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My afternoon with Glen Plake

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How kewl is this. I get to spend an hour with Glen Plake fitting boots and talking Flexon lore. I mentioned in a previous post about Glen being over at D&Q for a Dalbello day. My son and I head over with our “Extremely Different” poster of Glen & Phil Mahre to autograph and a picture of my son at 6 mo. Old when he had a Mohawk. Glen had signed the picture 14 years ago at a Stratton demo, but we brought it as a reminder.

First, what a nice guy he is. He has a love for the sport and has become a true ambassador for the industry. Kim, his wife was along and she is almost as knowledgable as Glen is. We talked about the Flexon days and we both had our stories of scouring for parts. Once you get Glen talking about the Krypton, you cannot get him to stop. The boot is his baby. Glen had me try different variations of the shell at different settings. A little different than the Flexon is that the upper cuff controls the flex on the boot and not the tongue. He said other than keeping snow out of the boot basically, the tongue is just along for the ride. The Cross and the Pro are basically the same boot just with some different options like the footbeds, they cross come with a urethane type bed and the Pro comes with that and a (lighter) hard plastic bed.

One man asked to have is skis signed and Glen asked him how long he has been skiing, and the guy said “About 5 years”, Glen asked him if was any good and the guy said “no” Glen said that he wasn’t either and he has to just keep working on it. It reminded me of someone with a multi degree black belt in karate and how patent and at peace they are. It was truly humbling.
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I met him last year and thought he was just a great person. I had him sign an old movie still when he was at Verbia with Doug Coombs and Seth. He loved the pic and ask me lots of questions about how I got one. He took a lot of time with the kids for questions and pictures. Great to have him in our sport.

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Oh yeah, Glen said if he ever left K2, he would find Bobby Burns to make him some customs "The Ski". And yes, Glen said Bobby has never stopped making custom order skis. Graphics are different color balloons (circles?) vs. the old squares and rectagles.
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