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  • Location
    Duluth
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Spirit Mt, MN/Indianhead,U.P. Mich
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Thirsts: 8rw 185; Superconductor 175; XC171; SF162; PC swallowtails 181 & 169 (22.5W)
    Coiler Revelation 179 20.5W, 13-14scr
    Donek REV 175 20.5W, 11-12scr
    Coiler Contra AT's 185 & 165, 23cm waist; 166 Contra "ice"
    Burton Fish 160 (woody)

  • Current Boots Used?
    Mountain Slope .951 for carving
    Atomic Backlands for powder
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD3 sidewinders and F2 race Titaniums
    on carving boards:
    ~62° front, 6° toe lift
    ~57° rear, 6° heel lift
    20" stance width
    on powder boards:
    ~53° F & ~47° R
    20.5" stance
  • Snowboarding since
    1993
  • Hardbooting since
    1993

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  1. I asked Mark what boards he might have available (I was asking for a friend). He sent me a couple of pics of that new X, so I thought I'd share them here. It's 177 with a 22cm waist. Calls it the Every Mountain (EM). Man, it looks really nice with those red sidewalls. And I love that nose shape. Looks similar to the nose on the PC swallowtail carvers he made for me. No nose flip-flopping around while carving, yet still lifts over the soft stuff the way you want. He also has the original "X" with a 21cm waist up for sale at a ridiculously low price.
  2. One of the most helpful tips I received was to focus 2-3 gates ahead, not at the next gate. That really helped me find a good carved line. That said, racers often use some sliding/drifting technic to adjust their track more directly through the course. For them, it's not all about carving, but finding the fastest way to the finish. The main benefit of plates (assuming by "risers", you mean plates (it gets confusing because hardboot bindings used to be referred to as plate bindings)) is that they smooth out your ride through a rutted up race course. The best way to start would be with something like these Carve Geckos. They smooth things out a bit with less loss of board feel. You hardly know they're under your feet except that you don't feel the ruts as much. ...or talk to Sean at Donek about his F-plate. That would be a step up from the Geckos in muting out the ruts. It should work nice on your 163fc. My understanding is that they are not as stiff as the similar Vist plate. Consider entering some upper midwest USASA races where you'll be surrounded by lots of alpine riders and equipment. And you might pick up some good tips and advise. If you're really serious about upping your game, see if the G-Team has any opportunity to sit in on some on-the-hill training sessions. Even though they're geared toward youngsters, the G-Team alpine program is one of the best in the country. I have a couple of boards set up with plates, Geckos on one and a Bomber Boilerplate on another. You're welcome to give them a test ride this winter if you like.
  3. Norway looks awesome! Maybe not what the OP was looking for...no groomer carving in this video, but if you put your $$$ into the schooner you can go wherever you want. https://www.furbergsnowboards.com/news/split-sail-norther-norway
  4. Maine coast Wolf? Among many projects, I've been catching up on some long neglected varnish work on my 32' double-ended cutter. Last spring I tackled a daunting project (for me) and replaced the 45 yr old diesel myself. The list of projects on a cruising sailboat are neverending, but I'm catching up with them in my retirement. It's amazing how much gets done when you don't have a job to get in the way The north shore of Lake Superior reminds me of the coast of Maine, but it's off limits til the border opens up, so I"ll just keep ticking projects off the list til I can't stand the heat anymore. I built a tiny house to live in after retiring a couple of years ago. Moved it into the marina, which just happens to be a stone's throw from the base of Spirit Mt. I put a steel roof on it and don't expect I'll have to do another roof, ever.
  5. Man, I pretty much stopped riding on roads with traffic years ago. Too many close calls with distracted or just plain rude drivers took all the pleasure out of it for me. For awhile I just rode early mornings on back roads and now I mostly ride trails. I did some long distance treks with camping gear back in the '70's, and looking at your location @barryj , it reminded me of a very memorable ride I had in your neighborhood flying down the Kancamagus highway with fully loaded panniers and passing cars on the switchbacks. (trying not to overheat my rims and have a blowout) The flashing light on that camera looks like a good idea. The camera seems of limited value.
  6. Duluth mayor has proposed 24 million investment in Spirit Mt including a new lift and chalet renovation and to then lease hill operations out. We'll see if this goes anywhere.
  7. If you're a hardbooter, you should really look at a Thirst PC (powdercarver). A no compromise, true swallowtail powderboard designed to be ridden with hardboots and custom made to your specs.
  8. I would like to make a reservation for Mr Miller to demo that 202 so he's inspired when he builds mine this summer Rumour has it that summer builds will be discounted and that prices may go up next winter (read it on the Thirst Facebook page. Get'em while it's hot)
  9. I had both the Reactor and Furnace, essentially the same boot. They were a great fit for me right off the shelf. Super comfy and no heel lift. They felt taller than UPZ's or Deeluxe. I rode them in walk mode most of the time, except for racing or carving aggressive steeps. They only had a short forward flex spring and none for heelside. I think if you found a new unused pair, they would be great if you could retrofit them with a better spring setup.
  10. A Donek Incline is one of the more affordable custom boards ($675usd) that will carve better than most. Ask @scottishsurfer
  11. DMKW is out. Still for sale.
  12. Thanks for the link. This looks pretty good. Last year I used kineseo tape in addition to my metal hinged brace in order to get pain free knee support after a PCL/meniscus injury. I didn't need the tape this year, but still needed the brace to protect it. It's still unstable, but improving. The cables in this product look to act similarly to Kinesio tape in that they reinforce the knee by aligning with muscle and ligament support. The polyester cables should provide more support than elastic tape. The website says that the support of their cable tights "rivals" that of hinged braces. The ability to adjust the amount of support while wearing them is appealing. Kind of pricey, but would be worth it if they do what they claim. And way cheaper than knee surgery.
  13. @philw Are you using a shorter pole than you did with a gopro? I love the edit in the middle where you rotate the view. I think you said before that it was more difficult to edit, or that it required more computer power to edit the 360 view. Is that still the case?
  14. I've used neoprene braces with hinged metal stays and velcro straps, similar to the one in the link below. Provides moderate protection and stability without interfering with the movement needed to ride. I've used them to keep riding with damaged menisci and a PCL sprain. This one has your name on it... https://www.braceplanet.com/products/mcdavid-knee-brace-w-dual-disk-hinges-md422?variant=32940883116122&currency=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&gclid=CjwKCAjwjuqDBhAGEiwAdX2cj7UbhbgHvgi3ZauOnw2l6HCRGgQD17fjzGDU040d32ZfOoTYfc9x1RoCdfMQAvD_BwE
  15. Me too. In the interest of transparency and objectivity, would you mind revealing what your arrangement is, if any?
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