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post #61 of 110

interesting. they sell additional base plates for the "tags" for 15 euros, so you can switch skis by inserting the devices onto multiple bases.

post #62 of 110

There is another product that is domestically distributed called, SenseGiz.  It comes weather resistant, is tested to -20F, and can be more weather resistant with a rubber casing.  I emailed their tech people and  was informed it should work on skis buried under powder.  I do not own the product, but may buy it and test it out on the snow. 

 

Update: I made an error.  The SenseGiz FIND  is only tested to -20C (not -20F), which makes it impractical.  I am discussing this with the tech people by email.


Edited by quant2325 - 11/22/14 at 7:11am
post #63 of 110
They should give you a pair for testing.
post #64 of 110


The guy just emailed back and told me to BUY a pair for testing to see if it works in extreme cold.  At least I found out the wholesale pricing and volume (only 80 units) to distribute this thing.  I may buy a pair since if it doesn't work in extreme cold my wife and I can always use FIND to locate the car keys.  I'll simply attach it with a small zip tie to the bindings and give it a go as soon as there is something decent to ski on.  The Sierras are hurting right now.

post #65 of 110
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post
 

There is another product that is domestically distributed called, SenseGiz.  It comes weather resistant, is tested to -20F, and can be more weather resistant with a rubber casing.  I emailed their tech people and  was informed it should work on skis buried under powder.  I do not own the product, but may buy it and test it out on the snow. 

 

Update: I made an error.  The SenseGiz FIND  is only tested to -20C (not -20F), which makes it impractical.  I am discussing this with the tech people by email.

 

Is that -20C air temp or snow temp? JK as I don't think it matters. Once it gets to -20C then usually the only people skiing are those who have already bought their lift tickets or booked their Cat or Heli trip.

post #66 of 110

A "Bear" named fly2Mike  has been selling some very good cords the last several years. My friends and I bought 6 pair from him 2 seasons ago(he even shipped them to us while we were @JHMR.)  I have at least 30+ days on mine! They have worked very well and are easy to use.

He has been refining his attachment system and I believe he now has 2 choices. Good guy to deal with!  (Out of Seattle ?)

post #67 of 110
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Is that -20C air temp or snow temp? JK as I don't think it matters. Once it gets to -20C then usually the only people skiing are those who have already bought their lift tickets or booked their Cat or Heli trip.


-20c/-4F is not that unreasonable for the early morning (likely clear skis after a storm) on a powder day.  I'd ski wearing my mittens if there were powder and then hope things warm up during the day (or warm up every few runs).  If the device cannot work in that temperature range, powder cords or surveyor tape would be better alternatives.  You bring up a good point: Do you really want to pull out a iPhone or Android in that kind of weather to find a ski?  You would have to take mittens or gloves off to use the phone...ouch. 

post #68 of 110
-4f is nothing. My favorite temp zone. Drop another ten and I might need to go in now and then.
post #69 of 110

My most harrowing experience losing a ski was at Silverton. Lots of snow, prime avy slope that we were supposed to be skiing with care, not too much pressure, etc, and here are me and a guide digging around in the snow while the rest of the group stood up top. I swear it took over half an hour and cost me at least 5 years off my life. I can see why someone mentioned that heli operations might not want you to bring your own skis.

post #70 of 110

I didn't read this entire thread since I'm a snowboarded, but I have a related hypothetical question.  Say your getting first tracks with your spouse/significant other after a huge dump and she losses one of her skis.  Do you stay with her and help her try to find it or tell her you'll check in with her on your next run :dunno?

post #71 of 110
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I didn't read this entire thread since I'm a snowboarded, but I have a related hypothetical question.  Say your getting first tracks with your spouse/significant other after a huge dump and she losses one of her skis.  Do you stay with her and help her try to find it or tell her you'll check in with her on your next run :dunno?

 

You ... haven't been married long, have you?

post #72 of 110
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

-4f is nothing. My favorite temp zone. Drop another ten and I might need to go in now and then.


+1

 

They don't cancel even the kiddie classes at the local hills at -4, unless there's a heck of a wind.  Though I dunno about "favorite" temp---the snow gets pretty sticky when it gets that cold, at least around here.

post #73 of 110

Nothing worse than losing a ski in deep snow ... during an epic powder day. 

 

I lost a ski at Snowbasin (JP Face) during a big storm a couple years ago, and spent over an hour digging.  I finally found it under a foot of snow about 20 yards from where I lost it.  Not only was I frustrated that I spent an hour missing out on some great pow, but I wore myself out trudging in deep snow trying to find it.

 

After that, I decided to purchase some type of powder chord, and ended up with Pow Tales.  I love how easy they are to attach/detach, even with my gloves on.  And they have already saved me countless hours of digging.  Just find the bright orange chord and there's my ski.

post #74 of 110
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You ... haven't been married long, have you?

 

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Originally Posted by snmhanson View Post
 

I didn't read this entire thread since I'm a snowboarded, but I have a related hypothetical question.  Say your getting first tracks with your spouse/significant other after a huge dump and she losses one of her skis.  Do you stay with her and help her try to find it or tell her you'll check in with her on your next run :dunno?

Do you live in a community property state?  If so, there is no question about what to do. 

post #75 of 110
Most aren't:
There are nine community property states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Alaska is an opt-in community property state that gives both parties the option to make their property community property.
post #76 of 110
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You ... haven't been married long, have you?

Or at least, he won't be for long :D

post #77 of 110
Hey everyone...quit derailing this thread, it's all about Reqski!!!

Right Rog?
post #78 of 110

I don't mean to quibble WC68, but this thread is actually about losing a ski in powder and what remedies can be taken to find one when that happens.There have been a lot of good suggestions and advice, I hope you weren't trying to hijack the thread yourself...

Bob

post #79 of 110
I just thought that it was funny that an 8 year old thread was bumped by a brand new registered poster and every single one of his posts is about one product.
Maybe you don't find that odd or suspect Rog of being a shill.
post #80 of 110
To be fair, he did post about knee bindings once. Liked them, too.
post #81 of 110
Ok, my apologies...I thought all 4 were in this thread
post #82 of 110

Here's the best ski retriever I've found

http://imgur.com/VrQfFcO

post #83 of 110
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Until now, the only solution was powder straps --

 

No Sir. The better solution is DIN 14. Cheap, easy, and free.

post #84 of 110
Free until you leave your leg up the hill..
post #85 of 110
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Free until you leave your leg up the hill..

 

But at least you don't have to worry about dragging goofy powder cords through the lift line.

post #86 of 110

Anachronism,

You don't have to worry about dragging goofy powder cords through the lift line if you use Pow Tales either. They don't ever deploy... until you lose a ski. A definition of an anachronism in the Thesaurus is "someone who is resistant to change", but I think you would find Pow Tales a change that you would really like. Just sayin...

Bob

post #87 of 110

I'm quite happy with the ResQski device I bought.  Very well designed. 

 

Powder straps are a real pain if you are riding a gondola and need to remove your skis, and I hate them for that reason (although they are admittedly cheaper than Resqski).  Of course, I would hate much more losing a ski (or looking for one a long time in powder).  If you ski powder this is definitely an issue -- a ski can travel a long way under the snow. Cranking up your DIN, as some suggested, is just plain nuts, in my mind.

 

They cost about $110.  I think the shipping was $15 -- if you go to the site you can find the cost in British pounds; or send an email through the site if it is not clear.  Check Google for the pound to dollar conversion -- but your credit card company will take care of that when you pay. 

 

The devices consist of a base which is screwed to the ski (they provide adhesive, and you could just use that, but I wouldn't trust it), plus the transmitter which clicks into the base.  If you have two pairs of skis, you can get extra bases for $24, and just move the transmitter to the ski you are using -- they just click in an out of the base. 

 

If you change skis, I don't think it would be difficult to move the devices to your new skis -- just like moving a binding.  And in a worse case scenario, I think you can get new bases for $24.  The transmitters themselves click in and out of the bases, as I said.

post #88 of 110

Roger,

When you talk about powder straps being a pain to use if you're riding a gondola or trams you're actually talking about old style shove-em-up-your-pant-leg powder straps. If you would take a look at Pow Tales, you'll see that the old style powder cords are a thing of the past, and you could save about $120 over what you paid for your ResQue device. Just sayin... and BTW, I completely agree with you about setting your DIN on 12. Legs are way too valuable to do that.

Cheers,

Bob

post #89 of 110
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Originally Posted by thebobski View Post
 

Roger,

When you talk about powder straps being a pain to use if you're riding a gondola or trams you're actually talking about old style shove-em-up-your-pant-leg powder straps. If you would take a look at Pow Tales, you'll see that the old style powder cords are a thing of the past, and you could save about $120 over what you paid for your ResQue device. Just sayin... and BTW, I completely agree with you about setting your DIN on 12. Legs are way too valuable to do that.

Cheers,

Bob


I ordered the Pow Tales but haven't used them since the snow around Lake Tahoe is lacking right now. They seem very easy to clip/unclip since the main part remains stuck to the boot. I received responses from three small companies manufacturing devices similar to ResQue, but geared toward other uses (lost keys, pets, etc.). Although these devices are substantially less expensive than ResQue, none are promised to operate at the coldest temps. powder hounds are likely to ski. 

post #90 of 110

Bob,

 

Pow Tales look very interesting, and either they or ResQski seem to be the best solution to the problem.  Which is best I don't know, having not tried Pow Tales.  

 

I guess one issue is which is less intrusive when not in use. After all, I usually only ski in powder on trips (wish I could find powder at Mad River at home).   ResQski is no problem -- Pow Tales may also easily come off, I don't know.  Of course, Pow Tales apparently need to be unclipped each time you take your skis off, which is not true with ResQSki, but this may be easy.

 

In any event, I give you lots of credit for inventing Pow Tales -- they seem like a great idea.

 

Roger

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