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Infatuation (What Is Your Current Crush?)

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I find that when I get an irrational and - my wife would say - pathetic crush on a toy it generally has nothing to do with whether it is NEW, and everything to do with whether it is a new TYPE of of toy for me. (Or a type that has been sitting forgotten at the back of the closet for a long time.)

 

Last year I bought a pair of somewhat ratty Volkl slaloms from a college student. Had them tuned at a local shop. Took them out one night last February and immediately put them back into the closet. They were literally unskiable - like a shopping cart with three bad wheels. Finally this fall dropped them off at the good shop (far away). Clicked into them a week ago and ... love at first turn. I am just having so much fun on these skis that only come up to my chin. They're even fun in bumps, darting around like little yellow minnows. But of course the really great thing about them is how easy it is to play with high edge-angle turns without needing the quite the elbow room or speed you do with a bigger, straighter ski. Perfect for smaller hills (check), starting out the season (check), and waking up those sleepy skills (check). I know this is not a revelation to many of you. I have been on SLs before and understood the appeal, but it's different when you own them and can just settle into your personal cloud of unmitigated smugness. :) 

post #2 of 24

Less of a crush and more of an affair on the town, seeing all the sights - found 5 bricks of early '90s vintage Toko Power Fluor (blue) in an old wax box.

 

It has its own corks and its own felt blocks now.   

 

Some demo skis may or may not have gone back to the rep a little bit faster than they started the day with.   OK, quite a bit faster.

post #3 of 24

post #4 of 24

I am still kinda stuck on my Giant Trance Advanced 1......  Got it in Late August so I didn't ride it enough.  

post #5 of 24

I have a crush on my Blizzard Samba. 

 

When I get out of sorts and can't get the cob webs out of my head, I get on the Samba and all is right with the world again. 

post #6 of 24

I'm head over heels for my Yeti 66SB and the tug of brook trout. 

post #7 of 24

2015 Descente Haines shell. I just used it yesterday in a snotty storm day and I have to say it is the best jacket I have ever worn. Full review will be upcoming. 

 

post #8 of 24
My new Mosaic RT-1, but that will change next week when I get on the snow

post #9 of 24
It's unrequited at this point, but G3's Ion bindings make me go schwing!
http://www.genuineguidegear.com/gear/bindings/ion

I also <3 my Kabookies and Jamesj's picture.
post #10 of 24

The new Marker Kingpin's have my attention, definitely. After a year to work out the kinks, hmmm. Some Lange XT130's with a tech toe, for sure, real lust-in-waiting. Skis, not so much. Kinda like what I have, don't so much like what I don't have, and don't see a burst of innovation, just extension of what's new this year, like Head's nanotech. Which they've had in tennis racquets for years, BTW. But know the feeling of falling back in love with well-known skis. Especially SL's. Sometimes I think that's all most of us back east need 2/3 the time. But that's just crazy talk, huh? ;)

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

2015 Descente Haines shell. I just used it yesterday in a snotty storm day and I have to say it is the best jacket I have ever worn. Full review will be upcoming. 



Love the color! My new MountainHardware:
post #12 of 24

ski-wise, I am psyched to get on my new At Setup, Dynafit One's, Radical Speeds (with 6.4mm toe shim thank you @segbrown) mounted on Soul 7's.  Should be a light and fun rig.  


Edited by Finndog - 12/3/14 at 11:08am
post #13 of 24

Specialized Fatboy Pro has replaced my Stumpjumper 29er Carbon Evo and my Scalpel Carbon 29er for now.

 

post #14 of 24

^^^^^ nice  

post #15 of 24

Right now I'm digging on my Veritas low angle block plane and smooth plane. Very fine engineering from the great white north.

post #16 of 24


Still riding this season! My Salsa as seen in MTBaction:

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Is that what you use instead of a Binford 6000 stone grind unit? Or instead of a Ski Visions base flattener?
post #18 of 24

Funny thing is that I decided mine is definitely my Kona Hei Hei 29er mountian bike I picked up mid July. I figured I would be the odd man out as everyone would be gushing abut skis or boots. I am not yet in ski season mode and am still riding the trails every weekend down here in CT. (in a couple of inches of snow last weekend)  I love my Kona and it has definitely upped my game... much as a nice rockered fat ski might help an intermediate rip in the pow, my Hei Hei  gets me up and over and through technical sections that I seldom, if ever, was able to clear before it and I am still riding every weekend down her in CT getting ready for ski season.

post #19 of 24

I still love my Soul 7's a lot.

 

But I lust for a pair of WC Slalom skis right now.

post #20 of 24
For me this is it right now. When we get some snow it's always my Kastle RX12's. Can't enough of the high speed RR tracks those skis lay down.


post #21 of 24

Snow

post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

The new Marker Kingpin's have my attention, definitely. After a year to work out the kinks, hmmm. Some Lange XT130's with a tech toe, for sure, real lust-in-waiting. Skis, not so much. Kinda like what I have, don't so much like what I don't have, and don't see a burst of innovation, just extension of what's new this year, like Head's nanotech. Which they've had in tennis racquets for years, BTW. But know the feeling of falling back in love with well-known skis. Especially SL's. Sometimes I think that's all most of us back east need 2/3 the time. But that's just crazy talk, huh? ;)

 

 

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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

I find that when I get an irrational and - my wife would say - pathetic crush on a toy it generally has nothing to do with whether it is NEW, and everything to do with whether it is a new TYPE of of toy for me. (Or a type that has been sitting forgotten at the back of the closet for a long time.)

 

Last year I bought a pair of somewhat ratty Volkl slaloms from a college student. Had them tuned at a local shop. Took them out one night last February and immediately put them back into the closet. They were literally unskiable - like a shopping cart with three bad wheels. Finally this fall dropped them off at the good shop (far away). Clicked into them a week ago and ... love at first turn. I am just having so much fun on these skis that only come up to my chin. They're even fun in bumps, darting around like little yellow minnows. But of course the really great thing about them is how easy it is to play with high edge-angle turns without needing the quite the elbow room or speed you do with a bigger, straighter ski. Perfect for smaller hills (check), starting out the season (check), and waking up those sleepy skills (check). I know this is not a revelation to many of you. I have been on SLs before and understood the appeal, but it's different when you own them and can just settle into your personal cloud of unmitigated smugness. :) 

 

 

Must....resist....the urge.....to be smug......:D   .....oh, sod it, i told you so....:beercheer:

 

And I will decline to state my current infatuation lest Spinner thinks I am objectifying......:D   :beercheer: 

post #23 of 24

Great S-Works Sintesi! I am really enjoying my new bike after an unfortunate incident with my last one involving a slightly loose roof rack fork clamp, crosswind, and bump conspired to launch my old one off the car at highway speeds. Granted, it's less thrilling on the trainer than on the road, but still good motivation to put in the time until spring.
post #24 of 24
I'm really liking my Head Rev 85's, but a crush? That'd be Julie London:

Or Jane Monheit:

Edited by chilehed - 12/3/14 at 8:48pm
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