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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Leg position at turn start >> differences in mount position.    Very interesting observation.    And I mean that in a "ya know a lot of things we fix with hardware should be corrected by improved training and fitness" way.

 

Certainly nothing wrong with shooting to find some kind of ideal equipment setup, but human beings are very adaptable, both physically and mentally. When they want to be.   ;-)

 

I find it fascinating to get on a variety of different skis, and try to feel/figure out what it takes to make them do what I want them to. Easier (for me) to experiment when I can amass and choose from a wide range that I picked up for $100 or less - sometimes a LOT less!

 

Earlier in the season I spent a couple days on some 186cm 2005 Head im85's. Frankly they felt kinda planky/sluggish, but I just did all the usual stuff I do when skiing - some one-footed drills, short turns, groomers, some bumps, what off-piste there was available. They're skis, they worked, and I adjusted to them. But after that I switched to some 178cm 2006 Dynastar Legend 8800's, and man, did they feel like the snappiest carving skis ever! It felt to me like it helped my skiing to wrestle with the im85's. If nothing else switching from ski to different ski to different ski could sensitize someone to the feel of what a particular ski can and will do with various inputs.

 
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

I might just play with that all season, I'm in that sort of mood. 

 

Play (variety, experimentation) is good. I was watching an old Warren Miller movie, and it had a segment with Penelope Street where she ripped around on downhill skis  in pow and bumps, then did some incredible ballet stuff, then romped around on tele skis. She said even though initially she was somewhat dismissive she made her way to tele because (paraphrase) "once you're an expert at something where's the fun?".

 

Quick shot of her here at 2:43...

 

 

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Just for kicks thrift store find: 1997 Head Cyber Spaces in 160cm.    She likes them so much I will replace the bindings.

Extremely damp, quite soft to the hand flex.     The skis had a lot of camber when we found them, and the bases were pristine, but I had to cut away an absolutely incredible amount of sidewall to get her a 2 degree side edge.   Weirdly, the sidewalls are soft, almost Rubbermaid dustpan soft.    So either the original owner never had these ground - or someone whaled away on these with a super old school 90degree compact file holder and got frustrated when they couldn't get effective edge.



You may remember these from any number of carving instructional videos - I know Martin Heckelman used them; I'll have to check Lito and that H guy.

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I bought a pair of used Mantra's off CL last summer for $20, and as I was leaving the seller asked me if I wanted these for free...

 

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Guessing they are similar vintage to your Head's? 170's, skis and bindings are almost showroom condition.

 

Haven't skied em, but may for a few runs sometime.

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Olin was putting out some good skis in that era. The Outer Limits was a fat (for the day) ski. I have a pair of Sierras (?, I'll check, fuzzy memory)

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I seem to remember something called a 'Selkirk'?

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Yes, I think those, too. 

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My CUTs are 130s. We used them at Wildcat, NH in the late 20th century in a direct to parallel program. I'd free ski them on occasion and they were quite, er, lively.

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Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 

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My touring setup (the B4 Squads) for the moment. I don't tour much and don't need these skis for the resort so I'm pretty happy with the Fritschis on them.

 

I paid about $60 for the Squads with Rossi Axial bindings. I've had the Fritschis since the last century.

 

It's amazing how stuff continues to work after it has been superceded by 'the next best thing'. ;-)

 

The other skis are for the museum.

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Is that the 170-something chick-Squad?   I think I have a pair of those somewheres.

post #673 of 675

No. They are the 184 Dude Squad. Heavy metal, man.

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 

 

Well, since they were "ten centimeters wider at the waist than most midfats" of that era I can see why!

 

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Heavy metal, man.

 

Natch!   ;-)

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 

 

Well, since they were "ten centimeters wider at the waist than most midfats" of that era I can see why!

 

 

LOL

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