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    I should look at this on a large monitor. ...

    I should look at this on a large monitor.


    BTW I had no idea that Kneissl was still in business: https://kneissl.com/products-skis-services/

    ... Thom
  2. His friend will likely sell his touring rig as...

    His friend will likely sell his touring rig as soon as there's a guarantee that the lifts will be spinning next winter.

    ... Thom
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    Hint: it's blue has a star on it, and was made...

    Hint: it's blue has a star on it, and was made by Kneissl.
    gregL beat me to it (the Blue Star). The triple diamond logo is Fisher.

    ... Thom
  4. So your friend will always have this problem with...

    So your friend will always have this problem with any tech bindings that are in his "use category". Obviously, an ATK Trofeo is super light (and not in his sphere), but if he's a Duke/Guardian/frame...
  5. I seem to recall the trickle beginning sometime...

    I seem to recall the trickle beginning sometime before Labor Day as well. Keith would batch the orders by model, so (for example) a GPO ordered in April might not arrive until October and the folks...
  6. Same here ... wanting to support him, but...

    Same here ... wanting to support him, but currently owning a near perfect quiver. If I were to get obsessive to the last little nit, I'd replace my touring GPOs (MAP/Carbon/Nylon) with a UL/veneer...
  7. They just sold! Thanks! Yeah, for me it was...

    They just sold!

    Thanks! Yeah, for me it was the time to set up the softboxes that was pissing me off, so I went with some LED panels and umbrellas for diffusion.

    I found myself delaying a...
  8. Thanks! Yeah, for me it was the time to set up...

    Thanks! Yeah, for me it was the time to set up the softboxes that was pissing me off, so I went with some LED panels and umbrellas for diffusion.

    I found myself delaying a product shoot 'coz I...
  9. FS: 3 Impact Lights with Softboxes (daylight fluorescent)

    $$$ Sold $$$ - thanks for looking!

    How does $40 clear to me for all three sound? I don't want these to end up in the landfill.

    Each fixture takes 4 fluorescent bulbs. Included are:


    3...
  10. FS: 3 Impact Lights with Softboxes (daylight fluorescent)

    $$$ Sold $$$ ... thanks for looking, folks!

    How does $40 clear to me for all three sound? I don't want these to end up in the landfill.

    Each fixture takes 4 fluorescent bulbs. Included are:...
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    Yup, it looked like plastic to me in the photo,...

    Yup, it looked like plastic to me in the photo, but you can never tell. I'll use the plastic handle of a screw driver to push or (worst-case) tap that section of the unmounted toe whenever I face...
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    Most of the tech toes I've handled have the toe...

    Most of the tech toes I've handled have the toe arm assembly protrude below the base plate when unmounted. Out of curiosity, what did you use, and how much force did you apply?

    It's still rather...
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    I wish circumstances allowed me to get on my...

    I wish circumstances allowed me to get on my 104Ls this Spring, but I'd trust Boissal and mall walker more than me (due to # of miles traveled on Downs) ... that the 104 series is totally different. ...
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    My CD 114s kicked my Praxis Qs to the curb ......

    My CD 114s kicked my Praxis Qs to the curb ... more of an equal but better for me sort of thing. They're nearly as predictable as my 2014 Billy Goats in 3D chop.

    I'd love to see a 114L come out...
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    I'm glad your day had a good outcome (obviously)....

    I'm glad your day had a good outcome (obviously).

    Neither of my ATKs have pins in the toes like that, but from the photo, I'd guess that they're a press fit into the body of the toe piece. ...
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    Also curious about the failure mode ... exactly...

    Also curious about the failure mode ... exactly what happened.

    That pin must be a press fit?

    ... Thom
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    @mall walker has been on pretty much everything. ...

    @mall walker has been on pretty much everything. My experience runs to a limited trial of the LD102s and a couple generations of the CD104s (not Ls, but read on).

    I I wrote about the LD102...
  18. All those people who are back to normal are going...

    All those people who are back to normal are going to freak out when the second wave hits this Fall/Winter.

    My strategy is aligned with @Whiteroom_Guardian and @TahoeJ, although over the past few...
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    Maybe Greg @ Alpinezone should absorb them ;-)

    Maybe Greg @ Alpinezone should absorb them ;-)
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    Yup, I view any price bump as an insurance...

    Yup, I view any price bump as an insurance premium, although as it stands now, I'm going to have a difficult time convincing my wife to let me ride lifts next year. That's a whole 'nuther subject.
    ...
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    I gotta say that this is one great thing about...

    I gotta say that this is one great thing about the ATKs (easy step-in), although I can't speak to the "U" spring versions - just the Haute Route and the RT10.

    ... Thom
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    I thought this was more the characteristic of the...

    I thought this was more the characteristic of the Vipecs as the lever works in the opposite direction - down to go into tour mode.

    The few times this has occurred, I always assumed I stomped on...
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    That's a smokin' deal on shipping!

    That's a smokin' deal on shipping!
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    I could have been less curt, but this is TGR...

    I could have been less curt, but this is TGR after all.

    My take ... folks make reservations and then life happens.

    In normal circumstances, we don't have visibility into who decided to go...
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    They won and you didn't. Get over it.

    They won and you didn't. Get over it.
  26. Is your contact form driven by a Wordpress...

    Is your contact form driven by a Wordpress plugin?

    Mainly to prime your thinking, here's an article on controlling spam on Contact Form 7 (a popular Wordpress plugin):...
  27. Is it time yet yet for greg@alpinezone to weigh...

    Is it time yet yet for greg@alpinezone to weigh in on how hot New Jersey babes dig guys who wear masks?

    Sarcasm aside (in case there was any doubt), I'm all in on masks (notwithstanding, or maybe...
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    One of the guys at skimo told me that they had a...

    One of the guys at skimo told me that they had a few returns of the Kreuzspitze GT heel this year (the top plate). Hard to say if he was trying to steer me toward a higher $$$ Hagan or not. I...
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    Hi All, I added the download link in the first...

    Hi All,

    I added the download link in the first post (for the 2020/21 catalog). It's downloadable from @Spyderjon's site.

    Download the catalog from here:...
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    Thanks Jon. No loss for me (regarding 14 RV - I...

    Thanks Jon. No loss for me (regarding 14 RV - I run at about 8).

    I assume it's OK with me posting the catalog on my server and linking to to in the first post in this thread?

    That C-Raider 12...
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    Seems as if they reversed the names for 2020/21:...

    Seems as if they reversed the names for 2020/21:


    Rear brake versions are C-Raider 12 and Freeraider 14.
    Front brake version is now called the Front-12 (assume there's a Front-14 as well). ...
  32. About the only downside I can see to to a uke as...

    About the only downside I can see to to a uke as a gateway drug is that the standard tuning is different from a guitar, so you'd be learning chords all over again if you decided to switch.

    ... Thom
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    Both pairs of my Vipecs now have cable loops in...

    Both pairs of my Vipecs now have cable loops in the dedicated slot under the front screw - an attachment point for a quick, emergency clip-in to a leash in dicey entrances. That, combined with...
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    My buddies who insist on wearing muted colors in...

    My buddies who insist on wearing muted colors in whiteout conditions really piss me off. Count me in the "bright for safety" crowd.

    ... Thom
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    Yeah, I've found myself doing the 180 at the...

    Yeah, I've found myself doing the 180 at the beginning (pins rearward), since that medium-high flippy position isn't all that high, and if I find myself having to drop over a log, I flip into flat...
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    I love my Vipec Blacks, and yes, the forced...

    I love my Vipec Blacks, and yes, the forced choice with the Helio 200s is a bit of a nuisance (spin for flat/med-high vs. race style), but you still have to reach down to transition between ski and...
  37. That's funny, like deciding what food you feel...

    That's funny, like deciding what food you feel like eating based on whether or not you can use a fork, vs. having to use a spoon.
  38. Scarlett Begonias solo: ...

    Scarlett Begonias solo:

    https://youtu.be/5lL_Mjk8wyk

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ Given my wife's age and upper...

    ^^^ this ^^^
    Given my wife's age and upper respiratory system risk factors, combined with the imminent 2nd wave, and the fact that I refreshed my skin supply with two pairs of Pomocas, I know what...
  40. Damn it. You beat me to it ;-)

    Damn it. You beat me to it ;-)
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    So, more like 2.1cm for the tail "half", but...

    So, more like 2.1cm for the tail "half", but who's counting ;-)
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    I'm with Goat on this one. We boomers take a...

    I'm with Goat on this one.

    We boomers take a lot of crap, and I get it. It sucks that the American Dream is dead/dying.

    Just remember that the 60s were when the civil rights movement took...
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    I never got the whole 5cm shorter thing for kick...

    I never got the whole 5cm shorter thing for kick turns. I get going shorter because they work better for you on the down, but dropping 5 cm in length for kick turns is only 2.5cm on each end. Look...
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    Both (I wish I didn't have to write that).

    Both (I wish I didn't have to write that).
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    So I was cleaning up my photo folder and came...

    So I was cleaning up my photo folder and came across shots of the pair of CD 102s that I picked up from @auvgeek a while ago, and subsequently moved on from.

    It's tough to keep track of all of...
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    The TX4 looks like a new version of a Sportiva I...

    The TX4 looks like a new version of a Sportiva I used to own. It was a nice compromise - wider toe with sticky rubber and a bit of a tread.

    ... Thom
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    I found the LD 102s required a fore/aft weight...

    I found the LD 102s required a fore/aft weight shift in mid-turn on hard snow (low angle, medium radius turns), and this took a conscious adjustment that I found non-intuitive. I'd start a turn...
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    So my spreadsheet says that the straight pull on...

    So my spreadsheet says that the straight pull on my 181 CD 104Ls is 179.5. Curiously, I show 180 for the CD 104s that @mall walker is riding.

    The CD104s will feel a bit shorter than the LD...
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    I suspect you may be right about a jump from 104...

    I suspect you may be right about a jump from 104 to 120'ish being better quiver spacing. Of course, here In Colorado, we have to meadowskip in the winter, so fat is even more beneficial (so you can...
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    Yeah, in that link in my post above, I describe...

    Yeah, in that link in my post above, I describe that scenario, and why I transitioned to attaching my leash to my boot, and clipping to the toe piece instead of clipping to my boot.

    ... Thom
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