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    Iím still wearing Taiga fleece pants from the...

    Iím still wearing Taiga fleece pants from the 90s. Theyíre going to outlast me. Taiga has always made simple, functional, absurdly durable gear without the slightest concession to current...
  2. Moab is fine that time of year, with good deals...

    Moab is fine that time of year, with good deals on cheap hotels (itís too cold to camp) and uncrowned trails. Just sleep in late and ride during the warmest parts of the day. Depending on the year...
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    I got over 250+ days on my first pair of IonLTs...

    I got over 250+ days on my first pair of IonLTs without issue (sold em cheap with full disclosure), and am over a 100 days on my 2nd. They seem bombproof and you shouldnít have any concerns. IMO the...
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    Narrow heel, low instep, ample forefoot width =...

    Narrow heel, low instep, ample forefoot width = Salomon Slab Xalp.
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    Iíve listened to both the Blister podcasts now,...

    Iíve listened to both the Blister podcasts now, and if nothing else these guys are fucking masters of marketing-eco-techno jargon. Itís a different language, that conveys a vague impression of...
  6. Dionysus.

    Dionysus.
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    I rarely get to ski truly bottomless or upside...

    I rarely get to ski truly bottomless or upside down conditions, but for the full range of snow Iím usually encountering I have nothing but praise for G3ís fully rockered designs (Empire 115 and...
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    G3 Empire Team

    https://ca-store.genuineguidegear.com/products/empire-team-edition

    I donít need a stiffer version of the Carbon Empire, but G3ís fully rockered skis were/are super fun, so good on em for stepping...
  9. Weíre all just bumbling through, trying to make...

    Weíre all just bumbling through, trying to make some sense of this infinite indivisible reality, yet limited to a peephole of subjectivity and the instincts of an ape. I donít go for any of that...
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    I wear basic Blundstone boots everyday for trail...

    I wear basic Blundstone boots everyday for trail building. Theyíre durable, comfy like slippers, easy on and off, no laces to catch when bush bashing, and provide plenty of protection yet they make...
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    I paid just over a $1100 (Canadian) taxes in, for...

    I paid just over a $1100 (Canadian) taxes in, for the saw with the 14Ē bar, two high capacity batteries, the belt pack and adapter, and and the rapid charger.
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    Just started using (trail building and...

    Just started using (trail building and maintenance) my new battery powered Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ saw. With or without the hip mounted external battery pack the thing is crazy light, quiet, and...
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    Looks like some fun adventuring.

    Looks like some fun adventuring.
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    The Bec delivers again. Slemett showed a nice mix...

    The Bec delivers again. Slemett showed a nice mix of skills. Turdell as smooth as ever, but needs to get creative. Lots of impressive charging. Judges nailed it.
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    As evidenced by their choice of wildcards...

    As evidenced by their choice of wildcards numerous recent judging, calls, the FWT seems very deliberately to be courting a freestyle audience. I have a ďtricks are for kidsĒ perspective, but...
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    Thatís quite a ways down the valley from where I...

    Thatís quite a ways down the valley from where I imagined itíd be.
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    Nothing but rumours, and not many of those. Itís...

    Nothing but rumours, and not many of those. Itís apparently on private land, so hasnít required a public process. Lots of great sled accessed touring close by and Cat skiing across the road, but from...
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    We sledded in on Friday, and skied on Saturday....

    We sledded in on Friday, and skied on Saturday. Figured we should get something fun accomplished while conditions while conditions were prime. Iíve not seen the North side, but planted directly below...
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    Mt Cooper, Goat Range BC. 274746 274749 274741...

    Mt Cooper, Goat Range BC.
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    Yes, I was watching for our local kid who placed...

    Yes, I was watching for our local kid who placed a very respectable 4th (shouldíve been 3rd). The Swiss kid that won looks ready for the adult podium.
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    I have a single (never been used) Speed Radical...

    I have a single (never been used) Speed Radical heel piece Iím never going to use. Make me an offer.
  22. I own 185 Kuros, and have skied a bit on 183...

    I own 185 Kuros, and have skied a bit on 183 Shiros, both mounted on the traditional line, and using Salomon STH bindings with no modifications. I enjoy adjusting my technique around the qualities of...
  23. Shiros are fun, but for the deep days Kuros rule.

    Shiros are fun, but for the deep days Kuros rule.
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    Got in one more sweet line yesterday, before...

    Got in one more sweet line yesterday, before Spring arrived in full force:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BvHUugjlnWr/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=4pstq2n27wk4

    and:
    ...
  25. Poll: Softshells for both maximum breathability and...

    Softshells for both maximum breathability and reduced striding resistance. Iíve found Windstopper softshells add a little weather protection (over non-membrane softshell) and handle the full range of...
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    Lolo is so full of shit. Asserting that Slemmetís...

    Lolo is so full of shit. Asserting that Slemmetís mild 360s off the top (which 12 year old freeskiers at my local hill could replicate) is somehow equivalent to Turdellís super technical entrance...
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    Scoring Slemmet over Turdell was...

    Scoring Slemmet over Turdell was incomprehensible. Still love watching Turdell ski, and was impressed by Navarroís aggression and legs of steel. Tanner skied like he didnít belong. Weird childish...
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    PSA Cheap Kingpin 13s

    CAN$375 and free shipping.

    https://skiisandbiikes.com/products/marker-kingpin-13-ski-bindings-2019
  29. Thread: Blister

    by kootenayskier
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    Being a technically proficient skier doesnít...

    Being a technically proficient skier doesnít necessarily correlate with an ability to effectively assess and communicate the qualities of skiing equipment, but Iíve always assumed itís a requirement....
  30. Thread: Blister

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    I pick through all the free content (website and...

    I pick through all the free content (website and podcasts) Blister provides, and find some of it interesting, and occasionally useful. I donít see any value in paying for the upgraded content, but...
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    Precipitation has been confined to Southern BC...

    Precipitation has been confined to Southern BC and further South since mid January. I skied Revy on Friday, and the resort still had reasonable coverage, snow quality was firm but not icy, and had a...
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    Thanks for the links. From my perspective as a...

    Thanks for the links. From my perspective as a former competitor, coach and judge back in the IFSA days, the FWT judging rules are not even close to a coherent system, just a vague (and poorly...
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    Lots of impressive skiing, but I wouldnít have...

    Lots of impressive skiing, but I wouldnít have scored Eder or Pollard in my top 10. I canít accept that guys pulling standard park tricks in mellow terrain get scored higher than those nailing...
  34. Thanks Lee. I donít have experience with either,...

    Thanks Lee. I donít have experience with either, but with high hopes for the Hoji Free boot, Iíve been weighing my options for a 50:50 setup for next year. The full time Shift users Iíve spoken with...
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    Very entertaining.

    Very entertaining.
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    For powder touring Iím sold on 108 - 115 ish...

    For powder touring Iím sold on 108 - 115 ish under foot, long and substantial rocker up front, gentle reverse camber under foot, long smooth supportive rockered tail into a flat (kick turntable) end,...
  37. The CAA already does a pretty good job, though...

    The CAA already does a pretty good job, though well after the fact.
    https://www.avalancheassociation.ca/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=5143665

    If you want to hone your skills and play safely, all the...
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    Iím loving the Salomon S/Lab X-Alps with Pro Tour...

    Iím loving the Salomon S/Lab X-Alps with Pro Tour liners for everything but Resort use. Incredible walk ability, fun skiing, and the best fitting boot by a significant margin for my low volume feet /...
  39. Nice catch. I was indulging in a minimalist...

    Nice catch. I was indulging in a minimalist obsession for a while there, but eventually came back around to appreciating the extra capacity.
  40. Iíve been using the Decensionist for a couple of...

    Iíve been using the Decensionist for a couple of months now. It seems a very well thought out design, with no issues. Compared to my limited knowledge of the Cilo and BD designs, Iím appreciating the...
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    I have considerable experience and interest in...

    I have considerable experience and interest in this field. Feel free to contact me if you want to get into details.
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    My top 5, in order, Rausis, Pehota, Liam...

    My top 5, in order, Rausis, Pehota, Liam Pfeiffer, Patterson, and Turdell
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    Iíve ridden and very much enjoyed some of the...

    Iíve ridden and very much enjoyed some of the trails theyíve refurbished. Most envious.
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    Yes, people can and do make poor decisions, but...

    Yes, people can and do make poor decisions, but we can also develop self awareness, and can learn from the mistakes of others. Understanding how and why others fucked up is exactly the point of the...
  45. Iím not spending the night out unless someoneís...

    Iím not spending the night out unless someoneís injured, so for packaging up a patient I just carry the vapour barrier sleeping bag liner I already own, which is light (128gms) packable and...
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    Gotta agree here. At least from the info provided...

    Gotta agree here. At least from the info provided in the video, after seemingly identifying the hazard on their first climb, both their choice of descent and the climbing route that that went so...
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    Poll: The occasional situations where Iíve experienced...

    The occasional situations where Iíve experienced where leashes have been useful (or where they would have been) include:
    Starting to ski, but due to user error not having properly secured my boot in...
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    Poll: I use the leashes that come with my G3 Ion LT...

    I use the leashes that come with my G3 Ion LT bindings. I appreciate that theyíll prevent a runaway ski in various low velocity situations, but on the rare occasions (perhaps 5 times in as many...
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    Great coverage. Good stability. Snow quality...

    Great coverage. Good stability. Snow quality varies considerably with elevation and aspect, and will have changed within 2 weeks.
  50. Thread: G3 skins

    by kootenayskier
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    Iíve been using the new G3 Universals (or...

    Iíve been using the new G3 Universals (or whatever theyíre called) this year (~20 days touring). I donít find any appreciable performance difference from previous Alpinist/Scala models. I donít ever...
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