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    Most days, no. Just once in a while when...

    Most days, no. Just once in a while when conditions / people I'm skiing with / plan for the day makes it sound like a good idea.
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    I've only tried the Dissector in the rear, but...

    I've only tried the Dissector in the rear, but the side knobs got undercut badly and in very short order. It might hold up better on the front of a more XC-y bike, but I didn't think it rolled enough...
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    That's how 90/10 skis work for me too, and CAST...

    That's how 90/10 skis work for me too, and CAST is great for it. I have way lighter bindings on actual touring skis.
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    Which geo position did you try for mulletage? I...

    Which geo position did you try for mulletage? I actually tried a mullet setup on one today too. Went with the middle setting (5, I think?) and that seemed about right.
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    I like the Tannus tubeless insert a lot. That...

    I like the Tannus tubeless insert a lot. That said, I don't think it's *as* good at keeping tires on the rim as Cush Core. Because I'm apparently way less badass than the OP, it's good enough for my...
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    Only real downside to GX is that your options are...

    Only real downside to GX is that your options are limited for a Shimano 12 speed compatible chainring if you want to go that route later. I think Wolftooth and probably some other companies do make...
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    I've ridden down your way a bit. The East side is...

    I've ridden down your way a bit. The East side is a lot like my home trails.

    Which version of the Butcher were you on? The new T9 rubber is *miles* better than anything Specy has done before.
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    Yes. I'm in the PNW, so not much peanut butter...

    Yes. I'm in the PNW, so not much peanut butter glop like rideit just posted, but what makes them amazing for our conditions is the combo of working great in wet, soft soil while also being pretty...
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    For the most part no, but you'll occasionally run...

    For the most part no, but you'll occasionally run into incompatible versions due to the caliper running into the adapter. Mostly an issue with really bulky 4 piston brake calipers.
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    I've skied mine on the line, and then remounted...

    I've skied mine on the line, and then remounted at about -1.2. 192s, FWIW. Didn't totally click for me on the line, moving back was a revelation.
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    Nice, thanks. I have seen Cubes before, and agree...

    Nice, thanks. I have seen Cubes before, and agree it's awesome. I'll go through the thread in a bit!
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    I haven't.

    I haven't.
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    Yeah, Keith's been super helpful in the past for...

    Yeah, Keith's been super helpful in the past for me too. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Wootest was still on offer as a custom, if you ask. That might be the ticket, honestly.
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    This is correct. You could also probably add a...

    This is correct. You could also probably add a spacer between the topout bumper and negative spring plate to increase the negative chamber volume as you described, then add an MRP Fulfill valve...
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    Well, the Wootest isn't on the site anymore, so...

    Well, the Wootest isn't on the site anymore, so it might be moot.

    I did follow that project a bit though, and the 1.0 was a little more than just a -15mm Protest. IIRC the tail was flatter, and...
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    Yup. My thinking on the -1 Protest as a PNW...

    Yup.

    My thinking on the -1 Protest as a PNW touring ski is that it'll still float pretty well, and should keep most of the awesomeness of the Protest shape in wind effected and/or crusty...
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    Anybody done a Pompei graphic over veneer? Might...

    Anybody done a Pompei graphic over veneer? Might be too dark for the wood to pop, but could look cool?

    Other options on the short list:

    Powdah Snek White
    Cubes
    Stained Glass Mountains
    Tsunami
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    Thanks guys! I think a pair of 187 UL Protests...

    Thanks guys!

    I think a pair of 187 UL Protests are in my future when the spring custom sale gets going. Just need to decide on a graphic, and if I want to go -1 or not...
  19. Thanks, I've been calling around to shops and not...

    Thanks, I've been calling around to shops and not having much luck either. Slidewright is out too.
  20. Anybody have a set of toe screws for a P18 with...

    Anybody have a set of toe screws for a P18 with the older, alpine AFD? 12mm pan heads. I need all 8.
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    Question for the collective: how does the MAP...

    Question for the collective: how does the MAP core in my Protests from a few years ago relate to the current UL/Enduro/Heavy Hitter paradigm?

    I fucking love my 192 MAP/Veneer, flex 3s, but am...
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    DHR IIs are a little heavier, comparing apples to...

    DHR IIs are a little heavier, comparing apples to apples, but it's not a whole lot. Something like 40-50g IIRC.
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    I've got both Shifts and CAST in the quiver....

    I've got both Shifts and CAST in the quiver. Happy with Shifts on pow skis that get true 50/50 use (if not more touring time) but trust CAST more for super regular inbounds use, especially on firmer...
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    Yep, these things still rule.

    Yep, these things still rule.
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    Mix of relieved and disappointed that the 192...

    Mix of relieved and disappointed that the 192 M-Free 108s sold out.


    If anybody impulse bought a pair and has regrets, let me know. Catch me after a beer or two and I'll probably bite. :D
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    That'll go away once you actually try to check...

    That'll go away once you actually try to check out if you're shipping to the States.
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    Should be. They did make some 15x100 non-boost...

    Should be. They did make some 15x100 non-boost Pikes too, but IIRC those don't clear a plus size tire. Take the front wheel off and measure the hub width to be sure though.
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    139 and 132 are correct for the standard width, I...

    139 and 132 are correct for the standard width, I assume 118 is a typo.
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    Yeah, I think that was likely the winning run if...

    Yeah, I think that was likely the winning run if he'd been able to hold on
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    Yeah, all three of those were awesome. Would have...

    Yeah, all three of those were awesome. Would have been really interesting to see how the judging shook out of Reine had stuck the backflip. He was cleaner through the double than Aymar, but didn't...
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    They're one of the most forward mounted skis I...

    They're one of the most forward mounted skis I own, but I still really like the Bibby on the line. FWIW.
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    Anybody in Western WA willing to let me take a...

    Anybody in Western WA willing to let me take a spin on a 192 MF108? 303 BSL. Will happily compensate with a demo out of my quiver and/or beer.
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    Heh. I own and love Ravens and Renegades, at...

    Heh. I own and love Ravens and Renegades, at Hoji's recommended mount point formula based on boot size (puts me at -1 from the printed line) but like the Bodacious on the line better than forward....
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    Thirded.

    Thirded.
  35. Which version of the P14? I just went through...

    Which version of the P14? I just went through this adventure myself and there's some variance in the toe wings that makes various AFDs not cross compatible, even though they physically fit on the...
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    Short answer: the Ravens are very, very good at...

    Short answer: the Ravens are very, very good at dealing with weird, crusty snow for a ski that's as light as they are. You're on the right track with the Protest comparison.

    Shoot me a PM if you...
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    Protests are the only current Praxis ski I have...

    Protests are the only current Praxis ski I have any real time on, so I have nothing useful to contribute vis-a-vis the Praxis version of what you're looking for, but I've got at least 100 days on the...
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    I can't think of the last time I ran into a...

    I can't think of the last time I ran into a tubeless valve that didn't have a removable core.
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    IME: -Stan's is generally the reference, and...

    IME:

    -Stan's is generally the reference, and works pretty well. Their Race stuff does a better job of sealing larger holes than the standard goo, but dries out faster.
    -Orange Seal does a good...
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    265/70R17. I was wrong, those come in a C rating...

    265/70R17. I was wrong, those come in a C rating too.
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    Yeah, that's probably the move. Also...

    Yeah, that's probably the move.



    Also interested. Those, plus maybe Duratracs, are probably my shortlist right now.

    ETA: The Falkens and Duratracs come in SL or E load ratings in the size...
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    Think they were $12 for a pair.

    Think they were $12 for a pair.
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    Yeah, the 2000 was a manual too. KOs (the older...

    Yeah, the 2000 was a manual too. KOs (the older ones, not KO2s, FWIW) were good enough in snow for my needs.

    Cutting a sidewall on the OE tires is a worry. The stuff I'm on most of the time isn't...
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    Yeah, as much as I'd like to not bother doing...

    Yeah, as much as I'd like to not bother doing anything yet, I'd also like to avoid that scenario. Or getting stuck trying to get to a trailhead for spring touring. Scared myself a little in a couple...
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    My 2000 Tacoma was regrettably totaled when some...

    My 2000 Tacoma was regrettably totaled when some dipshit turned out in front of me. I'm now in a 2021 Tacoma (TRD Sport, since it's the only way to get a manual transmission and long bed). The stock...
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    Highly recommended. Cheap and easy, and made a...

    Highly recommended. Cheap and easy, and made a big difference.
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    Yeah, I had a shop order me a pair.

    Yeah, I had a shop order me a pair.
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    Replacing the stupid buckle on the power strap...

    Replacing the stupid buckle on the power strap with one with a cam gripper (from a Mach1) makes a huge difference. I don't hate the stock power strap, if it actually stays tight. Which it doesn't...
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    We voile strapped his heels down and he was able...

    We voile strapped his heels down and he was able to limp out, but it sucked. He won't make that mistake again.
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    Incredible. Love the image of you turning around...

    Incredible. Love the image of you turning around to seeing that disaster unfolding, and it dawning on you what you'd gotten into.


    A buddy of mine once realized he'd forgotten the Pivot toes for...
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