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  1. Return 'em. BD is selling them for $58 or $59. ...

    Return 'em. BD is selling them for $58 or $59.

    ... Thom
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    I smell a gear mod ;-)

    I smell a gear mod ;-)
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    While the quirky step-in is real, it's a bit ...

    While the quirky step-in is real, it's a bit overblown, and I wouldn't remotely call it a show stopper - just a quirky tech binding entry.

    I can see where one might be concerned when stepping in...
  4. I think we're basically on the same page. I...

    I think we're basically on the same page.

    I could have been more clear. I was trying to address the idea of someone who says they need some mass to bust through chop.

    From this perspective,...
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    ^^^ this ^^^

    ^^^ this ^^^
  6. This makes a lot of sense. My thinking has...

    This makes a lot of sense. My thinking has evolved along the lines of looking at total mass perspective, as opposed to density. IOW, if I like how a 2200g ski behaves, I might go heavier in a...
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    And me here, with a gimpy knee (and shut down for...

    And me here, with a gimpy knee (and shut down for other reasons - we won't go there), in suspense over how those CD 104Ls I got from @dschane will ski.

    Mounted with RT10s, they're 1820g. With...
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    Drop 300-400 grams per foot with a lighter...

    Drop 300-400 grams per foot with a lighter binding, and yer there!

    ... Thom
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    Yes, the elusive, Goldilocks, 100-ish ski ;-) ...

    Yes, the elusive, Goldilocks, 100-ish ski ;-)

    ... Thom
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    My RT10 brake assembly looks like the removable...

    My RT10 brake assembly looks like the removable FR14 assembly that @macon documents in post #40.

    I suspect your Crest is the same.

    I haven't tried removing mine yet, and I suspect you might...
  11. I asked about this last year, and the general...

    I asked about this last year, and the general consensus was to customize a BC instead (stiffness, layup, etc.) - that the BC is essentially a narrow GPO, with appropriate changes, and of course, in...
  12. No question, it's still the best deal in town for...

    No question, it's still the best deal in town for a build quality like this. I'll bet you could talk him into a +5/-5 build - maybe at worst, if you paid the rocker premium on the "most difficult"...
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    I think he's gonna get a lot more questions, and...

    I think he's gonna get a lot more questions, and poor Keith is gonna go nuts answering them. No good deed goes unpunished and all that :eek:

    BTW, I didn't want to come off as a whiner. I think,...
  14. Well, the custom sale pricing makes it a lot...

    Well, the custom sale pricing makes it a lot easier to pass up this Spring, but primarily due to economic uncertainty. This is fair pricing on phenomenal builds with more choices as well, but just...
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    I like how he reorganized the site, although the...

    I like how he reorganized the site, although the Easiest / More Difficult / Most Difficult custom levels causes a lot of extra clicking.

    ... Thom
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    Thanks Jonathan. I updated post #1 (and the...

    Thanks Jonathan. I updated post #1 (and the downloadable spreadsheet). BTW, skimo's ramp delta for the SL World Cup (Helio 110) and Trofeo (Helio 145) look really wacky.

    Of interest, I was on...
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    I don't remember screw keepers on the two pairs...

    I don't remember screw keepers on the two pairs of Pivot 14s I mounted a couple of years ago, but I don't see a problem with drilling them out so the screws turn freely.

    Another challenge...
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    I'm not trying to introduce FUD about the Shifts,...

    I'm not trying to introduce FUD about the Shifts, but are you under the impression that the Shift doesn't make extensive use of composites?

    Do you have any idea how heavy the Shift would be if...
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    Well, MAP/Enduro/flex#4 isn't exactly a touring...

    Well, MAP/Enduro/flex#4 isn't exactly a touring layup ;-)

    ... Thom
  20. The overarching question for you is whether you...

    The overarching question for you is whether you expect there to be a ski season next year.

    I'm setting the over/under at Feb. 1st.

    I'm viewing waiting it out at the risk of higher prices as the...
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    I was talking with a roaster a few years ago. ...

    I was talking with a roaster a few years ago. His take was that the oils (from not using a paper filter) slow down or buffer caffeine absorption, making for a steadier, less spikey buzz than a...
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    Carbon works well if your basement is carpeted. ...

    Carbon works well if your basement is carpeted. Otherwise (bare concrete), I'd stay away from it.

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ Do folks really think they won't be...

    ^^^ this ^^^ Do folks really think they won't be incentivizing pass purchases through at least November this year, or that life will return to a facsimile of normal before January?

    ... Thom
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    You all realize there's a thread dedicated to the...

    You all realize there's a thread dedicated to the topic, right?

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=334452

    ... Thom
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    The 182, MAP / Carbon / Nylon top / flex #4s are...

    The 182, MAP / Carbon / Nylon top / flex #4s are 2020, and the 182, Enduro / Veneer / flex #4s come in at 2040.

    I dream about a UL Veneer pair to replace the nylon top ones (mounted with the Helio...
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    Toe caps - another good point. I always mold...

    Toe caps - another good point. I always mold with double toe caps.

    Don't underestimate the benefits of SHORT toenails (worth about 1/3 of a size).

    12mm shell fit and Bob's your uncle.

    I had...
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    Blister has the Evo's at 595...

    Blister has the Evo's at 595 (https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/2017-2018-fritschi-vipec-evo).

    I bought some used Steeples, and Evo had the 179s at 1920. Mine weigh 2110. Of course, with...
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    That sounds consistent with my results. I...

    That sounds consistent with my results.

    I might add that for my slightly shorter than 9.5 foot and 25.5 shells, I keep my toenails extremely short - a habit from rock climbing.

    If my foot...
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    Yeah, I doubt anyone would argue that...

    Yeah, I doubt anyone would argue that Vipecs/Tectons aren't smoother than traditional tech bindings.

    I read your "ski better"comments (above) as more about controlling the ski, how you engage...
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    Maybe you guys are responding to stack height...

    Maybe you guys are responding to stack height preferences? ATKs are much closer to the ski (I like that).

    A lot of people like more stack height.

    I don't know if skimo's numbers are correct,...
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    Assuming he knows how to measure, it sounds like...

    Assuming he knows how to measure, it sounds like they're 187s. A 187 should measure in the 185 to 185.5 range (maybe 73" plus a little).

    ... Thom
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    Yeah, odds are you're a 27/27.5 shell. I'm a...

    Yeah, odds are you're a 27/27.5 shell. I'm a tick below 9-1/2 on my big foot and have about 10-12mm space in my 25.5s.

    ... Thom
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    Definitely an "odd" design decision. Thanks for...

    Definitely an "odd" design decision. Thanks for the tip. Punching helped a bit, and since I only ski it inbounds (and occasional side country), I haven't pursued it further.

    Back to our...
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    This might be a data point ... or not ... My...

    This might be a data point ... or not ...

    My 25.5 OG XT 130 Freetours (LV) feel tighter in the toe box than my 25.5 ZGTPs (last year's model - unchanged for this year).

    The shell fit feels...
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    If I didn't already have a MAP / Carbon /#4 /...

    If I didn't already have a MAP / Carbon /#4 / Nylon top GPO in 182 and Enduro / Veneer / #4 (also 182), those Screaming Bears would be a consideration.

    I'm toying with the idea of getting down...
  36. @1000-oaks' original post was a good reminder to...

    @1000-oaks' original post was a good reminder to bump for the season - leaking batteries & all that.

    I should have left the passing comment out - a comment best left for all of the countless...
  37. Never mind ...

    Never mind ...
  38. So, two beacons have been lying on the floor,...

    So, two beacons have been lying on the floor, next to my gloves which have been dry for a couple weeks. Pulling the batteries out so early in the year had so much finality associated with it.

    I...
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    I initially read this as a variant of the old...

    I initially read this as a variant of the old Dynafiddle technique of engaging the heel pins first.

    If I understand you correctly, you mean push the toe lever halfway - treating the toes as if...
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    So I have two new to me pairs of skis I can't get...

    So I have two new to me pairs of skis I can't get out on until after the apocalypse, and I surf over to the Praxis site ... because ... n + 1.

    Thank goodness there's no UL option. I don't want to...
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    Yeah, @grinch tells me you need 5 days on them to...

    Yeah, @grinch tells me you need 5 days on them to figure 'em out. I don't get 5 days a year inbounds for days you "need" ProTests so my patience wore thin after day 2, especially when I knew how...
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    I'm one for three - loving GPOs and grateful...

    I'm one for three - loving GPOs and grateful there was a market to sell the other two.

    ... Thom
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    Thanks. I plugged in their numbers. When I...

    Thanks. I plugged in their numbers.

    When I initially looked at them a few months ago, I didn't trust their results, because their intermediate numbers for the calculation (the raw height of the...
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    Indeed they do (crush it all). I'm always late...

    Indeed they do (crush it all). I'm always late (in the season) in switching away from them.

    Corn season also means slush at some point in the day, and they handle that well too.

    ... Thom
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    I added ramp delta and riser height columns to...

    I added ramp delta and riser height columns to first post. I also added a link to download the spreadsheet (Excel 2013). I also added two comparison rows (Fritschi Vipec Black & Plum Guide) to help...
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    @the_flying_v snoozes and loses ;-)

    @the_flying_v snoozes and loses ;-)
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    I'll add a ramp angle and riser height column to...

    I'll add a ramp angle and riser height column to the spreadsheet on the ATK thread tonight (https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=334162). I'll also add a download link (not just a...
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    If those screaming bears were ULs, I'd be...

    If those screaming bears were ULs, I'd be seriously weakening.

    It's probably just a website glitch, but I don't see a UL option for GPOs at the moment. I can't get a flex 3/UL/Veneer GPO out of...
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    Poll: Thanks. I like the flexibility of a 3mm cord...

    Thanks. I like the flexibility of a 3mm cord girth hitched for modification on the fly. I'm definitely not 100% bought into my attachment method. It could stand some improvement.

    I've also...
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    4-40 and not metric? Interesting. I guess...

    4-40 and not metric? Interesting. I guess that's to screw the volcanoes into the top plate so it's all made here, in the land of freedom units.

    Here's a link for the OP: ...
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