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    https://youtu.be/j0XcRmn2760 Spring powder turns...

    https://youtu.be/j0XcRmn2760
    Spring powder turns with my wife.
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    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp or the almost identical...

    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp or the almost identical Arcteryx Procline AR Carbon (look for the latest iteration with the added tongue) are what you need. Nothing else fits as well for a low volume, low...
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    Yes, itís just that without the benefit of...

    Yes, itís just that without the benefit of working with a high level coach and boot-fitter, or just plain dumb luck, most skiers are never going to experience that combination of personalized boot...
  4. Depressing, but true. Through some cosmic good...

    Depressing, but true. Through some cosmic good fortune Iíve been able to live my life working at something I enjoy, and only as much as I need to, owning my home, and saving towards a dignified...
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    Iím in the Hoji Free 110 which Iíve had to do...

    Iím in the Hoji Free 110 which Iíve had to do lots of work on to take up volume,, so the higher volume Radical Pro isnít going to work, but the refinements to the buckles, tongue, strap, and climb...
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    370462

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    Seems an obscure choice, given the the more...

    Seems an obscure choice, given the the more significant and spectacular options (Goat, Valhalla, Kokanee) in the area, but slogging through the mountains with a buddy sounds like good times...
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    Yes, a lifty at Red and an employee at the...

    Yes, a lifty at Red and an employee at the Clanceyís went to Whistler for a short visit, partied, and got COVID. On his return he infected his house-mate/landlord (a friend of mine, who then booted...
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    Iím a lean 6í1Ē, and find a Patagonia Houdini in...

    Iím a lean 6í1Ē, and find a Patagonia Houdini in large works as described. I also own an OR Ferrosi in large, which is slightly baggier, significantly heavier and less packable, more breathable and...
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    I bought and then returned it due to the weird...

    I bought and then returned it due to the weird fit. The fabric and features could have worked, but not for my tall, lean, long armed physique.
  11. I had chronic lower back pain, associated with a...

    I had chronic lower back pain, associated with a major injury, in my 20s. I got all sorts of bad advice, till I got on a daily strength and stretch regime. Just 20 minutes every morning, doing a...
  12. Couldnít resist a pair of 184cm Vwerks Katanas...

    Couldnít resist a pair of 184cm Vwerks Katanas and some STH13s. Would have grabbed some BMT109s also, but was too slow.
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    164cm at CAN$449 with free shipping could work. ...

    164cm at CAN$449 with free shipping could work.

    https://www.corbetts.com/2021-elan-ripstick-106-skis/
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    I didnít find any significant drop off in...

    I didnít find any significant drop off in performance through my 40ís, by just doing all the right things but not being obsessive about it (except for skiing of course). Into my early 50ís, and no...
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    Just got to keep it under $100.

    Just got to keep it under $100.
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    Sounds great. Iím easy to find.

    Sounds great. Iím easy to find.
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    Sent you a buyer on FB. A Ripping lady skier from...

    Sent you a buyer on FB. A Ripping lady skier from Rossland.
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    I went in to replace my Reverb, which is usually...

    I went in to replace my Reverb, which is usually faultless but that it doesnít function below 8 degrees Celsius. From reviews I was deliberating between the PNW and the One Up, but the shop guys were...
  19. With tens of millions being funnelled into...

    With tens of millions being funnelled into dubious stimulus projects, itís mind blowing this isnít funded. I can only assume that Avalanche Canada are useless at lobbying, and that Clovechok has no...
  20. The standard fire crew McLeod works just fine,...

    The standard fire crew McLeod works just fine, but there are better options. Rogue make pretty much every combination and configuration of McLeods, hoes, and heavy duty rakes, which all have their...
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    If you truly have a low volume foot and a low...

    If you truly have a low volume foot and a low instep, which if the TLT5 worked for you without absurd modifications then you presumably do, then the Salomon S-Lab X/Alp (and the potentially better...
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    Yes, toe box and calf are huge (on me), but ankle...

    Yes, toe box and calf are huge (on me), but ankle seems fine, which means it must be low volume.
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    So many different approaches to skiing,...

    So many different approaches to skiing, interpretations of a day of touring, and foot shapes. Iím an aging (53) lifelong, full time skier, using technique and gear to ameliorate my slowly and...
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    Just snapped the cable/locking mechanism on my...

    Just snapped the cable/locking mechanism on my Salomon S-Lab X-Alps, and I can't imagine sourcing parts is going to be easy. Bummed that both Salomon and Arcteryx have discontinued their related...
  25. Guessing: 100 days total. 30 on Volkl Mantra...

    Guessing:
    100 days total.
    30 on Volkl Mantra M4s (everyday resort)
    30 on G3 Synapse 109s (touring).
    20 on DPS Wailer 112s (early season)
    10 on DPS Wailer 112s (sidecountry/powder)
    5 on Volkl...
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    When I was involved (competing, coaching,...

    When I was involved (competing, coaching, judging) in the late 90s, line score created a hard limit on every other category, and wouldnít have rewarded a run like Testerís. However the current...
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    Testerís line obviously wasnít as terrifyingly...

    Testerís line obviously wasnít as terrifyingly impressive as the Swedeís (Navarro was next level) but he was perfect where others faltered, and seems to know how to max out the current judging...
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    Yes, more users of all types, motorized and not,...

    Yes, more users of all types, motorized and not, commercial and public, with ever increasing capabilities and expectations, competing for the same limited resource. What could possibly go wrong? Some...
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    367154 Valhallas

    367154
    Valhallas
  30. Yes, if I crank the AFD a up a to maximum height,...

    Yes, if I crank the AFD a up a to maximum height, a full step up from contact with my boot sole, and I set the DIN a two values up from usual (10 to 12), Iím able to ski them on a powder day without...
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    It could be worse. My wife absolutely loves her...

    It could be worse. My wife absolutely loves her Nordica Dobermann Aggressor 130, 95mm lasted boots with full length length abduction. Just try to find touring boots that fit or ski anything close.
  32. Shifts obviously seem to work well enough for...

    Shifts obviously seem to work well enough for many people (including myself) as a mediocre (ok, but not good at either) hybrid binding, when used with touring, gripwalk, or WTR soles. However from...
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    Thereís no answer, just better or worse...

    Thereís no answer, just better or worse compromises. Iíve been skiing the same (replacing components as they wear) Raichle/Full Tilt classic hill boots for 34 years now. They fit and ski perfectly,...
  34. I knew that Shifts werenít up for FWT competition...

    I knew that Shifts werenít up for FWT competition level skiing, I just figured theyíd be fine for smooth, technical, skis on the snow, hardly ever fall, 50 plus powder skiing. Iím not sure they are.
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    Iím in. Will PM you.

    Iím in. Will PM you.
  36. My conclusion also. That POS AFD is downright...

    My conclusion also. That POS AFD is downright hazardous for aggressive skiing in Alpine DIN soles, and and theyíre heavier, more awkward and significantly less reliable than my regularly pin touring...
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    https://www.corbetts.com/2021-volkl-katana-108-ski...

    https://www.corbetts.com/2021-volkl-katana-108-skis/
    Just dropped to CAN$664 at Corbettís. Must resist.
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    https://www.salomon.com/en-ca/shop/product/rs-warm...

    https://www.salomon.com/en-ca/shop/product/rs-warm-softshell-jkt-m.html#color=23678
    I donít sweat much, and prefer a warmer softshell, but for those that want something lighter and more breathable,...
  39. At my area we have plenty of steeps, but with...

    At my area we have plenty of steeps, but with 3850 acres over 5 mountains, an open boundary policy with endless little side stashes, all sorts of traverses and cat tracks linking it up, and a couple...
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    Years ago I guided at what was the adjacent...

    Years ago I guided at what was the adjacent catskiing operation, sometimes out of the yurts that preceded it, and then at the lodge. The terrain is vast, varied, and very skiable (more than many...
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    365591 Last bit of north facing pow before...

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    Last bit of north facing pow before freezing levels go through the roof.
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    Lighter than a Ferrosi? Perhaps the Patagonia...

    Lighter than a Ferrosi? Perhaps the Patagonia Houdini Air.
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    Lots of complications here for (close friend or...

    Lots of complications here for (close friend or random hookup) what has always seemed a pretty simple criteria, itís not win or lose, just pass or fail: can you keep up on a powder day? Top to...
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    I donít know if I need one, but that video makes...

    I donít know if I need one, but that video makes a pretty compelling case.
  45. This year I put Shifts on my powder skis, which I...

    This year I put Shifts on my powder skis, which I also use occasionally for slack-country touring. Set up was pretty easy with my touring boots, and they work ok for short tours. They do inspire a...
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    The zipper on my 3 year old Stretch Nano Storm...

    The zipper on my 3 year old Stretch Nano Storm failed on a multi-day tent based ski touring trip, and I used safety pins to close and keep using what was my only warm jacket. Patagonia sent me a new...
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    Consumerism creates perverse incentives. To...

    Consumerism creates perverse incentives. To maximize sales, stock liners are designed to fool consumers by looking impressive and optimizing shop fit but are otherwise disposable. In a world where...
  48. I agree with your points about straps...

    I agree with your points about straps facilitating proper poling technique, which is also especially valuable when skating (a necessary evil at my home mountain). However the risks that might justify...
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    Yes, after watching so many of them struggle,...

    Yes, after watching so many of them struggle, Turdell looked effortless. I would have wagered his run unbeatable, but somehow Pollard delivered. Great entertainment. Carnage for the ladies.
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    90% of people buy boots that are too stiff

    Video please.
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