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by hegel
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Touring / Backcountry
Topic: narrow double-cambered off-trail xcountry ski
Replies: 8
Views: 4215

Re: narrow double-cambered off-trail xcountry ski

I have limited experience in using different skis. I went through the same process as you however and ended up with the Glitterinds. They size longer (according to their specs) and have a stiffer camber than many other bc skis. this makes them built for speed and glide, not for turning . Also, they'...
by hegel
Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Swix Just Click Handle Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1866

Re: Swix Just Click Handle Question

You must have a defective attachment point. I've used my poles for about six years with no issues, so they can work! Nice to have too.
by hegel
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone think the XC market is confused?
Replies: 10
Views: 3488

Re: Anyone think the XC market is confused?

Around Tahoe, where I ski, the locals tend to prefer skating. But then they grew up skiing--downhill and nordic--the local schools have programs where the kids start skiing when they're in first grade! The good skiers tend to be local, and they're skating more often than not. the classic skiers are ...
by hegel
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: January Breckenridge Trip
Replies: 2
Views: 2355

Re: January Breckenridge Trip

I'm not sure what the altitude is at Breckenridge. But as someone who lives at sea level and skis at Tahoe, starting at 6500 feet, I would just suggest that you remember that you're at altitude when you unaccountably feel sluggish, for example. The effect can be quite subtle; maybe you won't even no...
by hegel
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 9703

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

a heart rate monitor keeps you honest. there are days when I go out skiing, or for a swim, etc. and just feel poor, but my hrm tells me that everything's copacetic. and the reverse. Psychology is tricky; your heart rate is honest. but I don't like being attached to the thing in other ways. Saying th...
by hegel
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: BC Skis for Blazing My Own Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 1602

Re: BC Skis for Blazing My Own Trail

I'm not an expert, but I did go through this process a couple of years ago. If you want flotation in new fallen snow, then you'll want a wider ski. (OR a longer narrow ski; see below.) But you'll lose some speed. That's the trade off. (Of course it depends on how deep the snow is that you're skiing)...
by hegel
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 9703

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

People may find it interesting to use a heart rate monitor while skiing. Of course, it's a good idea to know your resting heart rate and have a sense of what your 80% upper threshold should be. All of this is easy to determine. I ski at altitude but live at sea level; this makes things worse for me....
by hegel
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: New Salomon Skin RS Classic Skis
Replies: 13
Views: 10339

Re: New Salomon Skin RS Classic Skis

"are zero skis plus flouro the spot on solution?" Even with flouro spray my fischer zeros have iced on occasion. However, I've found that they have a fairly large temperature range in which they're usable: I've started in 24% snow and had them work fine, if the other conditions are right f...
by hegel
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Touring / Backcountry
Topic: Sierra BC conditions
Replies: 1
Views: 2270

Re: Sierra BC conditions

There's a report with pictures right now at backpackinglight--I think they went to moose lake, but I could be wrong. Kings Canyon area. I think that there's likely to be not much consistent snow most places below 8500 feet, maybe above that too if the area is open granite, which melts off fast. oh, ...
by hegel
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.
Replies: 20
Views: 8786

Re: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.

Madshus Glitterinds size way longer than comparable width Fischer or Rossignol skis. Longer skis glide better. I ended up getting shorter skis than Madshus recommended because they were on a terrific sale. But I only did this because the 'same' ski sold by Fischer and Rossignol--including the Spider...
by hegel
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.
Replies: 20
Views: 8786

Re: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.

I really don't have experience with the list of skis that you mention, so I can't comment. However, my guess is that the Spiders are typical. Also, they get great reviews. Perhaps the Madshus Voss, if they're like my Glitterinds, will have stiffer camber than typical bc skis. The thing is, models ch...
by hegel
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.
Replies: 20
Views: 8786

Re: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.

I don't think that you can have both back country and nordic features combined perfectly in one ski. A full metal edged ski that's oriented, almost by definition, for back country use, no matter how narrow, just isn't going to glide as well as a nordic ski. Again, back country skis want a softer cam...
by hegel
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.
Replies: 20
Views: 8786

Re: Help sizing Fischer Spider 62 Crown skis.

I'm not that experienced in this, but I recently went through a similar process and here's what I found: the trend for bc skis is for shorter length for ease of turning. Also, they often have a much softer camber than typical nordic skis, again for ease of turning. so you sacrifice glide for maneuve...
by hegel
Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 9703

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

"One big thing that brought it to my attention was that 2 of my training/racing pals got hit by this arrhythmia in their 50's as they stepped up their skiing to best-ever results." Well there ya go. Yes, it's anecdotal but still. Did your pals elect to scale back or were they forced to sca...
by hegel
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heart troubles and XC skiing?
Replies: 34
Views: 9703

Re: Heart troubles and XC skiing?

According to my doctors I have no heart issues, other than the afib episodes. In fact I always pushed my heart rate while exercising, thinking that this was healthy. Now I'm thinking that I overdid this as I aged. I've backed off on a higher heart rate while exercising and skiing. Also wine drinking...

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