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by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Touring / Backcountry
Topic: X-Adv binding compatible with Profil? [NEW SEASON! :) ]
Replies: 6
Views: 3974

Re: X-Adv binding compatible with Profil? [NEW SEASON! :) ]

I had a pair of Salomon X-Adv XA/Adv-8 boots on my Madshus Glittertinds and loved the combination. Unfortunately, I developed a bad blister below my ankle from a seam in the boot mold that I was unable to remedy. Returned them to find a replacement boot couldn't be ordered. Ended up having to change...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Birkie Waxing
Replies: 23
Views: 817

Re: Birkie Waxing

It's always a pleasure to read the yearly 'battle reports' from the Birkie. Thx.
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: FrankNski setup for backcountry
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: FrankNski setup for backcountry

combi boots are the most awesome development in XC. they create a big part of the 'mt bike of skis' -- huge control and stability on ungroomed trail. Jack of all, master of none perhaps, but I love my ProCombis, too. Even with SLABs and RC Carbons on hand, I use my 'combos' a lot while classic skii...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: The only correct way to measure XC ski pole lengths
Replies: 6
Views: 1158

Re: The only correct way to measure XC ski pole lengths

For me, 0.83 x my height comes up 2.5cm short. My traps ache at the thought-it'd really throw my form off.
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: XC Skis for firm, bumpy trails
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: XC Skis for firm, bumpy trails

Thanks, all! I found the Voss on a rather extreme closeout, so I snagged a pair. I'll try them with wax and see if I'm headed in the right direction - I've never used metal edges on a ski this narrow, so that'll be interesting to try. They are also cheap enough to be a great candidate for a DIY ski...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Touring / Backcountry
Topic: Backcountry ski pole length
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Backcountry ski pole length

See my earlier comment on your other post regarding a few thoughts on pole length. The challenge for backcountry is that while you skis (or snowshoes) float on the semi-compacted track you make in deeper fresh snow, your poles are going to plunge into the soft snow below the plane of your ski bases,...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Turnamic bindings opening during World Champ race!
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Turnamic bindings opening during World Champ race!

Thanks for the video, Neuro. I'm in the same camp as E365. No issues w/Propulse or Profil whatsoever. It's their implementation of the Pilot skate that are my favourites! The problem with Demo days for NNN/boots are that too many variables change for us SNS holdouts to properly gauge the possible di...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Too old to start skating?
Replies: 17
Views: 1191

Re: Too old to start skating?

Great question! If you've been classic skiing for 'decades,' you're in for a treat. Classic skiing is to 'zen' as skate skiing is to ENDORPHINS. I love both, but a day out on skate skis and you can't wipe the the smile off of my face. It was a revelation to me after a decade of 'grind out the miles'...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Montana
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Hello from Montana

Welcome! I have a pair of Madshus Glittertind MGV+ (205cm) and love them for much of what you mentioned--though I choose them over the comparative Fischers for their more forgiving tip and tail for telemark turns. We use them in areas w/a lot of Cedar/Pine/Spruce debris, so opted for the waxless (MG...
by Raubie
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best late-season spots in US?
Replies: 3
Views: 1370

Re: Best late-season spots in US?

Welcome to the forum! Considered the Canadian Rockies? Canmore Nordic Centre (our Olympic/FIS venue)/Banff/Kananaskis is hard to beat any time, let alone in mid-April, and your US dollar goes a long way ($1US = $1.34 CAN). CNC is a 90 minute shuttle from the Calgary airport - the scenic Rockies is w...
by Raubie
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: How Long Does Liquid Glide Wax Last?
Replies: 2
Views: 1729

Re: How Long Does Liquid Glide Wax Last?

Much, much less than a proper waxing (iron/parrafin wax/scraper/nylon brush). The Swix F4 liquid helps reduce icing under foot in the dreaded fresh snow of 28°F-33°F, but wears away quickly. It's the wax "in the base" that reduces friction in cold/dry snow and suction in warmer/wetter snow...
by Raubie
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Fischer RC5 vs RC7 Skate Boots & CRS vs SCS Skate Skis
Replies: 8
Views: 4659

Re: Fischer RC5 vs RC7 Skate Boots & CRS vs SCS Skate Skis

It does sound like a good deal. I just need to decide if I should hold off on the skis until next year when the Turnamic system comes out. I am sure we would have to pay a premium for them and forget about any sales. Not sure if it's worth the wait and the full cost for the performance/convenience....
by Raubie
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: broke my arm ... rats!
Replies: 15
Views: 3512

Re: broke my arm ... rats!

Ouch! Good luck with your recovery Jeff.
by Raubie
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Fischer RC5 vs RC7 Skate Boots & CRS vs SCS Skate Skis
Replies: 8
Views: 4659

Re: Fischer RC5 vs RC7 Skate Boots & CRS vs SCS Skate Skis

At almost $300 off (w/tax), I *highly* recommend the RC7 + SCS package. Both are a noticeable improvement in performance over their alternatives, and are a much better value long-term. Too bad MEC doesn't sell the RCR (or RCS). Being on the Salomon side, I always wondered why MEC never carried Salom...
by Raubie
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Marwe REPAIR needed
Replies: 4
Views: 1674

Re: Marwe REPAIR needed

Try a two-part epoxy (Lowes/HD or West Marine), or PL Premium (comes in a caulking tube from Lowes/HD). Both glueing surfaces have to be very clean. Wipe up all squeeze-out from clamping -- and wear gloves.

These will cure *very* hard. If your want something flexible, Shoe-Goo might work.

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