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    Newest member of the flock, 185 metal freecarve, 18cm waist:
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    Well folks, here's what you've all been waiting for. Deeluxe has been busy and has a lot to offer in the upcoming season, from snazzy new colors to upgraded tech. They have upped their game, purchasing their manufacturing facility and giving them the ability to respond to the demands of you, their hardboot clientele. Here's just a sampling of the new goods: Buckles Redesigned, lighter, stronger, ergonomic, low profile buckles on all models save half a pound per pair of boots. Re-positioned toe buckle makes toe bail rubbing/grinding a thing of the past. All buckles, straps and teeth now attached via screws; no rivets to deal with. Cants The Track 700 has cant mechanisms on both inside and outside of the boot to increase customizability; made from burlier plastics. Liners New liners from both Deeluxe and Palau up the liner ante, with higher density foam resulting in less packing out, and a velcro coating. New custom fit set can be applied anywhere on the liners using aforementioned velcro; for those with a low volume foot, this will solve fit issues. Models The Track 225 and Track 325 have been combined into one model, Track 325. In smaller boot sizes (24m and below) the lower shell will be the same stiffness as the 225s were, so there is still the option for a softer boot for lighter riders. So that's what we've got coming up! Stay tuned for our presale so you can reserve one in your size.
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    Thought you guys might like to see an actual retail ski shop with actual alpine snowboarding gear. Sport Riml in Sölden, Austria stocks Kessler, Virus and F2. Deeluxe and UPZ boots. They offer demos and rental. These guys deserve a lot of credit for keeping the stoke going for hard booting. The manager, Hannes, is very knowledgeable and tells me that they do a brisk business in carving gear. If you're looking to book a European trip, Sölden is the place. Ultra wide, carve-worthy runs. And if you want to pack light, just take a carry-on and rent from Sport Riml. This place will have you drooling. Some pics below. I know I should have taken better photos of the Virus wall but I got a little too excited to see the Geckos on display. Sorry! Suffice it to say that they probably had EUR40,000 worth of Virus and Kessler boards on their display racks.
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    jay and i found 2 big eggs while hiking the ridge. the new ride is a Sims Juice, manufactured by Never Summer, 157cm According to one review: Carving ***, Jumps ***+, Pipe ***, Jibbing ***+ in other words, i'll be selling all those silly custom coilers and will now be riding exclusively in the pipe, dudes. Most importantly, this board matches everything i wear. my favorite easter ever.
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    Well, as Angie and I were in the demo tent most of the day we didn't have much time to shoot footage. That said, we did still get some fun shots in. As the vid states, it was good times had by all. It even features Eric Diem, the Ski Patrol director at June Mtn!
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    Return of winter(temps). This is basically a sheet of rough ice (from our recent meltdown) with about 3" of packed sugar groomed on top. Riding a new stick (baby Coiler), required a deft touch on edge and attention to form. Really fun to get out and make some tracks!
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    Great day! proof... Ink
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    Ok, I will play. You need to look carefully to see the hard boots, but trust me they are there :) An amazing day with Whistler Heli yesterday. I still have a big stupid grin on my face. https://www.youtube.com/Jc2r9V-okQc
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    I just got back from Colorado and found this waiting for me! A Nirvana 174 Energy named after one of the fastest fish in the ocean-the Wahoo. Thanks to the storm we just had I will still get a chance to take it out for a test ride on Sunday!!! Thanks Bruce!
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    howdy this just up loaded 4-11-17...
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    Probably not gonna happen. We'd rather design new bindings than resurrect old designs.
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    To be clear, four decades of experience in anything doesn't always equate to knowledge. My folks have been in the parenting game for over four decades and I'm still all f****d up.
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    Saturday April 1 Foolishly good. The biggest joke today was the forecast for yesterday and into last night, less than 2", I was good either way, though I really did want to get after the flamingo freecarve anyway. Quick synopsis: Turns left, turns right, turns big, turns tight, set the edge and it'll bite that's all I got to say about that. The odd one, the sheriff and myself did a fine job trenching up roulette, though some one should talk to ski patrol about practicing their sled training under a break over, not particularly smart iff'n you were to ask me. Ink and Kai were also on the hill,along with friends and family, searching for vestiges last nights elusive, massive, powder dump. As per normal, we went back to 1 as the kookfest ramped up, and where able to find big holes and run nonstop on Mambo. It always amazes me how deserted Richards and Mambo can get in the middle of the morning. I guess everyone else is off cementing their legacy of awesomeness flailing down terrain way beyond their abilities. Called it at noon, didn't want to burn up my legs too seriously on todays hall pass, tomorrow is shaping up to be a pretty fine day, see you then mario
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    The idea that people should ride to conform to some limited and probably incorrect mathematical model is to confuse snowboarding with figure skating. Obviously it's not perfect if the snow doesn't break over your head and if the girls don't clap when you get to the bottom of the run and if someone doesn't buy me a beer, but to suggest that precision of the arc in conforming to some naive mathematical model seems somewhat confused. Ride more, think harder.
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    My new "baby"! Coiler Nirvana Energy 170, T4, 20.5w 11m VSR.
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    There's nowhere left to go! I spoke with Fin a few years ago about moving the Intec ears forward, but that would negatively affect the really long boots. Plus, it would drive a new die ($$$) so that's unlikely. Fin suggested I buy some real boots. I told him his dog was ugly.
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    Well Eric, he'd EC a lot better than your suggested setup if he'd just switch to hard boots with a 22-cm waisted EC-specific board, 45/50 angles and flexy bindings. But that's not what he asked about either. Ryan is a pro who is building his career around instructional videos catering to riders using roughly the same stance he does. As soon as he moves into forward angles, he loses a large chunk of his audience. He's not just another recreational rider looking to get better. Not sure how that's such a hard concept for you to understand.
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    New to me Donek MK, and my new Coiler Nirvana Balance! Just came in today. Thanks Bruce!
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    Step 1, make sure you LOOK WHERE YOU WANT THE CARVE TO GO. This cannot be understated. If you're just looking downhill it's very easy for your technique to go out the window. At the beginning of each carve, sight ACROSS the trail to where you want to end up, and make it happen. DO NOT just stare aimlessly downhill.
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    Watching Corey's video reinforces something that I had to discover on my own. When I am carving badly, I'm traversing a wide slope on my uphill edge and I slowly roll the board onto the downhill edge, wait for it to engage and try to ride it around to the next transition. This usually results in big-radius curves, high speed and skidding to control my speed. What I'm trying to make "muscle memory" is when I am traversing a wide slope on my uphill edge, I "throw" my weight downhill to firmly engage the downhill edge. Once the downhill edge is engaged, it easily carves on its own around the turn. This usually results in tighter turns and lower speeds. However, I find it very unnatural to throw your body downhill. This seems go against all sense of self-preservation. However, I find that if I trust that the edge will engage, it works out pretty well. Also, when you think about it, it makes sense: a turn should initiate about 1/2 way across a traverse - not at the end of the traverse. I think this is apparent in the video when you can see the bases of the boards from uphill (on the riders that are doing this correctly).
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    Forgive me if I'm wrong but you are relatively new to hardboot carving, yes? In that case I'd say forget about plates until you have mastered carving on at least steeper blue square trails. One step at a time.
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    Alright folks, let's all take a deep breath here and shake it out. Reach up to the sky and wiggle your fingers. A little cat-cow wouldn't hurt either to bring down the heart rate. Right now, the Catek site seems to exist entirely as a Sadness Generator or a Dashed Hopes Machine, tempting prospective buyers with slinky photos of sexy, if a bit outdated, bits of machined billet aluminum and stainless steel that they cannot buy. If some shadowy figure wants to pay a hosting fee for the purpose of disappointing people, it's slightly cruel, but not criminal. But at least as of about this time last year, as rjnakata goaded me into testing, the payment function has been disabled. I couldn't even register an account to start the transaction process. So, for those of you crying out for FR2s or branded spacers, you'll probably want to re-route that money to your therapist. If you're looking for OS2s, do yourself a favor and try this.
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    New- make 3 inches of pow feel bottomless. I have another 200 I will never sell. beautiful board, never seen snow-$425 shipped. trouble loading images I will text you plenty of close ups
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    He was one of the greatest. http://www.tetongravity.com/story/snowboard/remembering-legend-craig-kelly-7-quotes-you-should-read
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    I'm definitely more abrupt! I spend a fair amount of mental energy towards minimizing unnecessary movement in the turn, but I'm also very eager to get into the next turn. I think they were filming/producing carving videos before I was even snowboarding! They're very smooth! I'm with BlueB - learn it all and eventually your style will come out. Of course, you can steer it one way or another with your efforts, but it's super hard to ride exactly like someone else.
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    Let me share with you what we enjoy across the pond :
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    Almost all of the soft boot rides these days are going to be some type o hybrid camber. Much of it is just what you like. Never Summer won't do much other than their Camber Rocker Camber they are so known for. Some love it and some don't. Same for Battaleon Triple Base Technology; it is your thing or it isn't (even though that is not really a camber thing). My own, non-scientific, anecdotal reckoning on this shows that the vast majority....were you to just blindly grab one off the shelf, would be Rocker Camber Rocker. Even my beloved Fullbag Diamond Blade, which is designed as a groomer carver, has a touch of a hybrid. I know that many of riders on here look down on and throw jabs at anything other than a traditional, full camber re: softboots, but I think the moral of the story is....don't knock it 'till you try it. It is likely that you will not like all or even most of them, but I doubt you would hate all of them either. :) Some are very fun. I hear ya on the TBT, but it does hold better with some pressure. it just takes some faith to pull some Gs on it. :) Not for me but some love it. I think, were you to try some different soft boot decks, you would find that technology has come a long ways. They can really be fun. Nothing wrong with trad camber. But, nothing wrong with a hybrid either.....IF it is something that matches one's style and makes it fun :) If you are going to compare softboot decks only based on how well they carve and match up to your carving board then....they will never hit the mark. They are a different animal. Yes, some can carve groomers well, but they just won't ever match up to a hardboot setup. They are a different ride, for a different day, and a going for something other than having your head just off the deck during your turns :) i would liken it to comparing a Ducati Panigale (hardboot board) to the KTM 450 SFX (softboot board). Two different beasts with different technologies and I want both; depending on what I am doing that day :)
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    howdy all just posted from wow to lighten the mood... 3-23-17...
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    Update... this thing looks evil with black and red TD3s...
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    just photo from 2yrs ago. I'm fulltime hardboot freerider :)
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    This is a 'grab' from Freecarve, because I'm lazy, and didn't want to yet again type the dang thing out... On 3/14/2006 PSR wrote in from 216.66.xxx.xxx: John, try just a modest amount of stance adustment along the board's length, say move both binders forward,um, 3/4" or so. That 'may' allieviate some of the leg-burn syndrome. However, what also needs to occur is that you RELAX, use less 'pressure' down into the board's edge, but increase Edge angle to keep the carves clean. Most riders tend towards rolling up to 40* or so, and that's still in the weight-on-the-base realm. Put your board up to 60*, and there's no 'fudging' the turn arc, as your weight is now more on the sidewall than base. It's scary at times, as the board has to be twisted or bent to change the arc-in-progress, and [almost] no skidding can occur without 'blowing out' of your intended line. The trick then is ride up high on the edge, but with a much lighter touch, and use the bootcuffs like Joysticks to increase/decrease edging or steering input. Using the knees to aim the edge means that the hips are now 'left' or 'right' as much as they're front or rear. When using this tactic, it also lets the knees 'float' to increase shock absorbtion while you're way up on the edge/sidewall. Speed control now is a function of setting the edge early, or taking the arc into a 'crossing the Fall Line' completion. This means, btw, that small bumps get trenched thru, not skimmed over. To get the 'way-up-on-edge' feel, use a moderate slope that's got good width and grooming. Try to get up on 'tip-toes' really early, and stretch into the turn slowly from a soft crouched position. If you got the timing right, you'll still have 'stretch room' left when you've made a full "C" turn. For Heelside carves, roll the lead hip forward And down, pull the Toes UP, and then get both knees rolling into the edging. Again, stretch slowly, not quite getting to standing tall by the time your "C" turn is finished. To link this style carve, let your board carry some speed from turn-to-turn and use the length of the "C" shape govern your momentum. With the stance of 45*, you're on 'the diagonal', where you can still use toes/heels for edging pressure. You can now also move fore/aft with Power to help pressure/unweight the board (this,btw,is Hardbooting's biggest advantage in turning over softies. It's not about boot stiffness, it's about Leverage along the Diagonals!). Leaning at the boot cuffs side-to-side is also usable for creating edge tipping. Torsional twist is also near an optimum as that means of bending/edging can be selectively employed AND convey power transfer fore and aft (again, along the diagonal). Angles set above 45* say 66*F/60*R use the boot as a lever, but the toe/heel feel is somewhat taken away while fore/aft pressuring is enhanced. Carving becomes easy, but using a soft edge-feel or balancing while going slow gets to be more difficult. Riders often use higher angles due to board width, and the skinnier the board is, harder it is to keep the toes/heels from dragging in deep turns. Angles set below the 30's tend to distinctly curtail fore/aft pressuring, and tend to create a bias towrds using the toes/heels for edge leverage, and the knees/hips cannot 'drive' forward to create truly powerful carves. However, a soft-touch is enhanced as is low-speed stability. Softbooters using a 'duck' stance, with the toes pointing towards the board's ends are using that 'soft touch' bias along the toeside edge for better low-speed balance (good for jibbing rails and ollies) while sacrificing knee-steering and power on the heelside edge (as the highbacks are now leveraging the board's center, not along the diagonal). Having a 'directional' stance, with both feet pointing towards the nose is what you want for higher-speed turns. Putting your feet at angles that let you focus edging power along the entire board's length is better yet. The range of angles between 27* and 60* are where a rider can best affect the board's edging with the most power, control, finesse, and blend of fore/aft And side-to-side pressuring. So, yeah, 45* would be "Good" in my book.
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    Robby like everyone else on the team is getting faster and faster and deserves a path to World Cup and Olympics, don't question his determination at all! I am honored to race with him and call him my friend, he works his ass off and is a very fast guy to watch! And he has Nor-am podiums (including a win!) to his name and that is how he has earned World Cup starts. Watch this about him; https://youtu.be/8PMxhhyyrzU
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    By the end of the season, I am pushing myself to enjoy conditions that are becoming way less than ideal. I go out just to go out. It's still fun but... Then I'm ready for warm weather stuff. Backpacking, bonfires, ocean, mountain biking, swimming holes etc. Around Sept or so I get a sense of something in the air on those first chilly nights. It seeps into my brain and I begin to steadily fiend for snow more and more. That's the beauty of having the seasons change around me. You may or may not get the same sense as summer ends. I hope you do.
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    That's how jibbing always starts; a free board from a shifty guy in a seedy location leading to a lifetime of woe. Oh wait, that's the thing with the free crack pipe, right? Never mind...
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    One broken cable, fortunately on a Bomber demo day at USASA nationals - use of a pliers and 15 minutes of help from Jim and Angela put things right again. Our favorite premature release story involves one of my racers who was showing off to a rather cute racer from another team, and demonstrated his step in release handle while halfway up the lift. Needless to say, and to his embarrassment, the fintec released just perfectly, sending his board cascacading into the closed area below the lift. Fortunately, a coach one chair behind witnessed the event and made mental note of the location, buried in 3 feet of fresh pow. 2 other coaches teamed up to retrieve the board while the racer played Wal-Mart greeter at the top of the lift for a while. When the board arrived back at the top of the lift the coach threw it off into the pow in the trees at the top and made the racer go get it. I don't think he'll make that mistake again... Paul
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    Describing me to a fault. You can call this giving them the Metroland Treatment.
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    ....and a partridge in a.....
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    That's you... Here ya go racer EX
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    I use one but that's more because of my home hill. Sticky icy buildup is a reality of life here... Also the main lift is ~8 ft of drop over ~8ft of distance with 90* left or rights required in about~15 additional feet of distance. Add the pile up of first timers on the ground... you really want any extra help you can get. When I've been other places with saner setups and softer snow it's not such a big deal.
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    For those that need 6.3 degrees of heel lift with 0.6 degrees of outward cant, there's Catek. (or making your own stuff) Plus, good luck with parts/support now that Catek is gone. For those that are fine with a 6-degree cant disc turned to give a bit of outward cant, there's the TD3. Sometimes, close enough really is close enough. I was surprised that after a year or more of fiddling with a set of Cateks, I ended with about 3 degrees of toe lift and 6 degrees of heel lift, with a slight outward cant. Bomber pays out of their own pockets to run this forum, which is the hub of hardboot/alpine snowboarding in North America. I'll support Bomber.
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    Mid 1990's, Pure Cave, Aspen. You can learn a lot watching these guys. Non-aggressive fluid style, with power, and grace, completing turns and mixing it up. Feels a lot more relaxed compared some of the current videos, taking the time to complete some turns. 50 minutes long, two old video tapes converted to digital, so some loss of image quality.
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    almost there..... But you wouldn't have known it by the quality of the snow, the mid to late march thaw has been replaced by winter, well at least everywhere but the lift one maze. A rockin' good day today, with a nice compliment of riders. I love days like this, the energy gets rolling, we all start feeding off it, and boom, everybody is riding at the next level. The misfits today included the odd one, Ink, Karver Kai, whom was rocking dads old racing outfit, Areneburner, Lance, James, Dennis, and myself. We also picked up all mountain hardbooter seldom seen john for a lap. We defiled switchback for the last time today, the short bus is done until next December. It only took but a few runs to lay waste to it. Hitting my own trenches in parallel sucks, and kinda hurts, I need to watch out for that in the future. Finally feel like I have hit midseason form, and we are about done. Glad I am there, I just wish it hadn't taken so long. Might not be up next week, I still have a day to burn on my classic pass. Mario
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    I do not accept your resignation. I'll return your f***** dipstick if that what this is about.
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    skating on icy trails... crashed ice anyone? http://www.gomn.com/news/watch-skaters-cruise-down-icy-ski-trails-in-duluth/
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    Let's just forget the sophisticated mathematical definitions and do a simpleton explanation... Radial rides more predictable. Variable can vary the turn shape more.