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post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
and the moral of the story of you butting in with inane comments is this:

never assume that skiers TALKING ABOUT skis are gapers. even the best skiers spend time talking about their gear.

your assumption that we think gear makes the skier is about 179degrees off base.
Gonzo-
I realize that this is how you entertain yourself, but I really don't think his comment was aimed at anyone in particular here. I personally took it as an interesting illustration of how the gear does NOT "make" the skiier, but that Good skiers "Know" their gear and naturally converse about it - no problem. I think he was pointing more toward the ones we've all seen who buy their gear for the "show" value, ski poorly for an hour and then spend the rest of the day apres talking about great they were.

Then of course there's people like me who are trying to learn, don't have a clue, and bought whatever was on sale! Guess I should change my handle to DrGAPER
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Gonz, 97% of 180 is really 174.6:
hahhahahahahahah! well said J!
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by learn2turn
A friend of my built a machine to convert 2-phase to 3-phase to run his home machine shop. It was basically just a two-phase motor and three-phase motor mounted on a bench with the shafts linked. The two-phase motor would be started and that would spin the three-phase, power would then be turned on to the three phase, the three phase motor would run on two-phase and output three phase. The three-phase out on that motor would be tapped to run the machines. Hey, it worked and the power company wanted $$$$ to run three phase to his house so it was the only way to go.

We found a 3-phase convertier on Ebay.
post #34 of 47
me too, Phil. Anderson Converters. high quality, fair prices, excellent customer service. my shop's getting wired right now.
post #35 of 47
jake777:
If i were you i would be careful who you say cannot ski a lick on this website... just for future reference. Gear is fun. It doesnt make the skier, but it is fun to have different gear... and that was the purpose of the thread. I have met a lot of people who claim to need only one pair of skis... a few of them were very talented skiers who spent their life skiing... the rest sucked. They were the people on the hill who thought they were better than everyone else and didnt need new gear to be better... Be careful what category you fall into.

Youre right, that gear doesnt make the skier. I agree... most people on the hill should invest in lessons instead of skis, but its their money, and ignorance is bliss. I however... (and a lot of other people here...) am not so insecure about my ability and would gladly take 90% of the skiing population to school any day of the week on any of my pairs of skis. Just realize that you are talking to a lot of talented skiers here... maybe some more than others, but they are here.

Don't insult ability here. Thats just one guys opinion though.

Later

GREG
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by DrFRAU
Gonzo-
I realize that this is how you entertain yourself, but I really don't think his comment was aimed at anyone in particular here.
I think Gonzo was 100% right (for once ).
How else would you explain this poisonous retort to a poor helpless pooch?
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Originally Posted by jake777
My point is you probably can't ski a lick but all your equipment makes you feel like you can.
post #37 of 47
Thread Starter 
I guess we'll all know for sure if dogs can ski or not, post Academy.

There's a flipside too, if I choke, I'll just blame it on the new gear. :
post #38 of 47
Xdog1,

With 150 days of skiing behind you, prepare to be schooled at the Academy. In a good way!!! I wish I could come myself for some schooling, but this year I have to pass.
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
jake777:
If i were you i would be careful who you say cannot ski a lick on this website... just for future reference.

I have met a lot of people who claim to need only one pair of skis... a few of them were very talented skiers who spent their life skiing... the rest sucked. They were the people on the hill who thought they were better than everyone else and didnt need new gear to be better... Be careful what category you fall into.

You're right, that gear doesnt make the skier. I agree... most people on the hill should invest in lessons instead of skis, but its their money, and ignorance is bliss. I however... (and a lot of other people here...) am not so insecure about my ability and would gladly take 90% of the skiing population to school any day of the week on any of my pairs of skis. Just realize that you are talking to a lot of talented skiers here... maybe some more than others, but they are here.
HeluvaSkier,

You're correct; I probably stepped out of bounds with my comment to xdog1. After taking the time to tell my story I just didn't appreciate his short remark "So what's your point?”. I could have simply sent a thread that said amassing large quantities of gear is not what skiing is about. Gear is important but when I hear people owning 10 jackets and 8 pair of skis, especially if they paid for them, then I think their priorities are twisted. But why should I care, right?

I realize there are a lot of talented skiers here. It's not my insecurity about my own skiing ability that prompted me to make such a comment. You were presumptuous here. Given the handle you've chosen for this forum I assumed that you are very good. And in your own words better than 90% of skiers on the hill. I think that is great. But that still means 10% are better than you. That also means my 2 teenage daughters are better than you. And, I’m still teaching them new things every year!
post #40 of 47
Thread Starter 
Are they hot? :

No, but seriously...

Just to clarify, the "what's your point?" comment was followed by the "cool" smilie. This indicated to most that your message was received loud and clear. It's the carpenter, not the tools.

Apparently, you did not read it this way. I was giving you an "amen!" and you took it as a diss.

Anyhow, no worries. I'm off to Tahoe tomorrow with my snorkel.
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
why are all boots so insane about packing out and gaining room? 20 days and your liners are shot. are they serious? come on, guys!
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Shell size too large.

If you can stick more than a finger behind your foot in there, that is your problem.
post #42 of 47
10% was very generous... and poor is the student who doesnt surpass their master.
Later
GREG
post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
10% was very generous... and poor is the student who doesnt surpass their master.

At tiny hills in NY i am often the best skier on the hill at any given time or at least in the top 3 or 4 on the hill.
We don't ski tiny hills in NY like you.
post #44 of 47
You are fortunate to have such a resource at your disposal. Where do you normally ski? Due to having no snow this year in NY (the season has actually been canceled i think) i'll be traveling around a bit. Skiing a week in Nevada, a week in Colorado, part of a week in eastern PA (not much better then NY), and possibly a long weekend at Jay Peak. Are you still in europe skiing, or in the states?
Later
GREG
post #45 of 47
I not be a gear whoe
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
part of a week in eastern PA (not much better then NY),
Correction: Not much better than your part of NY. Certainly not better than my part.

I too will be making several treks out west, starting next week.
post #47 of 47
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Originally Posted by skiingman
Shell size too large.

If you can stick more than a finger behind your foot in there, that is your problem.
Check out Intuition liners - $139 (overlap - no tongue), Garmont liners - $149 (they have a tongue). You can re-mold them a total of six times. Sort of custom liners are a pound lighter, warmer, and somewhat stiffer. I have had my Intuition liners for three years and got them re-molded three times - the stock liners are crap - I had my stock liners pack out within a week. Get some Booster Straps - they make a whale of a difference, no shin bang.

It would be different if a knowledgable ski shop will let you try your boots outside (it only works in cold climate), because everybody buy his/hers boots too big. But often, any decent ski shop won't let you take new boots outside - when the weather is almost as cold as it is on the mountain.
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