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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. A Donek Incline is one of the more affordable custom boards ($675usd) that will carve better than most. Ask @scottishsurfer
  9. DMKW is out. Still for sale.
  10. 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.
  11. @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?
  12. 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
  13. Me too. In the interest of transparency and objectivity, would you mind revealing what your arrangement is, if any?
  14. Is waist width, 19.5? or 20? What angles do you use on the edges?
  15. I already have a few Thirsts that overlap the range of the X, but thanks anyway. Looks like Mark might be building a few of these big "stimulus" boards in the near future. I never skied at Okemo when I lived in VT in the early 70's, but I'll never forget visiting a couple, who were friends of friends, and lived in a log cabin atop Okemo and manned the fire tower. Thought it seemed like the coolest gig ever.
  16. Supposedly, it's a copy of my green one, specs here:
  17. I'd say it's worth a try. The high instep might be a problem. I had a tough time squeezing my foot into the .951s because it killed the dorsum of my foot, especially getting in and out. I switched to ZipFit liners and started putting them on first and then slipping into the shell. The new improved liner with MS is reportedly much better.
  18. Which model of Deeluxe or Raichle are you using? There's a big difference in stiffness between models. The softest MS (.951) is still way stiffer than the softer offerings from Raichle and Deeluxe. I had Deeluxe T700s for a season. They were really great boots, except they killed my feet, heel slip & toe crunch. My UPZs (rc10s) were great but the stiffness changed noticeably with the temperature and you had to retrofit with the race cuffs to get the lateral stiffness you get with MS. I believe the newer models have fixed both those issues. MS boots have the same stiffness whether below zero or above freezing. The flex in my .951's feels like it's controlled more by the spring system and less by the flex of the plastic. There are still plenty of racers using UPZs and Deeluxe. Most important is what fits your foot best.
  19. Glad you got to ride it before the season ended and thanks for posting a review. I was talking to Mark around the same time as Keenan over a year ago about getting something similar. I thought 202cm sounded too big, so went with something shorter. After seeing how it turned out and reading Keenan's impressions, as well as having a recent personal revelation that maybe bigger is better, I contacted Mark last week about buying board #2 only to hear it just went out the door to you. No worries though, as I'm now I'm in line for a custom built TS. Maybe he'll also make one for himself while the jig is set up for it. Good review, thanks.
  20. Yeah, Bruce was very kind to try something different, and it turned out to be super fun.
  21. Your plea has been answered. A mystery buyer has stepped up. So take that itchy finger away from the trigger. This board is sold! Heading to NH.
  22. I had an epiphany this season that bigger IS better, and this apparently isn't long enough to compensate for my shortcomings. But seriously, it's a great board, a really fun ride, and it's gonna take 2 boards to replace it. One is the swallowtail PC that I acquired earlier this year and the other is yet to be revealed, but it will be bigger. The more I ride different boards, the more I learn about what qualities I like.
  23. 176 Coiler All Mountain titanal $300 shipped ConUS (willing to ship to Canada if buyer is willing to cover the extra cost) 11 scr, 20 cm waist, 25.2 nose, 24.8 tail, EE 153cm, stance width between center inserts 19.5" (49.5cm) Bought this from Xsculler a few months ago. It was custom built for him at 160-170lbs in late 2018. I'm 185lbs and was considering using it with a plate for rough conditions. I didn't like how it rode with the plate, so I took a few runs without the plate and liked it way better. Smoothed out late day crud and chop very nicely. I would keep it, but I have so many boards and it doesn't fill a gap in my quiver. Anyone who's ridden Bruce's All Mountain boards knows that they are one of the easiest and smoothest riding boards. No surprise, as it's designed to behave well in all conditions. It's also the basis for the Nirvana design. I touched up the edges with a diamond stone. Edge bevels: .5° base / 2° side. Base is very good. Normal minor scuffs/scratches on the topsheet from light use.
  24. 185 Coiler Contra All Terrain $550 shipped CONUS scr 11, 29.5 nose, 23 waist, 28.3 tail, EE 165 Built Jan 2020 for a 170lb rider or a 190lb lazy rider. I am neither, but might resemble the latter. It's essentially an updated monster design with a Contra sidecut/flex and modern powder nose. I asked for a board that would be a good carver AND have float for soft snow/powder and spring slush. As expected, it does all that, but being a metal Coiler, it holds a quiet edge on ice too. I've ridden it about 10-15 times, rarely all day. It's a really fun ride and fairly nimble for its size with an 11 m scr. It is in pristine, lightly used condition. No damage or scratches. Edge bevels are set at .5° base / 2° side. Does not include bindings (or stomp pad).
  25. Well, we got down to 2°F last night and the groom set up hard, typical Minnesota firm with icy spots. Took it easy doing laps on easy runs in the morning, took a couple of breaks to kill time and save the legs for afternoon when temps would get well above freezing. A couple of April fools... Our patience paid off as the snow softened up enough for some nice carving, though there was some rugged, hard frozen slush about 2-3" under the surface. Ended up riding the 166 Contra "ice" most of the day. It's a nice little board and dampens the harshness of riding ice. It was a nice cap to the end of a so-so season. Talk turned to bikes, boats and summer travels, and hopes for a more normal season next year.
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