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Deuxdiesel

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  1. Does anybody remember the ski/snowboard competition back in the 90's called "trench wars" or something like that? It was run on a waterski style course with buoys (half balls) placed at different widths and you got more points for rounding the outer buoy than the inner ones. Racers could go on both snowboards and skis for the "skimeister" award. I remember watching Mark Fawcett race in Vermont and always thought that would be the future of alpine racing, but obviously it did not take off.
  2. Awesome job! Congrats and much respect for representing us older coots. Is it just the video or was the course really slow?
  3. Drifting may not be skidding, but it is not carving either. Remove the gates from that image and it would look pretty rough compared to the graceful arcs you see at an expression session. Not that Karl isn't killing it time-wise, and is obviously exceptionally skilled, but the goal is to get there first, not prettiest. In the mid weighting 3 video, the radius of the two turns is different as is the amount of the center of mass the rider puts inside the turn. Both show great skill and similar technique, but not apples to apples.
  4. I don't know about the future of "alpine", but the future of carving for me was just revealed after my first day on my new Coiler BX hammerhead 160x27. With Flow bindings and some stiffer boots, I was able to lay out turns as quick and precise as any I have ever done on race boards and hard boots, plus it was much easier to just cruise and skid around on when riding with slower riders. I spent years teaching people to carve with hard boots and race boards, plus more than a decade evaluating instructors (who used hard boots and race boards) mainly because free ride/freestyle boards from the l
  5. Even at 1,000 EU that's still 1,100 USD. 1,500 EU would be over 1,600 USD. Ouch.
  6. An "engineered ski area" is my favorite term for these built-up hills. There used to be an actual landfill hill in SE MI called Riverview Highlands, and they struggled to keep snow on the hill even in good snow years because of the rising heat from the decomposition process.
  7. Any idea what the waist width is?
  8. Is there a published (by F2) upper weight limit on these bindings?
  9. I have one of these with Bomber B1's on it, and it does not need anything to be fantastic, other than a younger, more fit rider. There are some limits to ancient equipment though....
  10. I patrolled for almost 20 years at a local area that later became part of the Vail conglomerate. After that we were highly discouraged from curtailing reckless behavior on the hill because it might turn away customers.
  11. I still have my RT 168 GS as well. Don't be surprised how much softer the Concept is than the Volkl. I'm not sure how it will ride with plates, but i would like to hear your experiences with it. Right now these are available at a pretty good discount online.
  12. If it is for use on a heel piece, for sure use something like Super Lube (silicone based, not petroleum).
  13. Permatex anti-seize does the same thing. It prevents galvanic corrosion between dissimilar metals (aluminium and stainless steel).
  14. Never used, black tongues. Sized for 25-27.5 shells. Shipping extra.
  15. Updated with lower price- shells only.
  16. Does you friend have ski experience? If so, higher angles (30/20) aren't going to necessarily hinder him while he is learning. You might be able rotate the front high back a little, but he will most likely initiate heel side turns by projecting his hips a little more and a little less squatting.
  17. I've had a few hard slams over the years, but other than breaking my wrist in 1984 riding my Burton Performer (slamming on ice because the metal side fins wouldn't let you turn on hard snow), nothing else serious. It's not the years, but the mileage- 10+ years racing, 13 years instructing, 17 years patrolling. Long term the worst thing is how messed up my knees and feet are, having had multiple knee surgeries to keep them going, and how my arches and toes are all funky from years of cramming size 10 1/2 feet into size 9 shells. My feet have retaliated and grown (flattened) out to almost 11
  18. 1 pair K2 Cinch, size Medium, early version, dark grey/blue with tan strap padding, regular and offset discs, ridden maybe twice, look almost brand new. $25 plus shipping 1 pair K2 Cinch CTS, size Medium, glossy black, regular and offset discs, used for a few seasons by my wife, good condition, $25 plus shipping 1 pair Flow Gem, size Large, hybrid straps, ridden only a few times, $25 plus shipping Either pair of K2's can come with a size 6/Euro 38 Burton Grom Speedzone (worn only a few times because kids grow so damn fast) or a size 8/Euro 40 Burton Casa (worn two seasons, stil
  19. I've always relied on biking hills. Find a long moderately steep road and do hill repeats. It builds great endurance for all-day carving plus cardio.
  20. I started with an Anvil Brand Draft horse wedge, roughly marked it out. Finished (sort of) product. Installed bindings. Rear view. $6 total investment. Once I settle on the angles I will trim out the pad more closely to reduce weight and give it a little cleaner look.
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  22. Good to know, thanks. The info I got was incorrect. I did hear back from PHK about their MIX bindings- about $600 USD plus shipping. Yowza.
  23. The Jones Apollo is the same as the NOW O-Drive and about $50 less. Still $50 more than the El Hefe's though. High-end soft binding are sure expensive.
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