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by Raubie
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best late-season spots in US?
Replies: 3
Views: 695

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: 671

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: 1759

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: 1647

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: 1759

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: 755

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.
by Raubie
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: walking sole accessory for ski boot?
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: walking sole accessory for ski boot?

If you have a neighbour that parks his ATV outside...

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Galoshe ... ire-tread/

:D
by Raubie
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Reducing the flex possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: Reducing the flex possible?

Neuro, Clamp them together at the balance point for 24hours. It's a bit of a black art for sure. I'll dig up an older article from Zach Caldwell about how he went about clamping a ski he couldn't kick, with some success. I couldn't find it Googling. I have a pair of Fischer's with he same problem (t...
by Raubie
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Home test for skate ski flex?
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: Home test for skate ski flex?

Jeff, Without a flex tester, a skate-specific paper test might give you some answers... "...The camber pocket of a high quality skate ski is designed so that when force (100% BW to 120% BW) is applied to the ski, approximately 8 cm behind the balance point, as the height of the camber pocket de...
by Raubie
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold feet fix?
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Cold feet fix?

I had to Google when Salomon switched from RS10 soles to RS17. Looks like it happened for the 2010/2011 season. More info http://www.nordicskiracer.com/news.asp?NewsID=5275#.WH10EuvEirU As far as Toe warmers go, you can buy a 10-pack of Grabbers at Walmart. Just open the package and attach the adhes...
by Raubie
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: walking sole accessory for ski boot?
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: walking sole accessory for ski boot?

I use some old totes (for dress shoes) that are about 1" high. Kept me upright many times--and save wear 'n tear on my boots.
by Raubie
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold feet fix?
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Cold feet fix?

Sounds like a fit issue (too small/too tight). I think other members have found more comfortable boots with wider lasts once switching from Salomon to NNN (IIRC Alpina, for example.). How old are your skate boots? The recent Salomon boots (RS17) are a marked improvement over their older boots (RS10)...
by Raubie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Help on choosing the right type of gear
Replies: 1
Views: 792

Re: Help on choosing the right type of gear

Cheryl, You're looking for an XCD ("cross-country downhill") ski--a bridge between the typical Nordic XC ski and a backcountry downhill-oriented ski. IIRC, Karhu was the first in the late 70's to offer XCD skis, but now all the major brands offer them, usually with full metal edges and wax...
by Raubie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Combi vs Classic Boot
Replies: 13
Views: 1722

Re: Combi vs Classic Boot

Pat, I'm on my second pair of Salomon Pro Combis ('16/'17). My first pair from '09 have have a few thousand k's on them and the right toe separated from the sole (not uncommon on that generation). They can be re-glued. I have the same positive experience as Montana, the extra rigidity when out of th...
by Raubie
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Question about abrasive snow and choosing glide wax
Replies: 12
Views: 3872

Re: Question about abrasive snow and choosing glide wax

You haven't mentioned what you've done to your bases prior to using the two Ski*Go hydrocarbons, but it sounds to me like they're under-prepped. Being familiar with some of the Ski*Go waxes, take a close look at these articles from Ski*Go/SkiWax.ca. I'd suggest printing them off and putting them int...

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