami graphic. This is far better than collecting art.

    ... Thom
  23. My two favorite skis evar (if you count the...

    My two favorite skis evar (if you count the non-"L" version of the CD 114).

    My 114s would have mates if the 114Ls were made in 182cm.

    GPOs. Do you really need to ask?

    Someone jump on...
  24. Praxis GPO ;-)

    Praxis GPO ;-)
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    Great reference. Last year, I filled in my set to...

    Great reference. Last year, I filled in my set to include all of the 1/64" increments. I'm a wanker in comparison with you ;-)

    I have some dying bits, and will check out some high speed steel...
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    Thanks for the update. The form factor...

    Thanks for the update. The form factor ('biner/umbilical backup) were key ergonomic features that jumped out at me, both for reasons of switching packs as well as handing over to a buddy, who might...
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    I figured as much. Thanks. I just dug into...

    I figured as much. Thanks. I just dug into their FAQ and found this:

    ... Thom
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    It's that time of year ... really curious about...

    It's that time of year ... really curious about use reports on the Rocky Talkie. Hey @doebedoe ... how'd the first year work out for you?

    I've never liked umbilicals for reasons of durability -...
  29. Jon rocks!

    Jon rocks!
  30. That was my take. I know I'm in the minority. ...

    That was my take. I know I'm in the minority. 95% of the time, the Q was perfect. Then, there was the 5% of the time when I struggled with avoiding a "Tabke moment". I found myself skiing...
  31. That crumpled/quilted maple is awesome! ......

    That crumpled/quilted maple is awesome!

    ... Thom
  32. Nice! Maybe this year we'll get back out...

    Nice! Maybe this year we'll get back out together!

    ... Thom
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    We can thank my machinist for pointing out the...

    We can thank my machinist for pointing out the obvious ;-)

    ... Thom
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    No direct answer for you, (but Jonathan has you...

    No direct answer for you, (but Jonathan has you covered).

    Here's a quick tip for measuring with your dial caliper:

    Measure the distance to the outside edges of two holes (not center to...
  35. So many pretty choices ... deserving of an epic...

    So many pretty choices ... deserving of an epic ski season ;-)

    ... Thom
  36. I absolutely love it. The last few pairs of skis...

    I absolutely love it. The last few pairs of skis I ordered from Keith, it was down to Tsunami and whatever else. One day, I'll ride the wave ;-)

    The only "problem" with it is that the mountains...
  37. I almost didn't select Max. My departed, almost...

    I almost didn't select Max. My departed, almost (but not quite) perfect Quixotes had this top sheet. I didn't want to jinx these GPOs, but I couldn't resist:
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    My climbing buddy had one. I took him out on his...

    My climbing buddy had one. I took him out on his first post surgery climb about 6 months after surgery.

    Speedy recovery, Harry!

    ... Thom
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    Lining up for my "I Skied With Harry After His...

    Lining up for my "I Skied With Harry After His Full Recovery" t-shirt.

    ... Thom
  40. 182 UL/Veneer/flex 3 GPO (+10mm) is here. Max...

    182 UL/Veneer/flex 3 GPO (+10mm) is here.

    Max top sheet is great!

    They came in at 1899/1903g (left/right). Pretty impressive for a 126mm waist.

    Pix to follow.

    ... Thom
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    It may be time to kill that spreadsheet I mapped...

    It may be time to kill that spreadsheet I mapped out in post #1. Attempting to cross reference the evolution of their products (model renaming, changes, and permutations) may have to wait until we...
  42. Dunno if GPOs of all widths are being pressed at...

    Dunno if GPOs of all widths are being pressed at the same time, but Keith emailed me today, that my +10 GPOs are shipping on Monday.

    So, let this get yer GPO juices flowing ;-)

    ... Thom
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    Is that for reall, or is it from The Onion? ...

    Is that for reall, or is it from The Onion?

    ... Thom
  44. An attempt at squirrel-proofing:...

    An attempt at squirrel-proofing:
    https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

    ... Thom
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    Damn! This is SO geeky. Translation: why NOT? ...

    Damn! This is SO geeky. Translation: why NOT?

    ... Thom
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    Makes sense. He also mentioned that the clog...

    Makes sense.

    He also mentioned that the clog had quite a few dings in it, and that one of the resolers (I don't think it was Dave) expressed a concern about the longevity of a repair as a...
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    Thanks Greg! I just got off the phone with my...

    Thanks Greg! I just got off the phone with my buddy to pass the information to him. It ends up that after exhausting all of the local Colorado options, he sent them to Dave and he couldn't do it. ...
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    Has anyone had success getting TLT 8 Carbonios...

    Has anyone had success getting TLT 8 Carbonios resoled?

    My buddy has gone to many of the usual suspects in Colorado and they've told him that they can't source the thin sole material used for...
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    I don't know the size you need, but you can find...

    I don't know the size you need, but you can find assortments of stick on rubber feet on Amazon.

    ... Thom
  50. Considering Salomon's mature manufacturing...

    Considering Salomon's mature manufacturing capabilities, it sounds as if the design is predicated on tight tolerances - tolerances that aren't easy to hold in production.

    I won't repeat the...
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