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philw last won the day on July 6

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    Ski Rossendale
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    Kessler 156 SL
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    Atomic Backland Carbon
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    F2 Race Ti
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  1. I thought about it, but from memory there's a limitation on the maximum angle. I like around 45 degrees and I seem to recall somewhere that there's a limit of 30 degrees on these. That said, I think they could easily machine a "non split" centre disk for those bindings which would weigh less and be simpler/ cheaper than the split kit. It may be worth emailing them as although I could not get a response to them from here in Europe, they do respond to US email and maybe they may consider this a market worth tapping.
  2. Mine's baggy, your mileage may vary of course. As per the screen grab, my Arc jacket has a beer gut pouch on the front, a free feature they didn't list in the specifications of what is the smallest adult "trim" fit jacket they sell. I can't sensibly drink even more beer, and it probably wouldn't help. I could start carrying a small furry animal in that space I suppose. It's hardly a huge problem, and next season's stuff may well be different, but someone was asking and there it is. (I can't remember who TNF is owned by these days, but the "brand" has had an inconsistent history. Burton AK sizing has been pretty much random. With both of those if you're not buying the smallest/ largest, you need to try them on, and probably more than one.)
  3. Arc has two different fits, although they're both baggy if you're actually in shape. I have the slim fit one and it's baggy but not monstrously huge. I have to go for the smallest size these days, which was "Medium" before the world was invaded by fast food.
  4. I've used most decent in-ear brands including Etymotic to play FLAC from my phone. These days I use Bluetooth/aptX things from NuForce - BE6i. They last all day for my usage and are easy to turn off for the uplift sections, which is what I generally do. Sound quality is always likely to be better at the price if you opt for wired, of course. The convenience of wireless (albeit on a wire around my neck) is important to me for the gym or slope. I also used to break the wired ones fairly frequently, even the hyper-expensive ones. They're not intended to be "noise isolating" and aren't. Even so, I'm a cyclist, so it's an instinct for me to always know what's behind me and not to rely on my hearing: bikes and snowboarders are mostly silent. I even look over my shoulder in the back country when intellectually I know there is no one behind me for hundreds of miles. Or maybe I'm just checking for armoured bears.
  5. Atomic ship footbeds with their boots so you can reduce the volume. They're nothing fancy, just bits of flat material which raise the floor of the boot a bit. I'm sure you could make some easily enough.
  6. 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.
  7. 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..
  8. Yeah, there's a similarity, but I'd not be asking for my money back on either.
  9. 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.
  10. <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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
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