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    For me, a fellow skinny calf sufferer, a booster...

    For me, a fellow skinny calf sufferer, a booster strap as a fifth buckle (riveted as high as possible on the back of the shell, and wrapped around the boot liner only as high as possible in the...
  2. Thread: 1kg Boot thread

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    Got out touring at PC in the AM and Alta...

    Got out touring at PC in the AM and Alta sidecountry in the PM today. I moved my Xenics brakeless to my 184cm BC 120s, ski/binding weight of approx 2130gm per foot. Paired with the Travers in a 27.5...
  3. Thread: 1kg Boot thread

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    Saw the COVID-19 tsunami approaching two weeks...

    Saw the COVID-19 tsunami approaching two weeks ago and thought the resorts might close. Freaked out and ordered some 2018 Fischer Travers in a 27.5 (one size up from alpine boots) on sale.

    Uphill:...
  4. Thread: Line Vision 98

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    Not too stiff. Totally functional so far for me...

    Not too stiff. Totally functional so far for me when changing modes.
  5. Thread: Line Vision 98

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    Got out this AM again in some funky post-closure...

    Got out this AM again in some funky post-closure resort snow. With the lighter, softer boot, this ski requires precise balance and a centered stance in uneven chop/irregular firm snow. More so than...
  6. Thread: Line Vision 98

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    Sorry y’all... COVID-19 craziness here. Haven’t...

    Sorry y’all... COVID-19 craziness here. Haven’t had anytime to ski or post. Trying to prep my hospital to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

    But I did some retail therapy as this shit...
  7. Thread: Line Vision 98

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    Line Vision 98

    I know this ski has been discussed in other threads, but I’ve had a few of you PM me about it. So I’ll try to consolidate my thoughts here.

    Me: 145 lbs, 5’ 9” tall, 40-something yo dad who lives...
  8. Thread: 1kg Boot thread

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    I know this isn’t a sock thread, but I’ll put in...

    I know this isn’t a sock thread, but I’ll put in one more vote for Dissent Pro Fit Thin Nano Tour socks. Significant improvement for me over the SmartWool and Darn Tough options I’ve tried in the...
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    Atomic BC 120 184cm with toe inserts for Tectons...

    Atomic BC 120 184cm with toe inserts for Tectons and Xenic brakeless: 2500 gm vs 2250 gm

    Line Vision 98 179cm with Xenic brakeless: 1750 gm

    Atomic Hawx XTD 130 26.5 with 27 Tour Wraps, Booster...
  10. I like your style, still have a pair of 186 cm...

    I like your style, still have a pair of 186 cm Sickles with blue STH 14s myself. By chance do you have any Scimitars too? I loved my 185 cm Scimitars to death, and they have delaminated twice now...
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    Xenic and Tecton toe mounts with inserts......

    Xenic and Tecton toe mounts with inserts... additional holes but pin position is exactly the same for the two bindings. Heel tracks left mounted with wood screws in the ski, should be able the use...
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    I think the question to size up or down will...

    I think the question to size up or down will depend in part on your shell fit. For my 26.5 Hawx XTD 130s with a one finger shell fit (and big toe punches), the stock liner was a little too short...
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    Resurrection of a dead thread... I want my two...

    Resurrection of a dead thread... I want my two dollars!! ;)

    Having blown my thumb on the bike this summer, I’m going to repeat what’s been said already. If you are an old man trying to progress...
  14. Thread: Shift V2?

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    Thread drift away from Shift V2, sorry.... But...

    Thread drift away from Shift V2, sorry....

    But the JTT clip on ripping skins without taking your skis off still stands the test of time:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yzVWrdWKLt4
  15. ACL reconstructions, mostly hamstring (semi-t)...

    ACL reconstructions, mostly hamstring (semi-t) autograft. Some cadaver allografts too, and a rare BTB patellar tendon now and again.

    If the ACL is only partially torn, sometimes the surgeon will...
  16. Thread: New ACL

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    Just saw this thread.... a few comments about ACL...

    Just saw this thread.... a few comments about ACL repair in general.
    1) Choice of graft is still mostly surgeon dependent. It seems possible that the strength of repair options may be patellar...
  17. As a doctor and a park rat, I am doubly amused by...

    As a doctor and a park rat, I am doubly amused by the above comment :)

    As someone who was torn his own ACL (albeit not on skis), I would love to see the original study redone with the modern...
  18. Thread: Bent Chet 120

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    One more data point: Finally got some days on...

    One more data point:

    Finally got some days on these in deep pow. Touring days in Big and Little Cottonwood last week, and some Canyons sidecountry. Set up with Tectons and Hawx 130 XTDs, mounted...
  19. Another vote for light merino, I really like the...

    Another vote for light merino, I really like the Smartwool PhD Ultralight shirt with 1/4 zipper. I don’t think they make it anymore though.

    Bottoms are harder for me, on warmer days touring I...
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    I think that is another “know thyself” question...

    I think that is another “know thyself” question and answer. I chose the Vision 98 as my lightest, narrowest touring ski as part of a three ski touring quiver. I like it because I’m used to skis with...
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    You are a big boy! Seems like the 189cm Vision...

    You are a big boy! Seems like the 189cm Vision 108 might be the better call if you are looking for float. Would it be part of a bigger touring quiver or your only touring ski?

    I toured my 179cm...
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    Haha!! It was NYE, I was one day off. ;) My...

    Haha!! It was NYE, I was one day off. ;)

    My knee is feeling pretty good, let me know if you want to do a few old man park laps sometime. Same goes to any other old man park lurkers on Tech Talk.
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    First day on the outdoor park at Woodward PC...

    First day on the outdoor park at Woodward PC today. Even during peak holiday season for Park City, half the chairs were empty. Multiple park options on the descent, including a bunch of...
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    Women’s version of the Daemon comes in around...

    Women’s version of the Daemon comes in around 1750gm for the 170, probably not light enough for what you wanted though.

    I have looked for a used pair of 176cm BMT 94s for the last few years and...
  25. Thread: Inkline Closed?

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    Brent at PC Ski Boot is good. Marshall posted...

    Brent at PC Ski Boot is good.

    Marshall posted that Matt at PC Ski Boot should also be on the list.

    I think he meant Matt Schiller, and he has opened up his own shop as of last winter. Good guy...
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    Ha! I wasn’t very clear there, eh? ;) Yes, I...

    Ha! I wasn’t very clear there, eh? ;)

    Yes, I meant has anyone done the inserts for toes and single heel track mount and actually skied them. Not has anyone tried to switch from Xenic to Tecton...
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    Thanks 1000-oaks. Keep us informed on how it...

    Thanks 1000-oaks. Keep us informed on how it works out for you. I want to go this route on a 2-3 ski quiver of touring skis if it makes sense.
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    Still really considering Xenic/Tecton combo...

    Still really considering Xenic/Tecton combo mounts, with inserts for the toes (and possibly a toe shim for the Xenic) and a single wood screw mount for the heel track with the ability to just worm...
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    Still have a pair. Recommended is -6cm from TC....

    Still have a pair. Recommended is -6cm from TC.

    When I switched from the metal Katana 184 to the Sickle 186 as my daily driver, I initially mounted the Sickle at +2cm (-4cm from TC) per Blister’s...
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    I will second GregL’s comments on the Hawx XTD...

    I will second GregL’s comments on the Hawx XTD 130 vs Freetour LV 130.

    The cuff/heel/ankle fit is much tighter in the Hawx. The walk mode of the Hawx has much more ROM and has lower resistance...
  31. My HotGear bag heating element also died after...

    My HotGear bag heating element also died after 250 days of heavy use. If you get a replacement, I’d love to hear about it.

    In the interim I bought one of these.
    ...
  32. Thread: Quiver question

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    Roger that. On good snow years, I preferred...

    Roger that.

    On good snow years, I preferred 105-115 underfoot as the daily driver for AltaBird skiing. So many soft snow/deep chop/pow days, and so little time spent on piste.

    Like others have...
  33. Thread: Quiver question

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    Gotta ask, which SLC resorts? My quiver...

    Gotta ask, which SLC resorts?

    My quiver changed significantly when I moved from being an SLC based AltaBird skier to a PC based Canyons/PC/DV skier.
  34. Sally binding experts: is there any quick fix for...

    Sally binding experts: is there any quick fix for an STH14 heel piece worm screw that doesn’t seem to move the heel piece at all? I’ve got a slightly shorter BSL this year and I can’t make my STH14...
  35. Given the criteria in the original post, why not...

    Given the criteria in the original post, why not the 183cm Black Crows Corvus? Seems like the closest thing to an “easier Cochise” on the market at present. Titanal, long radius, minimal taper,...
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    I do exactly what smooth operator says. Lace up...

    I do exactly what smooth operator says. Lace up the stock liner on your foot first. It takes 20 seconds per side. Slide your foot/liner combo into the shell. Boom, ready to go skiing!

    When you are...
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    The Zipfit material is described as “liquid cork”...

    The Zipfit material is described as “liquid cork” and I’d say that’s not far off in my experience. It will remodel to most shells and feet after 5-10 minutes in a heated boot bag or on a heat stack....
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    I will add one more vote for Zipfits, especially...

    I will add one more vote for Zipfits, especially for the skinny heel/ankle problem. I’ve added multiple rounds of OMFIT myself via both the ankle ports and the port at the base of the tongue to...
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    No experience with the Fischer Travers, but like...

    No experience with the Fischer Travers, but like I posted in a different thread, I tried on the new Atomic Backland Carbon boots and was impressed. No longer need tongues, ROM walk mode was...
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    Line Vision 108 not on the list? Too progressive...

    Line Vision 108 not on the list? Too progressive of a mount point?

    https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/2019-2020-line-vision-108
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    My buddy picked up a dual motor Model X on a 3 yr...

    My buddy picked up a dual motor Model X on a 3 yr lease last month. I have nothing valuable to add, but I will say holy shit that thing is fun to drive.

    And now you can play this annoyingly catchy...
  42. Moment Deathwish Tour looks pretty awesome too....

    Moment Deathwish Tour looks pretty awesome too. Never skied it so just speculating. But flat underfoot foot and 1650gm in a 184, progressive mount point, straight shape/long turn radius, and lots of...
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    Interesting.... how does the Evo work then? It...

    Interesting.... how does the Evo work then? It shares the lateral elasticity and potential lateral release of the Tecton toe, but doesn’t it use the standard heel pin tech of most tech bindings? Or...
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    I am intrigued by this. Spyderjon (or other...

    I am intrigued by this. Spyderjon (or other binding experts), do you think it would be possible to swap out Tecton and Xenic heels via the base plate, but leave a Tecton toe in place for both set...
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    Yeah, it’s an imperfect method no doubt. If you...

    Yeah, it’s an imperfect method no doubt. If you care about exact millimeter by millimeter profiles, it’s probably the wrong call.

    But if you are just trying to change a ski to flat camber...
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    I have decambered a few skis without metal with...

    I have decambered a few skis without metal with good results. Never tried to decrease tail rocker per se, but it seems like it would work.

    The easiest (or maybe laziest) method was to use clamps...
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    I didn’t try the 26.5, I keep losing toenails on...

    I didn’t try the 26.5, I keep losing toenails on my bigger foot with a performance fit in my current touring boots. I bet I could make a 26.5 Backland work if needed, I was trying for a comfort fit...
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    Greg, do you have the new Backland Carbon? The...

    Greg, do you have the new Backland Carbon? The one that doesn’t use the tongue? I have the Hawx XTD 130 from last year in a 26.5 and I tried on the new Backland Carbon in a 27.5 at SkiMo as a...
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    I’m going to try this experiment this year. Hawx...

    I’m going to try this experiment this year. Hawx Ultra 120s with CAST mod and Zipfits, paired with Shifts for inbounds mornings/short tour afternoons out of the gates at Canyons. I’ll try to do back...
  50. Thread: Bent Chet 120

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    I wasn’t recovered fully from my ACL repair last...

    I wasn’t recovered fully from my ACL repair last season, and I only got a handful of days on the CT 4.0s, so my opinion may be way off. But in general I agree with HukuTa: the CT 4.0 is a pretty...
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