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  1. I guess not enough demand for a 182. Oh well ......

    I guess not enough demand for a 182. Oh well ...

    ... Thom
  2. I'd guess they start with stainless rod as well,...

    I'd guess they start with stainless rod as well, for reasons @1000-oaks stated

    ...Thom
  3. I feel myself weakening. Do we know if the CD...

    I feel myself weakening. Do we know if the CD 114L will be released in a 182 this year?

    ... Thom
  4. So when you tap them with a die, they're actually...

    So when you tap them with a die, they're actually hard enough so a thread forms?

    That was my problem with the over the counter "maple" dowels - shredded threads.

    ... Thom
  5. Trying to work through this year's $gear$...

    Trying to work through this year's $gear$ $allocation$ as well.

    If I'm in, and Denver is a logical delivery point, I'll volunteer again to handle reshipping to Mountain West maggots.

    ... Thom
  6. Don't forget to decrease the inserts. I use my...

    Don't forget to decrease the inserts. I use my wife's ultrasonic jewelry cleaner along with a bit of Simple Green.

    Thanks!

    ... Thom
  7. Speaking of which, has anyone found hardwood...

    Speaking of which, has anyone found hardwood dowels that are actually hard?

    The stuff at the hardware stores is meh, so I ordered some maple dowels from Amazon and it was more or less the same...
  8. Are we confirmed about a 182 length in the CD...

    Are we confirmed about a 182 length in the CD 114Ls this year? I could be tempted.

    The stock 114s and GPOs (while different), are my 2 favorite skis ... EVAR!

    ... Thom
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    So ... anyone play with the Kreuzspitz GTs? 3...

    So ... anyone play with the Kreuzspitz GTs? 3 years in production ought to be enough time to shake out the bugs?

    The new toe design of the ATKs ultimately drove me to the Plums. I wanted to give...
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    Another thing I forgot to mention is the mount. ...

    Another thing I forgot to mention is the mount. We shouldn't overlook heel alignment and its influence on toe retention.

    One of my biggest bitches is the fact that (in my experience), only...
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    Sounded as if you were sketched out, skiing them....

    Sounded as if you were sketched out, skiing them.

    Maybe try torquing out of them on the bench (toes unlocked, heels in touring mode) and comparing against how stiff your Ion toes springs feel?...
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    Yeah, the weight budget is always going to favor...

    Yeah, the weight budget is always going to favor the binding vs. the brakes. I think it's the correct design decision. I'd rather have a crappy brake than a binding that explodes. We don't need...
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    I'vee been thinkng about light binders over the...

    I'vee been thinkng about light binders over the past week. I've had positive experiences this Spring with Plum Guides.

    My attention has turned to the Kreutzspitz GT as it seems to check all the...
  14. Thanks for the link @lucknau. I knew there was...

    Thanks for the link @lucknau. I knew there was another thread on the topic. Damn search function.




    Yeah, I should just bite the bullet, and find a friend's place to use rhe epoxy so there's...
  15. So Keith wrote back and commented that exposed...

    So Keith wrote back and commented that exposed veneer wasn't as big of a deal as he thought it might be.

    On occasion, he's used spar varnish to good effect. I didn't ask what he uses to finish...
  16. I'm loving my 182s with Vipecs. I'm thinking...

    I'm loving my 182s with Vipecs. I'm thinking that with Colorado snow I can go to UL, switch to Plum Guides (or something similar) and knock about 2.5 Lbs. off the rig.

    I could also just get in...
  17. What's that quote attributed to Mark Twain? ...

    What's that quote attributed to Mark Twain?

    "I would have written you a shorter letter, but I didn't have the time".

    Looking back at some old posts ... yeah, a bit wordy.

    Back to our...
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    I like the tilted seats. ... Thom Sent from...

    I like the tilted seats.

    ... Thom

    Sent from my LM-G710VM using Tapatalk
  19. Have you ever seen the effects of mildew rot on...

    Have you ever seen the effects of mildew rot on wood (admittedly, we're not talking about core rot)?

    Did you read the part about my wife's chemical sensitivities?

    Maybe you fucked shit up...
  20. Sucker that I am for a ski I love (when only one...

    Sucker that I am for a ski I love (when only one pair of them is not enough), I picked up a second pair of GPOs off Gear Swap - this pair being 187 / MAP / Flex 4 / Veneer.

    Since I have 2-3 months...
  21. Oops ;-) Sent from my LM-G710VM using Tapatalk

    Oops ;-)

    Sent from my LM-G710VM using Tapatalk
  22. Maybe I should change my handle to...

    Maybe I should change my handle to "m-series-jong" [emoji33]

    ... Thom

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  23. Shit!

    Shit!
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    This sounds like my rebuild except for the...

    This sounds like my rebuild except for the "failed" attempts at going minimalist / forefoot striking.

    Being in crap shape the last two touring seasons really pissed me off.

    Slow and steady ......
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    Interesting article on how Europop is handling...

    Interesting article on how Europop is handling ransomware.

    They Stole Your Files, You Don’t Have to Pay the Ransom https://nyti.ms/2H3Wxgo

    ... Thom
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    So the stack height on these is reasonable? They...

    So the stack height on these is reasonable? They look a bit high compared with my Perrigrines which are approaching end of life.

    5-6mm drop seems to be my sweet spot.

    Time to check both these...
  27. ^^^ this ^^^ after feedback showed that scaling...

    ^^^ this ^^^ after feedback showed that scaling down a ski doesn't get you a scaled down "equivalent" ski.

    A partial redesign is necessary in many cases (seemingly in the case of the Protest) ......
  28. I get it too! I haven't been on a 20-21m ski in...

    I get it too! I haven't been on a 20-21m ski in a while. Carving tight turns in tight places on the EXPs I got from @grinch was ... a lot of fun!

    ... Thom
  29. What's tempting me most right now, is a UL Veneer...

    What's tempting me most right now, is a UL Veneer GPO for most of the Winter. 1st World Probs, I know. My Enduro/Nylon (flex 4) GPOs never seem too wide or stiff in the BC around these parts.
    ...
  30. Wondering if my EXPs are lonesome ;-) ... Thom

    Wondering if my EXPs are lonesome ;-)

    ... Thom
  31. Am I reading you correctly - that UL/Veneer is...

    Am I reading you correctly - that UL/Veneer is almost as damp as MAP (Enduro) / Nylon?

    A UL/Veneer GPO has been floating in my head as the ideal Winter touring ski.

    As it is, I'm loving my...
  32. Those teeth ... almost as scary as Nancy...

    Those teeth ... almost as scary as Nancy Kerigan's.

    ... Thom
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    Same thing landed in my spam folder on Sunday...

    Same thing landed in my spam folder on Sunday morning.

    Since I'm old school and keep an offline password list (on multiple flash drives), I checked and found the only place I used that password...
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    ^^^ double this ^^^ Just ask Todd Skinner's...

    ^^^ double this ^^^

    Just ask Todd Skinner's friends/family.
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    ^^^ this cannot be overemphasized ^^^ It can...

    ^^^ this cannot be overemphasized ^^^

    It can probably mess you up worse than a bad boot fit.

    ...Thom
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    Summertime blues ;-) ... Thom

    Summertime blues ;-)

    ... Thom
  37. A capacitor's biggest enemy is heat, so yeah,...

    A capacitor's biggest enemy is heat, so yeah, charge/no charge during storage ... whatever suits your fancy.

    ... Thom
  38. Poll: This is where I always end up as well.More like...

    This is where I always end up as well.More like changing from your 3 seasons to snows.

    I'll mount a pair of skis (alpine), and possibly (later on), mount touring bindings on them to see how they...
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    They oughta find you handy.

    They oughta find you handy.
  40. Scarpa ankles/heels were way too wide for me, and...

    Scarpa ankles/heels were way too wide for me, and it finally drove me to retire my Maestrales before their time. I really like the fit of both the Zero-G Pro and the Hawx.

    In retrospect, I'm...
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    Dawn dish soap and a nail brush worked well on a...

    Dawn dish soap and a nail brush worked well on a few years worth of grime on my cuffs. Patience is the key.

    ... Thom
  42. This year's thread bump, I read "bacon". Must be...

    This year's thread bump, I read "bacon". Must be time for dinner.
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    1000-oaks has a pair in gear swap, in case anyone...

    1000-oaks has a pair in gear swap, in case anyone is interested
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    At least Hagan tells you which ATK model they're...

    At least Hagan tells you which ATK model they're selling, although renaming it doesn't seem to make any sense.

    BD leaves it to you to figure it out. Silly branding exercise.
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    So I received delivery of that 303 stuff that...

    So I received delivery of that 303 stuff that @geezersteve is big on. Reading the application warnings on the back gives me pause. My wife has chemical sensitivities and I can envision problems the...
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    There's a lot of love around here for the STH 2s....

    There's a lot of love around here for the STH 2s.

    One stupid thing (mentioned earlier - and admittedly a minor nit) I wish Tyrolia would change is that tab for adjusting forward pressure. It's...
  47. So I lucked out with a 6-8” powder day two weeks...

    So I lucked out with a 6-8” powder day two weeks ago, and headed off to A-Basin with the EXPs and my Vipec mounted GPOs. The temptation to ski the GPOs all day was too great. About 4 hours in, the...
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    That was the biggest surprise yesterday. In...

    That was the biggest surprise yesterday. In retrospect, your analysis about Northern exposure makes sense.
  49. I have a BCA from about 2008 (Stash Pack, I...

    I have a BCA from about 2008 (Stash Pack, I think). It might have 2 days use. Too small for me - barely room for shovel/probe. PM me if you want a photo. $7.50 + shipping?

    [Edit] It's sold.
    ...
  50. Let's look at it this way. If a new geological...

    Let's look at it this way. If a new geological survey came out showing that Gasherbrum I was the highest peak on the planet how many of these people would still prioritize Everest?
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