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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


  • 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 178 NFCE Hammerhead
    Donek 180 GS Metal/FC 167/Twin 163
    Volkl RT 173
    Option 165
    Melhuse 167
    Burton M5/Amp 153/SupMod 168/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) (63*/63*)
    (2) Burton Race Plates
    (2) Burton Carbon Race Plates (1-NOS)
    Flow NX2 Fusion
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  1. 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!
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. Hard or soft boots? Idea of waist width? Carving, freestyle or all mountain oriented?
  5. 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!
  6. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Dude! Take care and enjoy your new adventure! Let us know when you're headed back for a visit!
  13. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    I wish... (emoji pun intended, if you get it, you were there)
  14. Dusty Bottle

    Yo Lci!!

    Another great Lovey season, but I have to say I'm glad it was the finale.... Keep your hands off the snow, they said. Don't pat the dog, they said. Reach for the outer boot, they said... What they failed to say is, if you're going down on heelside, let your arse take the impact! That nasty black and blue thumb, nauseating everyone in the Rat Sunday afternoon was diagnosed as a crushed carpometacarpal joint. Splint for a few weeks, then therapy. Maybe it's off season, for a reason. On a few sentimental notes: Pete, we missed you this season, but so glad you're enjoying your new surroundings. As a former southern flatlander, I too enjoyed Santa Fe, Taos and Angel Fire as viable alternatives to CO. Monodude leaving us? Dude, what can I say? So much in common, yet without our band of hooligan misfits, our paths would likely never have crossed. Slow Lovey lifts will be utter molasses without our engaging conversations on old school m/c road racing, your latest, greatest and most freakish mono, comparing old guy joint pain and concussions. I promise when I bring out the Easy Jungle, I'll have Hailey make a video for your viewing entertainment! If you're ever in the hood, you always got a room! Enjoy your new PNW digs! Old Guys Rule! Seasons come and seasons go, but the LCI lives on! later... James
  15. Love my Flow NX2 with Fusion straps. I don't notice much flex, but then again you've got a few burgers on me. It's still nothing like my old Burtons and Morrows though.
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