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Dusty Bottle

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Dusty Bottle last won the day on June 9 2018

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About Dusty Bottle

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    Groomer Grommet

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  • Location
    75 min to LCI shenanigans
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Loveland: Cold. Windy. Flat Light. You'll hate it. Drive on by.
  • Occupation?
    Work to Play!
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Coiler 174 Contra/178 NFCE Hammerhead
    Donek 180 GS Metal/FC 167/Twin 163
    Volkl RT 173
    Option 165
    Melhuse 167
    Burton M5/Amp 153/Fish 159/FP 151
    Volant SL 162/163/173
    Sims FC 161/Prem 167 (NOS)
    Hot Logical 172/Spot 163 (NOS)
    Winterstick Mirror
  • Current Boots Used?
    Deluxe 325 Fintec BTS 25
    Raichle 223 Intec BTS 25.5
    Raichle 324 Intec 25.5
    K2 Renin 26.0
    Burton Driver X 25.5
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    (2) TD3 S/I - 3* F/R (Toe/Heel Lift) (66*/66*)
    (2) Burton Race Plates
    (2) Burton Carbon Race Plates (1-NOS)
    Flow NX2 Fusion
  • Snowboarding since
    2006
  • Hardbooting since
    2009

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  1. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Experiencing LCI shenanigan withdrawal, so anything beyond the menial tasks of domesticity, would be a pleasant change. Even a Sat or Sun bicycle meetup might suffice. One more episode of HGTV and I'm gonna start fix and flip'n old Burton asyms! Everyone take care and stay well!
  2. Tired of domestic projects, so....... okay, I'll play... I too, have been thinking I have enough excellent high speed carving blades, so thoughts have turned to a SB carving tool to upgrade from the somewhat soft 163 Donek Twin (bunny hill ripper). I spoke with the Never Summer rep in December at one of the swaps, whose familiar with the LCI and highly recommended I demo the Swift 162, claiming it to be THE powder-to-chum-to-groom quiver killer. The following weekend, I demo'd a 157 at Lovey and check back throughout the day, but the 162 never come back in. Initial impression of the 157 on the catwalk was anything but stellar. The funky camber made it hunt around like an old pickup truck, with a worn out front end, but was pleasantly surprising on the run. When tipped up, it struck lines and ripped some impressive low-mid sized turns. As speed increased however, it got busy and the short tail pushed out noticeably, which made we wonder if the increased length of the 162 (only 5cm?) might be more stable and hold a better line at speed. The demo tent guys suggested in absence of the 162 Swift, I try the 162 East, but it had an odd flex pattern and we didn't get along. Between teaching 3 grandkids (and their friends) to snowboard, busy life in general and now the resort season shutdown, I couldn't catch up to the NS demo crew, so just wondering your impressions... Everyone says get a D.O., but they forget I'm a 160# senior finesse carver and like boards built for my weight. Maybe a short D.O. vs Swift shootout, since you own both? Ball's in your court and I'm bored...
  3. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Had to make a no-show decision last night, due to lower back issue. Hoping to rejoin the antics next week!
  4. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Awoke with a head cold on Friday and finally pulled out of it last night, so no Sunday Lovey visit here. Colt and the fam however went up yesterday, but even with 2' of fresh pow and waist deep stashes, he said the bumped-up traffic and insane amount of people everywhere on the mountain ruined the vibe. Not a lot of pending fresh in the forecast this week, so Tues-Fri midweek visits should be offer some nice, albeit soft groom. Hope you hooligans in Montucky are rippin' it up! later James
  5. Proper speed and staying low to the board are huge factors. Don't complicate trying to carve, with too much speed and staying upright. Work at slower speeds and if you low-side, no worries, just work on holding the edge at a comfortable speed, while staying low. Too many try at the onset to carve at mach speeds, on steep slopes, riding semi-upright and unless they are already comfortable carving, they will skid the turns and not complete them smoothly. I found, I was always trying to go too fast and keep up with the bigger (younger) kids and found I had to slow down and not be so aggressive. Hope this helps!
  6. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Unsure about next week... Early Sunday was fun riding with DT, Ink and Shelly and even with the cool Lovey breeze, conditions were pretty good. Later it got crowded, so I joined Hailey and Trevor down at the Valley for lessons and Hailey wanted to make a couple runs off lift 3. On the trail at the bottom of Switchback, I managed (with help) to ride off the edge at speed, yard darted headfirst into the powder, forward flipped in the air and somehow managed to slam myself back onto the trail. Hailey gave me a 10 for airtime (actually heard her scream, while in midair) and -1 for swearing. Both ankles hyper-extended, lots of soreness and bruises, nothing broken, but I just don't bounce as well anymore. Hoping to heal by Sunday, as it sounds like a great pending group! later James (Advil Spokesperson)
  7. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Simply Magnificent Sunday! I could leave it at that and say, if you weren't there ya missed out, but being a somewhat semi-ethical character and in accordance with Big Mario's weekly banter, I'll elaborate: LCI turnout was somewhat lackluster, nonetheless well-represented for breakfast at the Wedge by Hailey, Dylan, myself and joined later by Shelly. Bluebird skies, light breeze and early day snow conditions, nearly as perfect as I can remember. Traffic and crowd reports will be omitted however, as they're boring..... on to the fun stuff! First run groom was firm and fast and softened only a mere fraction by midday. Spillway was oddly undulated, Roulette got scrapped off early and Fire Cut was a mogul minefield. Lower Richards looked interesting, but I opted to stay with the g-kids. As it should be, my first hardboot outing this season was amazing, as I unveiled a new ride. Schooling me on good habits vs bad, I toyed with differing speeds and turn sizes, realizing Bruce may have something with this Contra theory. I'm not sure if I love it or really love it, but between the melded smaller overall radius (than my usual rides) and the always uber-grippy Coiler feel, it provided a perma-grin and sunburned teeth. Had so much fun, an I-70 roadside snow dance was required! Mario, in the absence of your trenches, it was downright boring to watch groups of novice pizza wedgers and gapers mindlessly skimming and sliding across your lawn, clueless of the bone-jarring slam and ensuing gut-wrenching pain they were avoiding. But on a constructive note, I overheard a conversation between a couple of park monkeys and apparently you didn't butter your bread well enough before your ollie... or something like that! Heal up big guy, we miss you! later James
  8. Hard or soft boots? Idea of waist width? Carving, freestyle or all mountain oriented?
  9. I'm no expert, but I re-read your original post and like me, you may be overcompensating in other areas, when maybe all you're trying to accomplish is to keep your heels down. I have very small ankles and high insteps, so I had the same issue, before remembering the ankle inserts that came with my Driver X softies. They're "V shaped and pretty thick, so I experimented with differing thicknesses of the same type material and some Velcro on the outside of my liners and now my heel feels very solid. I no longer tighten my boots to the point of cutting off circulation. I'm no orthopedic specialist, but I do understand spending money on what works for someone else, may not fix your particular problem. Good luck and I hope my experience helps!
  10. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Yikes Mario, we do not like hearing such reports! I thought Hailey was going to cry when I told her. Take care and give us an update when you're feeling better, so we can breath again. Heal quickly sir, and as Lance said, if you need anything whatsoever, let us know! On Sunday, our group of 6 had a great day, highlighted by good traffic, sunny skies, great snow and warm temps. Hailey took Colt and Lori to the Basin right away, acting like a tour guide. I stayed down at the Valley with the boys, but after a couple hours, the teens were ready so we short bused it, for a few green laps off lift 1. I was amazed at their progress and after checking in with them today, they are officially hooked, so they'll probably be Sunday regulars. They liked watching me rip little turns on the Twin and both want to learn to carve. We left the Rat about 2:00. As for tomorrow, it was only going to be Hailey and I, but neither of us are feeling very well, so we're resting until later this week. Hailey just said, if Big Mario isn't going to be there, it would make her sad anyway. Take care everyone, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all! James
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  12. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Hailey had a sleep over and I wasn't feeling my A game and sure enough, got the crud (dang little bus rats). If my head clears and Hailey wants, might show this week. For sure some holiday riding. later James
  13. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Yesterday was a great 1st day back on the hill! Hailey is already asking about next Sunday, so we'll see you guys there! James
  14. I've seen this board in person and it's as nice as the pics show. The Carbonium top really makes the graphics pop and the edges and base are near perfect. Yeertha's a stand up guy and takes excellent care of his equipment.
  15. Thanks for sharing the info. I've often pondered the materials used in board building and how each negates or contributes to binding suck and also why certain boards of seemingly similar builds, were more or less prone to binding suck than others. I also wondered if it could be lessened with some sort of integrated plate at the inserts, but that in itself might have an adverse effect on flex and might actually cause a larger pucker area and that would REALLY suck! It would also seem boards built for lighter weight riders could be more prone to base pull, due to the build materials necessary to obtain the proper flex. Stiff bindings definitely put a lot of force on inserts and not all manufacturers use t-nut style inserts, so they don't recommend Bomber bindings, as the pressure could pull through the board. I install my TD3 SI's (and all others) with Teflon tape or blue Loktite to keep the threads happy and not be tempted to over-tighten the screws. I check them weekly, loosen when not riding for a couple weeks and remove for hot waxing a couple times per season. Throughout the rest of the season, I rub on wax and buff-in as necessary. I still get dimples... YMMV James
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