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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 19-05-17 9:47
Replies: 25
sorry yes - SC not RS. Think another brand uses RS for their SL/GS compromise? I agree about stockli pricing! Problem is they are handmade in Switzerland - never going to be cheap. The only pair I have I bought in 2005 and were £500 ski only then. In fairness I still use them a bit and love them so VFM has been perfectly sensible. I'm a bit split personality between loving a bargain and paying up for a high quality INVESTMENT. Do more of the former but TBH my best buys have been the latter... I think if my stocklis die (use them has my hard piste skis) I might well push the boat out on some Laser SC.
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Thu 18-05-17 14:39
Replies: 25
I was looking at stockli and as I remember they do SL, GS and RS inbetween - intermediate radius basically. Strikes me that for piste use rather than real racing RS is a better bet for most people.
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Thu 18-05-17 12:52
Replies: 22
Rather than just blindly go for another alpine boot, there's now the very realistic option of a good "touring capable" boots that are every bit as good inbound as the average alpine boots. ah - makes sense. freeride boot with swappable soles sounds like a good idea then
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Thu 18-05-17 11:33
Replies: 42
s far as practice, I think it's not necessary and the last thing I'd want to do would be to seek out garbage snow in order to get better at riding it. Although if you ski off piste a lot you WILL find yourself on stretches of rubbish snow at times, even just on wind scoured sections between the good stuff of sun crust getting to shady slopes. So ski off piste as much as possible and you'll get the practice.
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Thu 18-05-17 11:29
Replies: 22
As a skier, I have difficulty fathoming hours of uphill travel. ... On the other hand, I do fair bit of ... hiking in the summer Well that is your answer - you need to see long touring days as more like summer hiking but with a bit of skiing thrown in. It's a great day out in the mountains and it sounds like you enjoy days out in the mountains.
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Thu 18-05-17 11:16
Replies: 22
@abc, I think you'd like to buy some kit but given your situation you probably KNOW you'd be better off hiring touring gear and seeing how much you enjoy it :D We have a shop in our resort that hires bloody good AT gear at very reasonable prices. Honestly buying is hard to justify unless you are touring a lot. Of course lots of us buy gear regardless :oops: Beyond that, If you just want to do some short skins from the lifts then I'd agree F10/12 and your existing alpine boots would be the way forward. Hold off buying boots until you know what sort of touring you will be doing and how much. I don't think it is an easy choice - boots that are really good for long uphill days are too compromised if you are mainly going to be doing side country stuff on big skis. Heavier freeride boots with swappable soles are far from ideal if you are skinning 1000m.
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Tue 16-05-17 9:44
Replies: 42
well quite - the reason its normally done on steep ground is that you use some of that height to get round
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Tue 16-05-17 8:45
Replies: 42
@Tomahawk Tone, now that does actually require a bit more energy than the edge check/rebound approach. Useful skill though. Not that I can quite do the "losing no height at all bit"
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Tue 16-05-17 8:44
Replies: 42
@Tomahawk Tone, now that does actually require a bit more energy than the edge check/rebound approach. Useful skill though. Not that I can quite do the "losing no height at all bit"
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Mon 15-05-17 14:34
Replies: 42
If anything the opposite applies - lightweight skis and tech bindings make skiing re-frozen rattly mank even more unpleasant IME. A little extra weight and mass normally helps smooth things out a tad. agreed - almost said that
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Mon 15-05-17 14:32
Replies: 44
Courchevel has reliable snow, the sort of slopes you're looking for, along with smart (and expensive) hotels directly onto easy pistes. I wouldn't describe the town as pretty though. If money isn't a major object then one of the hotels on the Bellecote in Courchevel 1850 would suit you very well indeed. The town isn't a beauty but that part of it is quite nice with good views
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Mon 15-05-17 11:46
Replies: 42
(b) on lightweight touring skis and technical bindings (that last one, of course, could be just me making excuses ). I honestly don't think ski weight is very important for this, it is technique. I think it's unconscious practice more than conscious practice though. You commit to a little off piste detour and then stick with it because it's a bit funky rather than downright miserable. Sure - something looks interesting, turns out to be a bit ropey but there is a certain satisfaction at skiing it competently even if you can't truly flow over it. Tends to get filed as "well that was a little character-building" at the bottom.
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Mon 15-05-17 10:12
Replies: 42
IMHO the best skiers instinctively know what to do as conditions change Yeah but they weren't born that way - it's all practice. You work out little techniques and they become second nature. The practice comes because you ski off piste in all (avalanche risk allowing) conditions. At times that means you are "enjoying" less pleasant conditions than you would on piste but you can enjoy the adventure, peace, challenge, etc. A big little secret to skiing offpiste in difficult conditions is how to get the effortless pop that clears the skis from the crud. The inexperienced tend to resort to big up movements which require a lot of energy and can play havoc with balance. A big help is to put in a firm little edge check at the end of a turn and then use the rebound off that to skip the skis out and around.
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Fri 12-05-17 9:32
Replies: 40
@LaForet, yep we have AWD and carry a set (pair) of inexpensive chains just in case. Paid less than £100 though. I'm sure more expensive ones are less faff but if you hardly ever use them...
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 11-05-17 17:55
Replies: 40
@msej449, interesting I guess the takeaway is that if you can find "all seasons" with the snow and mountain symbol they are a sound choice, particularly if you don't drive a performance car sportingly in summer. Personally I run two sets on two sets of rims and change them myself (which reminds me - must put the summers on at the weekend!). My BiL has just decided to keep the winters on all the year round - says he finds the difference to summers marginal. My understanding is that all seasons tyres are a better choice than summer tyres in British conditions (if you only run one set). The reason that British cars are supplied with summers is that the manufacturers are trying to get every little bit of fuel efficiency claim because of EU regulations.
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Thu 11-05-17 10:51
Replies: 4
Not sure I agree with @under a new name, I think what you are describing is one form of spring snow as is the sugary type he mentions. Essentially spring snow is the result of transformation by freeze thaw cycles. If the thaw results in slushy crystals those often become sugary after they freeze then soften slightly again. But if snow becomes wet and dense but not broken up into slush it will freeze as a hard smooth layer and when this softens again it can become like a thick layer of butter (ice cream perhaps) for about 30 minutes before it goes past this to slush. How do you find it? You have to move around the mountain finding the snow that has been in direct sun just long enough to thaw the top layer. It normally has to be on sunny elevations not north facing slopes but if you get there too late in the morning it will be mash potatoes rather than ice cream. Too early and it's ice.
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Thu 11-05-17 10:20
Replies: 14
I'm not sure what to make of heart rate guidance I'm 46 and have a fairly low resting rate (48 at my last medical) but can push 200 when I'm working flat out (not actually seen 200 but 196). If I run a brisk 10k (and I'm not a serious runner - call that 45 minutes) I'll be > 180. 75% of maximum would be 149 and that feels a bit too comfortable IYKWIM - but maybe it should feel that way?
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Wed 10-05-17 16:39
Replies: 32
@johnE, Not a bad rule but comes a bit unstuck with emergency gear!
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Wed 10-05-17 10:20
Replies: 32
I'm guessing he could do quite well on either of these. Point is, most people probably only need one pair of all rounders (not that most people can ski like that, but you get the point...) Well... Scott Schmidt skied all sorts of amazing stuff on what were basically one model of old school skinny gs skis with different artwork. Not sure that helps us mortals much. As someone else pointed out we are talking about an indulgent leisure activity - what does NEED have to do with it! Look around the house - how much of what you have is about NEED. Don't get me wrong - you can have a great time on one pair of all rounders. I've done that for the vast majority of my skiing days. But if you have somewhere to store skis in the mountains then having a few choices can add to the fun. Even when I was flying my gear out and my kids were little, I enjoyed having two pairs - took one pair for family holidays when I would mainly be on piste and another when skiing with mates (overwhelmingly off piste) but this was more about keeping hold of an old pair rather than shopping for two complementary pairs.
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Wed 10-05-17 10:07
Replies: 32
@clarky999, +1 I'd argue "freeride" could be seen as pretentious marketing guff too but it is a useful term to skiing enthusiasts because it is shared shorthand that we all understand. I wouldn't use it with people who weren't skiing enthusiasts.
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Wed 10-05-17 9:59
Replies: 14
But my priority would be bring back the Night Train from Gare Austerlitz I believe the rolling stock has reached the end of its life so while I would like that too I think it is unaffordable
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Tue 9-05-17 14:14
Replies: 13
@Bergmeister, Don't know but would probably be worth giving LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle a call and asking whether they had much stock left. Why does he need to do it now rather than in the autumn when new stock comes in?
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Tue 9-05-17 14:11
Replies: 32
@legue, It's not just that you have a lot of skis, it's that you have a lot of similar skis. I hate the nagging suspicion that I should have taken something else out :D I have that problem and my quiver is more sensible than yours! I'd start by getting rid of anything that is not in very good nick. You don't need rock hoppers do you? You're not going to run out of ski bases any time soon! Are the S3's getting tired? If so get rid of them and use the sin 7 or Cham 2.0. If not sell the sin 7s and cham 2.0. Keep the Z76 (good to have a hard snow ski) and the misfits because you really like them (personally I would have thought that in any given conditions one of the other skis would be a better choice but perhaps these are the one-ski quiver you fly with?) Keep the s7 for deep days. Get rid of the Elans, Salomons and soul 7s.
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Tue 9-05-17 11:19
Replies: 8
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Mon 8-05-17 13:25
Replies: 8
As a tight yorkshireman owning a ski company was the only way he could justify the frivolous expense of skiing (by getting the taxman to pay for part of it) :D
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Mon 8-05-17 12:23
Replies: 8
Tools not toys, afterall. I agree with that - try and generally succeed in not getting emotional about damage - but have to say it is easier in your position! :D
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Mon 8-05-17 12:13
Replies: 44
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Fri 5-05-17 15:11
Replies: 14
Thanks. I suspect I'd only do it if/when I bought a lighter touring set up with Rad2s then make use of the heels from time to time on my R108s
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 5-05-17 10:36
Replies: 64
@Mosha Marc, My legs are also 31" and I can manage uphill on 186cm but would go shorter for a pure touring ski (vs a side country freeride ski). I wouldn't want to go any longer for sure.
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Fri 5-05-17 10:31
Replies: 14
@spyderjon, crashing the thread a bit but does anyone run beast 14 / rad 2 with the heel pieces quiver killered? Can you buy rad 2 heels separately? Just wondering if it is a sensible option if you want to save a little weight and give yourself more heel height options for longer skins. I think the toe pieces are identical?
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Fri 28-04-17 16:39
Replies: 64
@Weathercam, to misquote Mr O Wilde "To lose one ski may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness" :D
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Fri 28-04-17 8:54
Replies: 54
@under a new name, Yes but the ski also bends which tends to make the radius shorter than the sidecut. If you want a long radius you have to offset that too
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Thu 27-04-17 13:24
Replies: 37
Arcteryx Cerium I have a cerium vest which I keep in my bike bag in winter in case I have 15 minutes wait on a cold platform after getting hot and sweaty on my way to work - pulls on over my close-fitting cycling jacket
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Thu 27-04-17 13:22
Replies: 37
I guess that applies to all micro baffle down jackets. I think they are a great as a warm up layer when you are exercising hard in cold/dry conditions (e.g., stop when you are out for a run in winter). They are also great when you are moving between centrally heated buildings and cold outdoors (shirtsleeves inside, down out). I also wear mine when I'm working from home during the day in winter and the central heating is off! But it is a collection of niches
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Thu 27-04-17 13:15
Replies: 54
Becasue most punters ski medium to long radius turns. Personally I think both ends of the performance envelope are right - try to carve too tight a turn for the radius of the ski and you will have to have some degree of pivot/stivot to make it, equally try to make a short radius of ski "carve" a long turn with any degree of performance and you are fighting the ski and/or backing off the edging to such a degree it is no longer a performance turn. Yes - I agree with that. But I was asking @under a new name, because he seems to think a 12m radius ski can carve much longer turns perfectly nicely. @jedster, short radius skis e.g. SLs are somewhat too twitchy for most people I expect. skis aren't twitch on edge are they? And you are arguing that you can keep an SL on edge across a huge range of turn shapes so how so?
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Thu 27-04-17 11:16
Replies: 37
It's not the down that's the issue, it's the liner and outer fabric collecting condensation that'll make stuff more damp: they tend to use shiny fabrics for the DWR and it collects moisture rather than wicks IME This - the shell of a down jacket has to be very tightly woven or the down escapes. This means it is pretty damn wind proof. Great as an outer layer but if you start getting warm and sweaty it is really hard for the damp air to escape - fleeces are much more porous (unless you have a windstopper type membrane which achieves the same thing - makes it great as an outer layer but damages its performance as a mid layer. I normally ski with the pit zips of a hard shell open unless it is absolutely arctic so that warm damp air can vent. A down jacket midlayer would prevent that. A vest is a better option for me but because I am generally skiing with a close fitting ABS pack my back would tend to get sweaty. As you can see from this thread - not everyone has the same experiences. I think that is due to physiological differences - some people just get much sweatier when exercising than others (I get very sweaty, my son hardly ever breaks sweat even when playing football). If you don't sweat much then the brilliant warmth to weight of down makes it a great mid layer but if you do, it's a poor choice.
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Thu 27-04-17 11:04
Replies: 54
@under a new name, why would ski manufacturers make (non FIS piste) skis with a longer radius then?
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Wed 26-04-17 15:45
Replies: 37
another point to consider - it's unlikely to be wet if it is cold enough to need to ski in down so you can throw the down on top of the shell when you need the extra warmth. e.g., when you stop moving for a bit.
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Tue 25-04-17 10:44
Replies: 8
I've never tried on dynafit boots so can't comment on that. On sizing up for touring, I'm no expert but I think it is more subtle than going up a size. I'd definitely say it is worth having more room around the toes - a close performance fit that means your toes jam against the boot unless you are flexed forward would not be fun for long days of skinning and hiking. But you don't want them loose around the heels because heel lift when skinning = rubs and blisters. Ideally I think you want a snug fit around the heel with a roomy toe box. Personally I wouldn't buy without trying them on.
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Tue 25-04-17 8:55
Replies: 19
davidof, FWIW the Beasts sit between the two weight wise. and of course you don't have to lift the frame and heel piece with every skinning stride as you do with a frame binding. That said, we discussed this a while back and I have some sympathy with the suggestion that Arno made that a better alternative than beast 14 may be skis quiver killered for rad 2s and, say, guardians. beast 14 is really a freeride binding and makes sense for someone who prefers to do most of their lift served skiing in touring/free ride boots with tech fittings. TBH I thought that was me but turns out it isnt.
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