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philw last won the day on July 6

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    Ski Rossendale
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    software & other stuff
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Kessler 156 SL
    Powder boards as available...
  • Current Boots Used?
    Atomic Backland Carbon
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    F2 Race Ti
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  1. I found the stock standard F2 Race work perfectly and there's zero movement. Here's a video of them in use on some crappy snow at the end of last season. These were stock bindings, stock boots. Eventually I worked out that riding the Dump Truck on reference stance (which is set back) is a bad idea in this type of cruddy snow, so I shifted the bindings forward (so they were centred) and that seemed to stop the juddering you can see here. After this was shot I also started riding the back foot in "walk" mode, as I could not get sufficient lean on it. When I got home I put another 3 degrees of heel lift back there to get around that. The Phantom things should fix that, so I expect I'll revert to a 3-degree heel lift plus 1-degree toe on front. My concern about cold feet is just speculative - I've not tried them in cold temperatures. They are significantly skinnier than trad boots, hence my concern. I'm not sure if alternative liners would help (because they could not be fatter), but time will tell. From what I recall the "titan flex" are identical to the standard race F2s but there's a base plate thing which provides more flex. So the bails are likely identical. The Backlands are stiff, which I really like. I want the springs for the angle adjustment, not the flex, which I may try to defeat if it gets in the way.
  2. Yeah, I noticed they're listing them and got my order in too. I went for stiffer springs than my weight as I don't really want the flex, just the lean. I expect I can tweak that later if it's a problem. I'm hoping they ship when they say they will, or I have two continents and multiple possible places I may need those springs to be sent too. Anywhere but the UK, which is expected to be in serious crisis by then in terms of import/ export. -- I'm slightly concerned that the boots may be cold, and I'd feel a bit daft having to increase the weight with heaters, but time will tell..
  3. Yeah, there's a similarity, but I'd not be asking for my money back on either.
  4. I rode there years ago, was an excellent place. The rock looks really good against the snow. Like anywhere, how good it is will depend on how good the snow is. I don't restrict myself to carving, so for that I'm not sure, but it was a really good place with few tourists from what I recall.
  5. <shrug> To me there seemed to be a shift around the time of the "new race method", in consumer race gear. The PJ had seemed cool, but once things moved to symmetrical, I never felt Burton cared, as above. I'm well aware of the history, but that's still how it felt to me at least.
  6. I'm not sure you mean "tensile". The F2 race bindings take a lot of force without problems if they're set up correctly. You could of course take those forces on the side, but I'm finding it hard to see what the benefit would be, and you have a mechanical disadvantage, not that I think it would be critical. My own angles are 45 parallel. Perhaps you are assuming significantly steeper angles, although I note that mono-skiers also use toe-heel bindings without problem. I take your point about "heritage", but I think the fact that our feet tend to be inserted into everything from windsurfer straps through rear-entry-boots to shoes in a toe/heel manner may have something to do why we tend to build things this way. The only advantage I can see would be reduced boot/binding length, which (a) I don't need; and (b) you could also achieve by putting recessing the binding under the boot or other approaches. -- As a backland person, I'd be more interested in a snowboard-specific binding which maybe made use of the existing structure of the soles of that type of boot. They have some stuff in them for the uphill people, and maybe that'd be fun to make use of. I guess I'm thinking that ideas like the Phantom Link Levers are where I'm expecting hard booters to gain performance in the future.
  7. Yes, but clearly the boot geometry is a major factor. I found that out the hard way when changing boots years ago - some boots are good for me flat (Rachlies from what I remember), but others (Suzukas and Head) need a bit of toe and heel lift. Kind of obvious once you know they have different geometries, but they don't tell you that in the brochures.
  8. Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers<br/> You get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers. Says the bloke with a couple of pairs of PMCs. Well you know.
  9. The lightness is great - saves my shoulders taking a pounding carrying the suckers around the world's airports, plus it seems like less weight stuck on the end of the feet is generally a good idea. I'm slightly worried they may be too cold; I've not tried them in the cold. But I can always get boot heaters (extra weight... ) if that's an issue. What I really like is not using 20 or more year old technology, which just feels like a bad idea to me. I'll get the springs as soon as they're available...
  10. Here you go, Phantom Snowboards are going to produce the springy things: https://www.phantomsnow.com/shop/link-levers-for-atomic-backlands "Provides forward lean adjustment from 6-26 degrees." That'll work.
  11. Interesting. Although I came here because I rode an Atomic snowboard in 1989.
  12. I can google it, but do you guys know if these can be shipped (in the hold) of planes? I was just thinking that the UK price is £1 to $1, so it's much cheaper (especially as I switched to dollars before brexit) for me to buy one in dollars, probably when I'm next in the US.... but that only works if I can carry the thing back with me. And I wasn't thinking of catching a steamer.
  13. Can you clarify - are you saying that as you reach the top speed, the board does something to tell you to back off? That looked pretty brutal.
  14. It doesn't bother my boards in the slightest. My Burton Dump Truck powder board has no issues, as you'd expect with a channel board. My Kessler SL has conventional inserts but doesn't have any visible issues either. I wax both boards with the bindings on, if they happen to be on. As people will be aware, you can see where the inserts are whilst the wax is hot because the conductivity of inserts is different from the rest of the board, but that's about it. I fit my F2 bindings with the same sort of tool I expect to have available in the back country, I don't want a lot of torque on them or they'd be impossible to tweak in the back country should I accidentally put them in the wrong place for the conditions. F2 bindings do have rubber gaskets on the bottom, so the thing which compresses is that, not the board itself. I'm not sure you'd notice dimples in the centre of the base in powder or on the edge.
  15. Hmm. US law is likely different, but... The Montreal Convention means they're liable if they lose or break stuff they accept. Under EU law the same thing's true: they lose or break it, and they're liable (within a maximum which will cover a snowboard easily). Obviously you're not flying here. I think it would be hard to argue that a snowboard is "fragile". Note that their wording is very carefully chosen: they explain that other airlines avoid paying for "fragile" items, but not that other airlines class snowboards as "fragile", which in my experience they do not. I travel a lot and have had a few disagreements with airlines over the law. British Airways actually instructs their "customer service" people to insist that it's possible for a customer to waive basic consumer rights, which is legal nonsense. I just tell them I'll issue proceedings (which is cheap to do here) and they pay up. It's a bad customer experience, having to threaten a supplier with legal sanction, but it works ever time. It may be different there, I've had BA lose snowboards and also damage snowboard bags (not the boards, the bags!), for which they're 100% liable. I'd love them to argue in court that a snowboard bag is somehow more fragile than any other bag
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