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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlecross View Post
    I came up racing and coaching in the era of Derbyflex PLUS risers PLUS boot shims for GS and speed skis before FIS regulated height off the ski. We were WAY up there, so the height of a frame Fritschi has never bothered me.

    Thanks all for the continued feedback... good points to consider. Whatever I mount, it will be with inserts and epoxy to help secure the mount and aid retention.
    I get it. But stack height only helps edge angle on hard pack.

    On a soft snow ski, flat is where it’s at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoEddy View Post
    I'm fortunate to have the metal Katana and an M102 in addition to the VWerks versions of both. Obviously the VWerks were meant to be strictly touring rigs, but I like the idea of making them more versatile (DIN toes) so I can be covered for all scenarios when traveling.

    That said, neither of the VWerks skis to 100% of their metal relatives so I won't be getting rid of those any time soon anyway. Too many skis, not enough time.
    Yep, My M102 is a great resort and travel ski with an alpine binding, a keeper for sure. It's performance prompted me to buy the VWerks Katana as a sidecountry, powder, occasional touring ski ($525 shipped to my door end-of-days sale was what really sealed it) I'm thinking these two should compliment each other well and be a great two-ski travel quiver.

    I also just read all 17 pages of the "Swiss Cheese Experiment mounting thread". Danger.

    Whats worse... 17 inserts per ski, or a Fritschi frame binding?
    Last edited by singlecross; 03-20-2020 at 12:42 PM.

  3. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by turnfarmer View Post
    Do you use a shorter pair with the Atk's? Curious as to why or why not.
    No I have both in a 184, but I hesitated to take 177 for the pair with the ATK. However that new pair of Katanas / R12 replaced a pair of BMT 109 176 which were a bit short. So I took 184. Actually I donít size down for my touring skis, I just take the size Iím confortable with for the down, since Iím light I donít need the big lengths.
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  4. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by smooth operator View Post
    Intuitively i would say:
    Metal Katana: Cast and an alpine boot
    VW Katana: shift and whatever boot you like.
    VW Mantra: pins
    Why not pins on the vw katanas?

    I have the mtn and it works great

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  5. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuntmanbo View Post
    No I have both in a 184, but I hesitated to take 177 for the pair with the ATK. However that new pair of Katanas / R12 replaced a pair of BMT 109 176 which were a bit short. So I took 184. Actually I donít size down for my touring sticks, I just take the size Iím confortable with for the down, since Iím light I donít need the big lengths.
    Same here 184 resort and bc.
    A little though for kick turns, but the down is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    Same here 184 resort and bc.
    A little though for kick turns, but the down is good.

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    A little tough

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    184 w/G3 Ions as my primary touring rig.....I like it.
    Old's Cool.

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