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  1. 8 points
    Here's some footage of me on the Exegi DoubleWide 168. Enough I think to get an idea of what's possible on this board. Burton Driver X boots, Drake Podium bindings (no customization on those), 12/27 degree stance. Blue and black terrain, soft bumpy snow and poor visibility storm riding, but these are the days this board was made for... Can your soft boot board do this? It's probably not wide enough. Try an Exegi.
  2. 6 points
    A short video taken by @Odd Job of me at Copper on copperacropolis. t4 coiler nirvana energy, 170 12-14 scr. @Odd Job and @yamifumi think i'd be right at home on a GS board. I dunno, i'm really liking my nirvana now. Enjoy. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NKNLEQxia7XvtD4oRYwA5Ja3ZK0m2hi8
  3. 5 points
    Now is the time to purchase the BTS. With the Deeluxe forward lean selector locked, it prevents the ankle hinge from hinging. So any flex comes from deforming the whole boot. Not a very elegant approach. In walk mode you're relying on the stiffness of the tongue and liner. I would say there is risk of hyper-flexing your ankle, especially if you get into a situation like chatter or oscillation.
  4. 3 points
    To the best of my knowledge, Exegi and Donek are the only two snowboard manufacturers who can make a board with a 30cm plus waist. So, of course, I got one of each... I pretty much asked Sean and Carl for the same thing, but the boards they delivered are really quite different. I wanted something fun to ride on those in between days: too much fresh snow for an alpine board but not enough for a real powder board. We get a lot of those in Revelstoke. I told them both I wouldn't be riding ice or off piste, but I would be carving steep, challenging terrain on soft days with increasing chop, and that I wanted a fast board that I really had to push hard into to keep it turning tight. Exegi Double-Wide: 168cm long, 30cm waist, 14m scr, carbon/S-glass hybrid construction Donek Sabre SRT: 164cm long, 31cm waist, 12m scr, secret construction, p-tex topsheet The Donek came in way too soft. The thing is kind of like a noodle with very little torsional stiffness. When I read that the Sabre SRT was the winningest BX board in North America, I assumed that was the one for me, only wider. What Sean made me is more like an overpriced Knapton Twin: floppy, good for buttering and tail spins, fun on green runs but limited in its capacity to hold high speed turns on steeps. I figure that when you add width to a board you increase the leverage with which the rider applies force so it needs to be tortionally stiffer to compensate. Maybe Sean disagrees, maybe his primary wide board developer (Ryan Knapton) likes them soft, I don't know. I've had this board two seasons now, it's been fun and I've had some great runs on the Sabre SRT. I kind of figured that this was the limit for soft boot carving. The Exegi changed my perspective on that. It's been a very snowy month and I've ridden the Double-Wide more than any other board this season. About five days I brought them both up the gondi for some back-to-back testing. The results are clear; I'm now accepting offers on the Donek. I have to admit, the Double-Wide was somewhat intimidating at first. It's a lot of board and very stiff. It doesn't want to turn at slow speeds and you have to fully commit to finish a turn on steeps. It's not a board that you can just tip over and see what it does (what it does is accelerate!). My first few days riding it were last spring when only the upper mountain was open (challenging black diamond groomers in Revelstoke) and the fresh snow was never enough to bury all the death cookies. It was intense; I loved the experience but I wasn't sure I liked the board. Only in the past few weeks have the more mellow mid mountain blues been in condition and I've finally had a chance to properly feel out the Exegi, get comfortable and find its limits without risking my safety. Now it's my go-to board for soft carving days and I'm finally inspired to get out of bed early when there's 5-10cm fresh! It's a mitten killer. It's stable and fast, holds every turn. Very forgiving too, by which I mean that you don't need perfect form to keep it turning. I'm stretching out my toesides now like a surfer; I can feel the extension from the toes of my back foot right through my neck. On heelside my butt is dragging and I'm getting both hands down on the steeps. Very satisfying turns. In terms of direct comparison, the Exegi is the faster board and the better carver for sure. It's also somehow less fatiguing and it doesn't require me to over tighten my bindings or max out the forward lean. The Exegi is better in soft chop and funner off piste too with much better capabilities in trees and moguls, though neither board is really recommended for this purpose. The Donek is better for buttering tricks and carving 360s. I can come in slower and finish with a tail spin Dredman style on the Donek; the Exegi needs more speed and more space, and the tail isn't soft enough to get up on on so it's more of a flat spin exit or a straight ride out. (I'm working on a kind of spiral finish where I can dig in the tail on the toeside edge only and whip the nose around.) I don't do any other tricks or switch riding. Bottom line? The Exegi is recommended over the Donek for pure hard charging directional carving. It's better, cheaper, and probably more durable too. Presumably, Carl can make you a softer one with a more civilized radius. If you aim to ride like Ryan Knapton, switching, tricking and spinning all over the green runs, then Donek has your ride but probably buy the Knapton Twin because it's a lot cheaper than the Sabre SRT. If you're not carving hard enough to really need a super wide board, then you have many options from many manufacturers.
  5. 3 points
    We had this conversation years ago on the old Bomber site, and more specifically whether or not it was safer to ride either way. It pretty much came out a draw. Personally speaking I'm sure that there were times when I would have been subject to a Tib Fib fracture if I had been riding in the ride mode. I've been riding in the walk mode for 23 years in Raichle 122s and 123s and never a problem. I'm a light weight, and at 150 lbs at the time I managed to break a board just forward of the front foot coming off a headwall into a trough, so I'm sold on the Walk Mode, and I'm in rough and bumpy territory 90% of the time. Obviously people have different opinions, but I'd rather be loose and adaptive than stiff and inflexible. Your riding will be yours, so it's what you feel comfortable with.
  6. 2 points
    We had an awesome week. Snow was perfect. Had fun making some turns with John and Erik(glad you could make it up Erik) Nice to meet you Jack. I was really happy to be able to ride all week with out too much pain from my recent injury’s. John- next year i hope to get back to some steeper terrain!
  7. 2 points
    Buggs.. you GOTTA get out here. Everyone's been asking for ya!
  8. 2 points
    World cup 951 in action. Yello springs cranked down Oxess rs164 with allflex
  9. 2 points
    We are slow and low see you @moonandcarve 15. + 16.02.2020 @elsigen-metsch - frutigen More Infos: http://www.moon-and-carve.com
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    I generally revel in the fact that I am carving the sweetest turns on the mountain (unless I run into someone else on a carving set up).
  12. 2 points
    Those words don't match that picture. This is the attitude I don't understand. "Well, when I was paying attention this board was great! I haven't paid attention for a while but I still think this board is great!" Wtf!?
  13. 2 points
    Ok i AM just going to copy and paste the notes from the facebook page: Right, I had a chance to test out the S5 hardboot. I am pleasantly surprised how they ride. In comparison to 951, the main differences are : - heel sits much lower due to different heel placement (more deeluxe like) - heel above causes increased sole length Vs same size upz or 951. For 951 and upz I used M size F2s, for S5 I would have to use L size. For me a major drawback. This is true for shell C in 951 and 302 shell in S5. Liner 285 mp - spring system Vs 951 is little less user friendly. Requires a bit of creativity to get it adjusted. Takes more time to adjust on slope. Probably impossible without taking the boot off. - I found the standard spring too short and had to exchange to something different. They are super reactive and comfortable. If 951 shell is too narrow for you S5 might be your choice. As a standard they come with 3 tongues and 5 different springs. I am selling these only due to the fact that I would have to increase binding size and change angles. I was really pleasntly surprised about how they ride. I like the flatter feeling due to lower heel pocket placement. What I am looking for. I keep asking myself. Not sure. Just see how it performs and if it better fits my style or not. When the carbon boot will come out I will test it too. For sure. Overall I much prefer the 950/951/S5 shell shape and they way it works over UPZ or deeluxe. Especially the tongue design (cables over tongue Vs assym placement of tongue fixation point) Mind you this doesn't mean that upz or deeluxe is a bad boot, cause it's not. Everybody is a little bit different and look for different things on the boot.
  14. 1 point
    I could fill this page with superlatives to describe todays festivities, but alas, I still wouldn't be able to capture the magic and majesty of what transpired today. Instead, I will keep it simple, succinct, and monosyllabic: Wow. Fantastic crew out today, In alphabetical order, we where Carvin' Marvin, D.T., Ice, Inky, Lonbordin, (riding 2 miles above his regular elevation at Paoli, well done sir!) Ms. Shelli, Yamafumi, and myself. It is so cool when a crew comes together, syncs up, creates an energy all of it's own, and begins feeding on that energy. I have been lucky to have experienced this a few times in my lifetime, today being one of those. I am looking forward to experiencing this again, again, and again. Stoke was off of the charts. After jacking myself up pretty good 5 weeks ago, I approached today with no small amount of trepidation, wondering If I would be able to ride at the same level and aggression as prior. A few turns in, I realized that any worry was unfounded, I knew I was going to have an outstanding day. Cannot wait to do it again. Thanks to all of you riding with me today, It was a much needed and overdue catharsis. I feel goooood... mario
  15. 1 point
    Amen. I think I could've dragged a boat anchor at Beaver Creek today and compensated. Those East Coast resorts I was recently at... No Freakin' way. Yes I have tipped my board but I typically use an angle guide... I try to stay under 80-85 degrees.
  16. 1 point
    Thanks Boys! Yes of course I discussed stiffness with Sean. In Aspen and then again a week later on the phone. I told him 185lb aggressive rider, I'm only 155lbs. I rode with both Sean and Carl just prior to ordering the boards. I'm working on a better edit. That one was done entirely by the videographer at his discretion. When I see a carving video with a bunch of toesides cut together I always assume that the rider can't do a decent heelside or link deep carved turns. I want to rework it soon with longer cuts and better music in an effort to capture the flow. Stay tuned.
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    Another dare devil on the Gray.. Montucky boys gave it a whirl!!! For sale... Perhaps.. Make offer..
  20. 1 point
    My wife had a Calcaneus fracture once: washed out on toeside turn, and the terrain/surface was so that the toeside edge would catch - release - catch - release etc. without her able to stop. Each repetition gave her a whack from the board to the soles of her feet. She rode unlocked then. Personally, I don't take the risk that I believe riding unlocked poses. Since I find the UPZ stock FLA too stiff, I ride with DGSS. For me, it delivers.
  21. 1 point
    @Kijima that bookmatched woodie is beautiful!
  22. 1 point
    I helped out at Prior when his shop was in North Van. That looks like a few days work ahead of you. Any pics of finished product???
  23. 1 point
    Seemed fine to me. Granted it was a powder day.
  24. 1 point
    Board in good shape with minor scrapes . 26 nose, 21 waist , 25 tail ( approximately ) goofy asym core scr as i remember is 14/16 built for 170 lb. rider $ 275 shipped in the conus bindings not included
  25. 1 point
    Slapo is the resident Alpine Snowboard boots aficionado. Look forward to your write up/review. Nice riding! Thank you for sharing!
  26. 1 point
    Hi @Randy Kight Have a look here: I will do a proper write up and review at some point.
  27. 1 point
    Err, that is only a small part of what I read ^ - may be worth a re-read @1xsculler
  28. 1 point
    I haven't taken it out in a deep powder, but I have taken them out in 5 or 6 in and they've been fine there. I struggle most in them in really chopped up conditions like moguls. That is definitely more of a technique than equipment issue in my case. It only takes a minute or two to swap each spring, so if you're traveling with one pair of boots you could always throw a couple of those in your bag. if I know I'm going to hit variable conditions on freeride or pow gear I'll probably end up using a softer boot there, but that wasn't my main driver for the purchase.
  29. 1 point
    Dr. Desai in Beaverton. I had compressed and deteriorating discs in my lower back with lots of tingling sensations (sciatica). He cured me. https://restorepdx.com/
  30. 1 point
    Yup, ABS. Rich is a great dude over there and will help you out (in person or on the phone).
  31. 1 point
    I'm 10lbs heavier than you and bought the WC after spending a full afternoon trying on Deeluxe, RC12's, .951 and WC and flexing them on a board in the shop. I went in expecting them to be overhyped and over priced and that I'd walk out with UPZ's and a boat load of cash in my pocket, but the flex and fit worked for me. After years of foot pain in hardboots, I decided to double down (literally) and get the best boot for my foot.
  32. 1 point
    @Corey I'll check that video out. I didn't think I was "catastrophizing" given that I've already been under the knife once for my back (in my mid-30s) and have to acknowledge I can't move like I used to be able to (unfortunately). If there are additional things I can do, then I'll do my best to do those. @Dan To answer your question: If your pain doesn't seem to be subsiding or its affecting your daily life, it seems reasonable to me to have some diagnostics done (x-ray, possibly MRI). In my experience, a GP just doesn't have the tools or knowledge to provide real answers here (and that's not a knock on them). I would do some research and consider seeing a back surgeon (preferably specializing in lumbar) or perhaps a neurologist. The goal here is to find someone who will listen to you an act accordingly. Perhaps PT (by someone uniquely qualified, preferably not your standard "shake and bake" model, as I think they call it) and/or a small anti-inflammatory regimen will really help. Obviously, you want to find someone who starts conservative. In my case, I went back to the lumbar spine specialist who fixed me in '13. Aside from logistical challenges seeing him (distance, availability), I wasn't happy with how he was treating it. Just thought I needed to get a fresh perspective....and I'm glad I did. I found a great dr (he's a surgeon) who was part of a larger and well-known spine specialty group. He listened to me / my concerns and started out with an X-ray, then prescribed an MRI, which confirmed the re-herniation. I then started PT with a practice that it was in the same building and also focused on spine. They were definitely more expensive than your standard PT (and required out of pocket) , but they gave me a lot of good exercises and had a lot of different options for modalities - and their overall knowledge and experience was on the higher end. I took anti-inflammatories for a month or so (not real fun, had to change once b/c they were killing my stomach). Pain subsided and I've been pretty good since. In a real coincidence, my PT actually was familiar with carving. I'd also recommend approaching chiropractors w/ caution. I made that mistake the first time around. bottom line: spend the time researching the best doctors and /or therapists around you. And consider you may have to ease up a bit (or completely) - at least for a little while - on some exercises. Also, I'm not a medical professional. Do not self diagnose according to the internet. Everyone thinks they're a f'n dr. I think you owe it to yourself to at least schedule an initial eval with a qualified specialist.
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    Damm, Im gone to Naples for the next 2 weekends. Im really gonna try to go when I get back.
  35. 1 point
    A contributor to your problem @Dan may be the posture carvers get into to clip into their bail bindings. https://imgur.com/bV6SJMV Above is a screen capture from First Tracks at SES 2013 but it's typical. Apologies to whoever's backside I'm highlighting. Our boots don't allow easy ankle flexion or knee bend when we bend forward to engage the bail on the rear binding as we get ready to ride. Almost all the forward bend therefore is made at the hips and bending the lower back. If your hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh are tight then little pelvic tilt can occur to allow movement at the hip, so now the bulk of the movement comes from compression of the discs adjacent to the 5 lumbar vertebrae (spine bones). This also puts enormous tension on the low back muscles on either side of the spine and your core generally. How to tell if your hamstrings are tight? And how to safely stretch them if they are? https://imgur.com/laSeCob Above is me stretching my left hamstring. How close you can get your butt to the doorway and keep your knee straight tells you how tight, or not, your hamstrings are. When I first started doing these my leg would be at 45 degrees to the door frame and my knee would start to bend. Lying in this position with your butt slightly closer to the door than you can keep your knee straight isolates the stretch to just that hamstring. The weight of your leg keeps your back firmly on the floor. The other leg on the floor minimises any tilt of the pelvis. And with regular stretches you will get your butt closer to the door. Use the other side of the doorway to stretch the other leg. I moved to Intec heels long ago because of my tight hamstrings and the back pain issues they cause getting into my bail bindings. The stretches help me with lower back pain/muscle spasm issues I have had in day to day life as well. You don't have to abandon your bail bindings entirely. Just buy a set of Intec bindings, stick the bails on the front and the Intecs on the rear. Your back will love you for it!
  36. 1 point
    If you are riding choppy conditions and feeling the rough a plate helps smooth thing out but if you are injured you need to identify the injury and deal with it. If it is muscle strengthen it, if it's injured get medical advice. My internet doctor treats my issues with muscle relaxant long hot soaks in the tub and cleaning out horse stalls till the pain comes back and repeat.
  37. 1 point
    Great snow on MLK Day! Fast, Firm - not hard, excellent grip, no ice, side to side on Comp and Exhibition. Every day should be this good.
  38. 1 point
    Hey @ktv, just wanted to say thanks. That Apekx Bluetooth player is exactly what I wanted! Small, good battery life, functional with mitts on (barely...), etc. It has replaced an old iPod Shuffle as well as eliminating a cable between my jacket and helmet.
  39. 1 point
    on a side note; I achieve bias by shifting the toe /heel blocks rather than off centering the binder to board, thus keeping all stance width and set back adjustability in play
  40. 1 point
    Guy, I cant guy. Guy I’ve taken a full time position as a professional U12 assistant. I handle all phases of logistics and lodging, meal prep and replenishment, ski tech, yoga instructor, therapist, in transit homework monitor , human ATM machine, laundry service, French braid stylist and on and on, guy.............
  41. 1 point
    Overhang isn't a preference... It's a constant. If one can get away with a lot of overhang then one isn't angulating their board a lot. I don't believe the LCI would give up on a fellow hardbooter unless that person won't listen... You can't help someone who won't help themselves... I look forward to meeting all the board members that I'm lucky enough to! I don't expect everyone to enjoy my company nor would I choose to spend my time with all that I've met. I will bring my binding adjustment tools!
  42. 1 point
    Some tracks today overdriven by two ski racers
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    Excellent Groom today...Tracks no Lie...
  45. 1 point
    I spoke some time ago with Andrej when I saw the boots. If memory servers me right He said that one boot will weight approx 1.5 kgs without liner, which was half of what my upz weighted at the time. The boots have been tested in Europe and Asia by both carvers and racers. All reviews are super positive. Slovenian snowboard team has tested them, advised minimal changes and I would not be surprised to see these in world cup next season. As soon as I lay may hands on them I will post more pix. There is a few options to test these in EU at one of the carving sessions. Peace
  46. 1 point
    Glad to see more choices but I’m not sure what problem they are solving with CF. Grilamid .951s are already lightweight and stiff enough.
  47. 1 point
    I’m also in the SoCal area. I too can offer up some boards and bindings, but no boots. Here’s just an idea, if you have stiff soft boots and are hesitant to purchase hardboots at this time we could always put a softboot set up on an alpine board. However this is not optimum but it would give you a sense of just how Alpine boards ride and most likely “set the hook”!! There are also lots of boots that come up for sale here! It’s a great place to go shopping!
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    I prefer not to listen to anything when riding. I enjoy the quiet, the sounds of the forest, the sound of my edges on the snow. In my car I often listen to the radio or audiobooks. However, on the road, everyone is supposed to be following the same laws and moving in a predictable manner. Also, I have a rearview mirror so I am aware of others overtaking me. None of that is true on the slopes. It can be a very chaotic situation on the slopes and the risks of collision are pretty high. To reduce the chance I try to be very aware of the movement of people near me and have taken to riding only on weekdays. Just my preferences.
  50. 1 point
    173 Pure Carve update from the Milkman...

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