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About nigelc

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    Auckland, NZ
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    F2 Roadster162,Oxygen SL 150, Hot blast 166, Hot SL148, Prior wcrm 177
  • Current Boots Used?
    deeluxe 700T
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Bomber TD3 Sidewinder step in
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  1. I think the only jump without a crash & burn landing is the one where he is tied to the bridge. I recognize some of the Treble Cone off piste there.
  2. Youth don't seem to have a problem laying out similar cash for skis and Boots and poles, so I am not sure that money is the issue. Money is always the first stated reason, but often not the real reason why things don't happen.
  3. The same thing I am always learning. Don't drop my head in on the toe side, don't break at the waist, and angulate....
  4. Oh there will be somebody somewhere in a garage who just can't help themselves..... And eventually whatever it is will break out onto a racecourse somehow and the cycle will start again. Same as it ever was.
  5. If a competitor thinks he/she is a better athlete or technician than the others then all they need is the same gear as everyone else to give them a decent chance to win. If they assess their ability as at best equal then they may spend time & money searching for an equipment edge. It then has to be a reasonable advantage as there is an "opportunity cost" to finding/inventing and developing new gear and the technique that comes with it. This is what happened with metal - the schoch brothers dominating on their Kessler's and isolation plates with Benny Karl dominating. What happened in the Vancouver PGS is why we see little innovation. After being almost unbeatable, Karl was ministered by an almost superhuman Jasey Jay Anderson on a catch-up copycat plate. Karl's advantage disappeared at the critical moment and he was edged by a better athlete on the day.
  6. Test fitting an intuition liner is not useful. The shape before they are moulded is not relevant. If you phone Intuition and talk to them they will be able to give you good advice on which liners to use. When you first heat them and put your foot in during the fitting process they will feel impossibly small. After the moulding process when they have cooked they should still feel a little tight. Over the first five days or so of riding they will relax enough to be comfortable. I prefer the liners with the thin, non-mouldable sole in conjunction with a footbed of higher density as this seems more stable under load.
  7. It's not toe or heel drag I fear, it's the sliding down the mountain on my face at eleventy seven miles per hour.
  8. Do heavier boots contribute to damping? What advantage do lighter boots give? Apart from convenience for flying
  9. Thankfully in NZ we ride above the tree line..... All the worst injuries are from driving the nose into soft snow. There are supposed to be eight knee ligaments, and I only have five left. I have lost count of how many broken ribs. Also two concussions. Always from being hit from behind. All spread over 25 seasons.
  10. Isn't that what the BTS or similar is for?
  11. https://gearpatrol.com/2019/11/15/snowboard-boots-history/
  12. Hi Scott


    Are you still in Qtown? I am coming down for an unexpected late season visit and if you are still there we can do a lesson.




  13. Hi Scott Unfortunately I have just got back from qtown on Tuesday. I had a few days at Coronet & Cardrona but was very Flu affected throughout so a lesson would have been a waste of time. Alan Mackenzie (Sunsurfer) is usually around qtown at this time as there is a conference that he usually attends, although the last time I saw him he didn't seem to need much coaching! Flick him a PM and see if he is interested...
  14. My understanding is that the boot articulation should be roughly set in the centre of your range of motion. Then the bindings are adjusted for cant & lift so that in a "neutral" stance pressure in the cuffs and on the soles is evenly distributed so that on a flat surface at moderate speed the board wants to go straight. Fine tuning can then be done with boot cuff adjustment, necessary because binding cant and lift adjustments are usually in 3 degree increments or similar If you do it all with the boots you are missing out on flex or extension that may be useful
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