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by Mark M
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What is a good ski glove for touring down to 10°F?
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: What is a good ski gloves for touring down to 10°F?

Several brands have now contraption called "overstrap" like this http://lillsport.com/product/over-strap-2/ It is quite good idea, you get to keep your strap adjustments for thin glove and then add overmitten on top of that for extra warmth. However, adding the additional flappy glove is s...
by Mark M
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Screw Pattern and Balance Point for Pro-Link Bindings
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Screw Pattern and Balance Point for Pro-Link Bindings

So far only experience with Prolink bindings is that opening lever part is very long and it hits my waxing stand frame making ski attachment difficult. I already trimmed the lever a bit to make opening possible.
by Mark M
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Skins need sprays? ...What the heck?
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: Skins need sprays? ...What the heck?

What I have learned from last season waxing for family skin skis: 1. after skiing it is good practice to let the skin skis dry overnight, this prevents icing on future outings. 2. equally important is to let the skis cool down properly before skiing 3. just about any stuff seems to work ok for skin ...
by Mark M
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PSA: Save 40% on ThoraxTrainer through Kickstarter
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: PSA: Save 40% on ThoraxTrainer through Kickstarter

Here is another PSA: the ThoraxTrainer is not too fun to train on - at least on my gym the pole slider action felt quite notchy and did not feel too good or natural. I tried to like it and used it for warm-up 1-3 times a week for six months but now they have retired the machine. Of course the gym ma...
by Mark M
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Training philosophy
Replies: 44
Views: 7287

Re: Training philosophy

2 sets of 7 reps 7 reps is still heavy lifting. Since we are primarily endurance athletes, our bodies are more responsive to lighter weights and more reps - 12 to 15 reps being the optimum. This doesn't sound correct. During the summer pros are currently training with high reps and during race seas...
by Mark M
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Training philosophy
Replies: 44
Views: 7287

Re: Training philosophy

The dilemma is same with road cycling enthusiasts and non-pro racers, how much should you devote to base / long-slow miles when you have limited time available. Road cycling is a step ahead xc skiing as new affordable power meters allow more precise training even at enthusiast level. I have no hard ...
by Mark M
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Swix Triac 3.0 pole
Replies: 4
Views: 2089

Re: Swix Triac 3.0 pole

Do they really need a tool for removal or just something to push the strap end insert off the handle? I was thinking about these yesterday when I put new Swix straps and noticed that there is even less extra strap material (and thus adjustability) than before. You only have about an inch of extra st...
by Mark M
Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Terms when teaching skating...
Replies: 21
Views: 3458

Re: Terms when teaching skating...

Yet another set of terms, in Finland the 4 terms used for most common variants are Mogren (V1), Wassberg (V2), "kuokka" (hoe) for uphill V1 and poleless skiing for skating without poles.
by Mark M
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Vauhti Quick Glides
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

Re: Vauhti Quick Glides

I have used HF and UF liquids quite much and they are pretty good option especially when traveling. Usually I prepare training skis with basic LF waxes and apply HF or UF when snow is quite wet. Leaving them to dry overnight before corking makes them last quite well. They don't seem to dry the ski b...
by Mark M
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab

Are you saying there were no Carbon Skate Lab with molded cleats? If we are still talking about the boot in the video, "Carbon Skate Lab" with removable inner shoe, they were never offered with molded cleats like in the S-lab models. Of course I haven't every boot Salomon has ever made bu...
by Mark M
Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab

I think the cleat replacement option came as happy incident in product creation phase, it is just the easiest way to add cleats to carbon shell. I don't think so because Salomon already had the Carbon Skate Lab with "molded cleats" for the SNS system before they created the Prolink system...
by Mark M
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Changing cleats on Salomon Carbon Skate Lab

I think the cleat replacement option came as happy incident in product creation phase, it is just the easiest way to add cleats to carbon shell. Salomon probably did not think that you would change the cleats very often but anyway it is nice option for buyers. Might even consider these boot myself i...
by Mark M
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Skin ski, what to get?
Replies: 63
Views: 17873

Re: Skin ski, what to get?

Have any of you tried or seen the Yoko waxless skis? http://yoko.fi/materials-and-rd/yoko-optigrip/ The first Optigrips were for designed recreational skiers and the whole ski base was treated with this grip treatment as skis barely had any camber. Many were disappointed due lack of speed and grip ...
by Mark M
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fitness or Technique?
Replies: 9
Views: 6094

Re: Fitness or Technique?

For both disciplines it is worth getting the balance and gliding on one ski right. OP seems to have lot of times on fatter skis so there is probably big foundation which can be transferred to xc skiing. Some drills and exercises: - ski without poles, works on both classic and skiing. - skating on fa...
by Mark M
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: New Boot Day
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

Re: New Boot Day

Old model, new ones are very different - accents are blue instead of yellow and some change in the logo. :D In September I spent over 2 hours trying different sizes and models and model years, the S-Lab and S-Lab Pro feel quite different to my feet and I would have loved to have S-Lab Pro but they d...

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