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Siglufjörður Iceland Heli May 2019

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Playing with my old Dump Truck and new Atomic Backland Carbon boots in Iceland last week.

Thoughts:

You can see in some of this that I was having trouble "disciplining" the front of the board - it was chattering at high loads. 

  • I eventually worked out that was probably because the stance on the dump truck is set-back for powder, and this wasn't powder.
    I could have ridden it on my SL board.
  • I shifted the stance forward about a cm and had no more hassle with that - but I was done
    with video by that time, and the snow conditions were somewhat different (wetter), so I'm not really sure I have that nailed.

I could not previously get enough forward lean out of my back boot.

  • I tried a "shim", following very useful "try a piece of old pizza" advice from here. That didn't work as it moved around... it would
    need fastening to the boot at least. It felt a lot like a shim, too, I wasn't hugely keen on it.
  • I tried "walk mode" on the back foot, and that worked fine - it turns out that I don't rely on the back of the back boot for support (I'm pretty
    sure I do rely on the front one, although maybe I'm just beautifully balanced...).

Future plans:

  • See if I can cobble more forward lean from the boot, by changing the anchor point for the walk lever, or replacing it.
  • Think about switching from 3-degrees of heel lift on back to 6.
  • Forget about it and ride with the back foot in walk mode.

Stiffness-wise I've no issues with these, they're nice and stiff, the way I like it. They're small, and I may get cold feet in winter, we shall see...

 

 

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Spectacular location Phil. Keep the info on the Backland coming.

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I loved Siglu. Super cute little village. That whole area was one of my fave parts of Iceland, and the tunnel to get there's fun too!

 

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