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    Less than stellar grip and a little...

    Less than stellar grip and a little washy-deflecty on early-morning refrozen manky surfaces. (hence the score of about 7 for hard conditions) Playful, loose and fun once things warm up. Pick a...
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    Review: Liberty VMT 76 (2018-2019)

    Ok...there's tons of snow everywhere right now, but when fresh snow gets hard to find and groomers are all we have left to play with at the lift-serviced hills, you need the right tool for the job. ...
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    Has anyone tried the pre-packaged screw kits...

    Has anyone tried the pre-packaged screw kits offered by QuiverKillers yet?
    https://quiverkiller.com/products/fastener-kits-by-binding

    They list fastener kits by binding...hopefully tested and...
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    Renoun Citadel 106 Review (2018-2019)

    Here's a quick summary after a bunch of us spent several weeks last Spring on these expensive ($1,499) freeride boards. The non-Newtonian polymer (HDT in Renoun's marketing blurb) dampening material...
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    I'm late to the party...but BF has this on their...

    I'm late to the party...but BF has this on their website for Shift screw lengths for their inserts:

    https://www.bindingfreedom.com/salomon/

    Shift

    2 - 10mm flat heads with head diameter...
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    We're trying to keep track of where the 450+...

    We're trying to keep track of where the 450+ small brands are being manufactured around the globe...but it's frickin' hard...if anyone is bored on a rainy day and wants to help us update our...
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    We've tested a bunch of Whitedots with various...

    We've tested a bunch of Whitedots with various flax layups....lighter than fiberglass...good combo with carbon layers to keep the pingy, over-carbonated feel down to a dull roar...works really well...
  8. Ski Geeks Rejoice: 400+ Ski Companies Listed (not the big 10)

    Happy Holidays ski geeks:

    We updated our eternally outdated list..so here's where we stand (screenshot):

    Many are dead and gone...but new ones have sprouted up.

    Thanks to skiers like you,...
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    We had three different people on the Leki...

    We had three different people on the Leki Toursticks over the last couple seasons...they've been rock-solid...I even use them as a daily pole for frontside lift-service groomer skiing when there's no...
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    Haven't ridden the Line SN100 yet, so can't...

    Haven't ridden the Line SN100 yet, so can't comment on any comparison. In my opinion, the Liberty Variant 87 is not a race-carver "dedicated hard snow ski"...but more frontside, groomer-happy ski. ...
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    [QUOTE=thefortrees;5144968]So how do they ski?...

    [QUOTE=thefortrees;5144968]So how do they ski? I'm intrigued by the science behind it.[/QUOTE

    We've put them through the ringer since they came out....a few reviews here:...
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    I got a bunch of runs on the Origin 96, 106, 116...

    I got a bunch of runs on the Origin 96, 106, 116 and Variant 87 and 97 last winter in Vermont. Liberty still makes the Variant 113 I(they had dropped it but kept limited pairs available for...
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    Review: Silo Custom Skis (VT)

    Finally got a few days on Lars Whitman's Silo skis this winter....hand-built in a trailer workshop (for now) by one of the nicest guys you'd ever hoist a hard cider with. Lars loves to make skis and...
  14. Mixed Conditions: The Kingfishers really shine...

    Mixed Conditions:

    The Kingfishers really shine in mixed surface conditions, or when youhave powder in the morning and cut-up chop mid-day leading totracked-out surfaces in the afternoon. Parlor...
  15. Review: Parlor Kingfisher 105 Medium & Stiff Flex 2016-2017

    Parlor Kingfisher 105 178cm Medium Flex
    138-105-125 r=18.2m@178cm 2016-2017

    Parlor Kingfisher 105 185cm Stiff Flex
    140-105-126 r=18.1m@185cm 2016-2017

    “Surfy When You Want It......
  16. Least harmful base-cleaner/wax remover...latest and greatest ?

    What are people using lately to clean old wax, grease and dirt from bases? Trying to avoid stuff like SWIX base cleaner and similar haz-mat stuff. Detergents work OK for grease and dirt...leaves wax...
  17. Analogies: ("This ski is like...") An...

    Analogies: ("This ski is like...")

    An all-mountain street racer with serious power and handling if you drive it with authority. Just cruising around with it almost seems like a waste. Both hands...
  18. Review: Parlor Cardinal (trad camber) 2016-2017

    Parlor Cardinal 100 185cm
    (Traditional Camber)
    136-100-126 r=21.6m @ 185cm

    “Frontside bird of prey with a strong constitution that begs to be driven hard”….
    “Must. Go. Faster… Must. Press....
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    Analogies: ("This ski is like...") One of...

    Analogies: ("This ski is like...")

    One of those customized, serious-looking 4WD trucks with sticky street wheel/tire setups and anti-roll bars outfitted with a luxury leather interior and really...
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    Review: Parlor Mountain Jay 2016-2017

    Parlor Mountain Jay 185cm
    144-112-138 r=19.8m@185cm

    “Surfy-Smooth Peterbilt Crud Busters With Trench-Digging Option Built-In”

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    Parlor Cardinal 100 (left) and Parlor Mountain Jay...
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    Analogies: ("This ski is like...") A loose,...

    Analogies: ("This ski is like...")

    A loose, fun, nearly goofy big dog with the ability to track like a hound on edge if it finds the scent it wants.

    Vermont Beverage Most Like This Ski:
    ...
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    Review: JSkis "The Metal" 2016-2017

    JSkis The Metal 180cm "GTO" Graphic
    135-106-124 r=17m@180cm

    “Party in the front, Party in the back, Business in the middle.”


    “Mischievous, surfy DNA tempered with some metal”

    196767...
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    Hardpack and Boilerplate: The Masterblaster...

    Hardpack and Boilerplate:

    The Masterblaster can lay down some really nice carves into packed powder surfaces and most hardpack with a quiet, calm authority thanks to the sidecut shaping, camber...
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    JSkis Masterblaster 2016-2017

    JSkis Masterblaster 181cm "The Scavenger" Graphic
    125-96-114 r=17m@181cm

    “Lovechild of an all-mountain carver and park ski, but raised in urban ski terrain."

    “Directional twin with two...
  25. Test Conditions: Eastern corduroy, man-made...

    Test Conditions:

    Eastern corduroy, man-made dry packed powder, Spring-like corn and refrozen man-made hardpack boilerplate in places.

    Hardpack and Boilerplate:

    The WhiteRoom UpSlopes were...
  26. Custom Ski Review: Whiteroom UpSlope 2016

    2016 WhiteRoom UpSlope
    137-105-122 179cm

    “Performance Art”
    “Holy $#!%...these things rip...”

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    Manufacturer Info:
  27. Deal Hunters...PowderNorth Ski Sale until Jan 14....

    Mike Murphy over at PowderNorth Skis just let me know he is clearing his inventory at 40% off until January 14, 2017..We're big fans of the Bullet model he makes as an excellent tree ski when the...
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    Finishing up reviews of the Wren 88 and Wren 98...

    Finishing up reviews of the Wren 88 and Wren 98 here in Vermont (Thanks ON3P!)....stay tuned! Chassis is smoooth as buttah with plenty of pop on demand...long nose rise = great transitions in and...
  29. Comments From Other Testers: Jamie Stewart: ...

    Comments From Other Testers:

    Jamie Stewart:

    "Conditions were early season Vermont man-made. Some serious boilerplate, edgeable consolidated groomer snow, sugar piles, some random cookies...
  30. Hardpack and Boilerplate: Both models have an...

    Hardpack and Boilerplate:

    Both models have an ability to really bite into harder surfaces with authority, with best results coming from focusing on the area just in front of the toepiece and just...
  31. Shaggy's Ahmeek & Brockway Reviews 15-16

    2015-2016 Shaggy's Brockway 174cm
    133-95-118 r=18m @ 174cm

    2015-2016 Shaggy's Ahmeek 180cm
    139-105-124 r=20-22m @ 184cm

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    Shaggy's Camber Pocket
    (Ski pressed flat underfoot)
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    Revision Bodrum Review 15-16 179cm

    2015-2016 Revision Bodrum
    137-107-127 r=21.5@ 179cm

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    Manufacturer Info:


    Revision Skis, Inc.
    8601 W Cross Dr. F5
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    Skied the Liberty Origin 96 for several...

    Skied the Liberty Origin 96 for several laps....yep...the hype is correct...really fun, really effective, ski. Great shaping and balance...not a muscle-head ski, more off-piste bias than frontside...
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    2015-2016 Renoun Endurance 98 (v1) 121-98-115...

    2015-2016 Renoun Endurance 98 (v1)
    121-98-115 r=22 @ 184cm

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    Manufacturer Info:
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    Been testing Variants in various sizes for a...

    Been testing Variants in various sizes for a bunch of seasons now...held up perfectly and never saw any quality issues...liked 'em so much I bought a pair of 113 in 193cm for this year. Pretty...
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    We have a test pair of 184s for review...had the...

    We have a test pair of 184s for review...had the first couple runs on them in packed powder-firm underlayer conditions in Vermont....pretty impressed, but reserving final judgements until we can get...
  37. Review: SandwichTech Skis from New Hampshire

    For those who like to crank turns even when the powder is long-gone and are forced to haunt the frontside runs, A husband-wife team from the icy, windpacked Cannon Mountain of New Hampshire has come...
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    Pics:





    http://www.exoticskis.com/ExoticSkis/Manufacturers/WhiteDot/2015/DirectorsOnSnow.jpg
    Director CarbonLite 151cm and 171cm
  39. Review: 14-15 Whitedot Director Carbonlite 171 and 151cm

    2014-2015 Whitedot Director[/size] 171cm 151cm
    133-107-123 r=20m @ 171cm
    130-104-120 r=14m @ 151cm


    http://www.exoticskis.com/ExoticSkis/Manufacturers/WhiteDot/2015/DSC02663.JPG


    Suggested...
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    Trying to get on a pair for a review and meet the...

    Trying to get on a pair for a review and meet the guys to have them explain their designs...stay tuned!
  41. No Jersey specimens spotted...Test Fest was a...

    No Jersey specimens spotted...Test Fest was a 2-weekday event. If you gotta thing fer Jersey babes at Kmart...ya gotta go on the weekends....kinda like a zoo without cages....You can;t pay me enough...
  42. Killington Test Fest 2014 - Quick Impressions of 8 Skis From Smaller Brands

    https://www.tetongravity.com/images/ci-images/39772/killingtontestfestcover1__forum.jpg


    Killington resort in Vermont held its second Test Fest in December, 2014 and a great crop of small,...
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    IMHO the 95 releases more gradually, behaves more...

    IMHO the 95 releases more gradually, behaves more like a traditional carving ski in that sense. Easier to release than a traditional carver, harder to release than the 99...in between. You have to...
  44. Email address on the contact form says...

    Email address on the contact form says info@wubanger.com....
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    I would mount in-bounds binders....

    I would mount in-bounds binders....
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    I've spent some time on the Cassiar 95...

    I've spent some time on the Cassiar 95 Pure...gonna get more time on a test pair in the next few weeks, skied the 99 Pure and Hybrid as well. To me, the Cassiar 95 has a wider range of terrain...
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    My quickie first impressions of the 105 T2 last...

    My quickie first impressions of the 105 T2 last spring:

    2014-2015 DPS Wailer 105
    (T2 Construction)
    136-105-119 178cm, 185cm
    Pure3 = $1299, T2 = $949 usd
    ...
  48. PowderNorth Pre-Holiday Sale...30-40% Off while they last...

    Mike Murphy at PowderNorth is having a 30%-40% off sale right before the holidays and he has cooked up some new models and sizes. We tested the Bullet 112 and it remains one of our favorite...
  49. Special Edition Amplids announced...nice looking

    Anian Thrainer at Amplid announced a special 10/30 edition of a 191cm, 126mm waisted ski for their 10 year anniversary.
    Only 20 pairs made...so that means no one will probably get one...unless...
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    Review: Leki Tourstick Vario Carbon

    2014-2015
    Leki Tourstick Vario Carbon Poles

    http://www.exoticskis.com/exoticskis/Manufacturers/Leki/DSC02567_500.jpg

    Leki Tourstick Vario Carbon in collapsed mode
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