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About gawdzira

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    Carver Extraordinaire


  • Location
    Central California
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
  • Occupation?
    Design build achitecture
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Nidecker tornado sl 161, burton alps 169, k2 ginsu 163, k2 eldorado 163
  • Current Boots Used?
    raichle 423
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    catek olympic step in

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  1. Teenage girl in front of me in line with her parents was staring back at my board. My wife points it out and the girl asks, "What angles are you riding?". I was a bit taken back because I did not not know off hand. I was glad she was not the bridge keeper from Life of Brian.
  2. Thanks. That is exactly the experience for both boards. Just don't tell my daughter that the green one is the all mountain board or I will have to follow her down the bump runs.
  3. I picked up 2 used boards last year (thank you again to 1xsculler) and it has taken until now to ride the second one. I am not sure what happened after last January but all I know is that I am 10 lbs heavier and there are teenagers living at my house. Help me understand what I bought please. Board 1, The Firefly T 164 LVD 020 RH 6.3+9 This one was my favorite board ever until I rode Board 2, The Snake in my Boot T 172 AMTC 020 RH 6.4+4 What in the flip do these hieroglyphics mean? I was a little nervous getting the 172 since my previous board for almost 20 ye
  4. We snuck up to Tahoe this week for Wed-Fri. Pretty nice although Wed. at Heavenly was pretty cold and some wind closures for the top. Kirkwood on Friday ripped. My legs are cooked.
  5. I am in Central California and looking at getting my family to the snow in mid February for our school break. We are willing to drive a day or so to get somewhere. From a quick viewing last night on some various snow reports it seems like Bachelor in Oregon currently has the biggest base. Mammoth looks rocky, Tahoe is slush. Even Park City is showing a really small base. Where is the best spot to go on the west/west side of the Rockies right now?
  6. I have the XC12. I am really happy with the fit. After a full day of riding my feet felt like I had been in soft boots. The adaptive spring is great and I did not miss my old "riding in walk mode" from my ancient Raichles.
  7. If these boots had a soundtrack then it would be by WHAM. $75 plus shipping. Count on about $25 for shipping in the U.S. of A..
  8. 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).
  9. Got it. I did not realize the Fintec heel was required. Ordered. Thanks, Alan
  10. I have only taken 2 lessons on hard boots. One was from Martin Drayton in Park City Utah. Go there. He is a former racer.
  11. If I push the boot forward and back in the long directions of the boot I am tight. By indexing pins do you mean the plastic wing elements on the side of the heels towards the front?
  12. I am setting up my new(ish) gear. I got these TD3's slightly used but in very good shape. The boots are new but the Intec heels are old (2003 +/-). Is too much wiggling? Time for new heels? I compared it to my old Cateks and there is also wiggling but slightly less. I could mount up the other bindings I just bought which are F2 and check but I suspect it will be similar. Why did I just buy two new pairs of bindings you might ask? Never mind, you know why. Link to movie: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1s7l8wv1ri40l9k/intec%20movie.mp4?dl=0
  13. I am interested in the Coiler. I currently ride (and this has been my only board I have ridden with plates and hard boots since starting in about 2002) a 161 Nidecker SL board. I am slightly nervous about adding 11 cm of board length but I could probably subtract about 2cm from that since the tail has less effective edge than my SL board. Is that much more board more difficult to ride or just a mental hurdle? P.S. I used to live just south of you in Seattle. I started snowboarding after designing and building the trade show booth for K2 snowboards in 91. I still have a small quiver
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