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Nordica Patron Pro - thickness of plastic at the toe?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

  I'm all geared up to do some grinding to my Patron Pro's (which I absolutely love). 

Fortunately I have several pairs of junk shells to practice on.

 

What I'm curious about is how thick the plastic is at the end of the toe and on the roof of it. 

It feels much thicker than the cuff which comes in at around 4mm but it's hard to be sure.

 

Any ballpark guesstimates are appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Mark

post #2 of 6

between 3 and 7 mm. which is a mute number, cause you cannot get inside of the toe box to measure what you are doing. that's why they call  a toe box grind a blind grind. 

 

you need to keep your hand over the outside of the toe box as you grind so you can feel where the burr is and judge by the vibration and the heat generated how much more you can grind. once you get close to 2mm thick the shell will feel soft and spongy at that thin spot. make sure to finish off with a small flapper burr so the roughness from the grind does not abrade the neoprene liner toe.

 

when you can see the burr, you have gone too far........., but that's another post with another question like what/how do i fix my nordica patron pro with after market air conditioning installed.

 

jim

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Great information Jim! Thanks so much for sharing.

 

Since I have your ear, for a toe grind on a 27.5 shell, would I be better off getting my hands on a foredom 44t handpiece( 5 1/2 inches long) or the smaller 43t (4 inches long) or does it even matter?

 

By the way I really appreciate the youtube videos you've posted.

They are incredibly helpful.

 

 

-Mark

post #4 of 6

It does matter but not as much with boots the size you are grinding.  However, I like using the shorter handle whenever I'm toe grinding.

 

Lou

post #5 of 6

Sorry I must have been seeing things.  I thought I read in your post you were grinding a 27.  Must have been a flashback to another post.  My youth is rearing its head.  For a boot smaller than a 26 I think the shorter handle is essential.  When I use the longer one I get a lot of heat at the 90 degree bend in the sheath and it is definitely less with the shorter handle.

 

Lou

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks Lou! I was leaning towards the shorter one so that settles it.

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