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Plake sells out....

post #1 of 34
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Sad but true. Glenn skied Raichle Flexons for as long as I can remember.. now has signed a contract with Dalbello.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>*Plake signs with Dalbello
Jan. 30: Mr. Mohawk will ski on Dalbello's CRX Diablo boot,
do promo tours, and work on new product designs.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I guess money is tight everywhere. Even Glenn has to pay bills. So much for "the love of the sport"
post #2 of 34
I got this second hand from a shop owner, but he said that the genious who designed the Flexon now designs for Dalbello...
post #3 of 34
Sell out?
From what I've heard about the man I don't believe it. He seems to love (and share with others) the sport more than anyone. So he switched boot brands, it doesn't mean he changed or "sold out".
post #4 of 34
When I see him on shorty slaloms......
post #5 of 34
Well said Grizz

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 02, 2002 01:37 PM: Message edited 1 time, by truckman ]</font>
post #6 of 34
Heck I saw him at Mammoth the other day....but I didnt notice what boots he was wearing...did notice his red/white&blue hair.
post #7 of 34
I saw him skiing the AK Enemy (188cm), but did not notice what shoes he was wearing.
post #8 of 34
I wonder if Revlon, or Clairol is his hair dye sponser?
post #9 of 34
I don't think he sold out. I think he finally realizing he's aging and he doesn't have the physical stamina anymore to make up for the shortcomings of an antiquanted design.

post #10 of 34
Who is Glenn Plake and why should I care?
(just getting back into skiing regularly this year)
post #11 of 34
Ok, I did a google search and learned he's an extreme skier.
post #12 of 34
Phil, if it happened, it was meant to be.
Nothing different from Schumacher switching from Benetton to Ferrari...
Or from Martina Ertl switching from Völkl to
Atomic...
They're all professionals, and look for(and seek) stimuli (sp?) (and $$$) wherever they can.
If the man is (was) a great skier, he'll still be, gear notwithstanding.

(and Dalbellos are italian, best ski boot makers people ever! )
post #13 of 34
I especially like this comment:

"So much for "the love of the sport""

Does this mean that if you dont ski on Raichle Flexons you dont love skiing? Or maybe Dalbello's are so inferior that if you own a pair you can't possibly love to ski?
post #14 of 34
Phil, did ya think he was buying his Raichles from a retailer? C'mon, he was sponsored by Raichle before he switched to Dalbello.

BTW, do you think he rues the day he decided to wear the mohawk for publicity sake? Talk about selling out for publicity's sake... That's quite a hair-do to maintain. Forget the hair spray, I think he uses clear-coat varnish. Yuck!
post #15 of 34
"Who is Glen Plake?"

Arrgg! Sacralidge! :
post #16 of 34
Wanna see Glen before the hair? Check out Greg Stump's "The Blizzard of Ahhhhhs".

I think he was on the pro mogul tour many years ago (also before the hair.)
post #17 of 34
Phil, if it makes you feel any better Seth Morrison skied for a couple years on Raichles when he did not have a boot sponsor.

And with Plake he touted LOOK for many years, but now he wised up and is riding Markers (ok, he got more money to ride Markers).
post #18 of 34
Actually Glen had the hair during the "Blizzard" days, can't remember if he put it up in that movie or not - but Greg Stump, the director, first heard of Plake as "this guy who has a mohawk and rips up moguls on DH boards"
post #19 of 34
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Todd M.:
Actually Glen had the hair during the "Blizzard" days, can't remember if he put it up in that movie or not<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm sure it was up when they asked him what his favorite animal was and almost positive it was up when he was on the mono.
post #20 of 34
Come on Phil, any real gear head knows that you ski in the boots that fit your feet the best.

Dalbello is making some pretty nice boots right now. Maybe they fit better. This is a non issue.

BTW The Blizzard of AAAHS (AHHHS?) is one of the best ski movies ever made. It's not filled with all that ridiculuous new-school shit either. Personally I love watching Mike Hattrup ski in that flick.

Who's Glen Plake?? Good God, what the hell is that? I guess we'll be hearing who's Scott Schmidt next.

What's a freakin' Raichle anyhow? Wasn't she a jazz singer?
post #21 of 34
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Carvemeister:

BTW The Blizzard of AAAHS (AHHHS?) is one of the best ski movies ever made. It's not filled with all that ridiculuous new-school shit either.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

New-school shit?! Just because something is progressive, inventive and a deviation from the norm, it doesn't make it shit. If I recall from the last couple of days on the X-Games, a venue for new school shit, skiing and it's new influences are giving our sport a lot of publicity for the younger generation to see and get excited about. Come to think of it, other than the few races one can catch on OLN at midnight, when have you seen a media segment dedicated to the art of the pure ski carve? Sounds exciting to me! Anyhow, those new schoolers are doing what Plake, Schmidt and Hattrup did during the "extreme skiing" days...taking the sport to a new place. Just because skiing means something different to some folks, like park tricks instead of "pure carves", why is that bad? For the record, I love the new school shit. I love taking air in the park, because I think it helps me hone my skills when I can't be dropping the big lines on a big mountain. I'll see you in the park, and we'll see what ridiculous shit looks like. Jeez! What wonderfully open-minded people I share this sport with!! :
post #22 of 34
I saw Glenn Plake this Sat. at Copper during the card board box derby....he was wearing cowboy boots.
post #23 of 34
My brother just got rossi race 2 after wearing raichle flexons for ten years. He could'nt stop talking about what a different world it was.
ski technology has changed.....alot. The new boots complete the package.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 05, 2002 01:28 PM: Message edited 1 time, by artskee ]</font>
post #24 of 34
although I can appreciate the skill involved, skis were never meant to be ground down a rail, thats for sure.
post #25 of 34
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Yak:
skis were never meant to be ground down a rail, thats for sure.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Then what's the grind plate on the Rossi powerair for?
post #26 of 34
I really don't care what boots anyone skis in as long as they fit and work for that skier. I'm a Raichle fan myself. They came up with a great design that still works great for some folks. For others another boot will either work better or not as well.

Whether a skier discovers a better boot early or further on in their skiing carrer doesn't go to the current state of technology so much as to what a skier discovers is a better solution for him or her.

Recent soft boots designs like Salomon, Kneissl, and Rossingnol have produced aside, not much has really happened in ski boot technology in the last 25 years. IMHO It's been mostly bells, whistles, colors and plenty of media hype.
post #27 of 34
New-school shit?! Just because something is progressive, inventive and a deviation from the norm, it doesn't make it shit. If I recall from the last couple of days on the X-Games, a venue for new school shit, skiing and it's new influences are giving our sport a lot of publicity for the younger generation to see and get excited about.

alternatively, just because something is progressive, inventive and a deviation from the norm doesn't mean it is helping advance the cause of skiing as a true sport. "New School" jibbing is the Hot Dogging of the 21st Century, and I predict it will last as long as did Hot Dogging in the 70s.

I know that the big mtn/big air/big cojones guys who star in Powdermag photos have skill. But the Q is, WHAT skill?

This subject is dead tinned horsemeat. It's legitimately debatable and likely never to be resolved. Someone who sees skiing as a means of perfecting the ski's interaction with the snow isn't going to go hog-wild over a form of skiing in which the skier tries to do the least amount of turning and spend the least amount of time on snow.

On the other hand, "New School" jibbers pretty frequently disrespect the racers who haven't "seen the light" like Jeremy Nobis, Kristen Ulmer and Kina Pickett, and moved from racing to big mtn extreme comp.

As long as humans tend toward the "Super Bowl mentality" in which there must be opposing forces of bad & good, the ideal of universal tolerance and acceptance will elude us.

And frankly, I think it would be boring if everything was tolerated and accepted. If the rest of you folks looked hard and long at the issue, I think you'd likely agree.
post #28 of 34
Nice post, Gonzo. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #29 of 34
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bandit Man:


New-school shit?! Just because something is progressive, inventive and a deviation from the norm, it doesn't make it shit. If I recall from the last couple of days on the X-Games, a venue for new school shit, skiing and it's new influences are giving our sport a lot of publicity for the younger generation to see and get excited about....
...For the record, I love the new school shit. I love taking air in the park, because I think it helps me hone my skills when I can't be dropping the big lines on a big mountain. I'll see you in the park, and we'll see what ridiculous shit looks like. Jeez! What wonderfully open-minded people I share this sport with!! :
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

OK, I retract the "shit" comment. I didn't intend to badmouth anyone who enjoys spending most of their day on a couple of terrain-park trails.

The main reason for that comment was my impulse to throw the DVD "Further" by Teton Gravity Research out my window after being subjected to a nauseating amount of repetitive, boring, and indistinguishable tail-grabs and other new-school tricks, which made it a hard to watch and detracted from some great SKIING footage. The cinematography was very well done, but overall it was painful to watch compared to a movie like The Blizzard of AHHHHS. I felt like I was playing Tony Hawks 2 on N64.

Do my kids think it's cool, of course. Do I wish I had the flexibility left to pull off a few of those tricks myself, hell yes!
I like an ocassional trip into the terrain park myself and getting free from gravity, but in MY opinion, it sucks to watch it, ad-nauseum. Good old Warren Miller always liked to throw in a mild dose of aerials, windsurfing, or some silly matress racing in his films, but the main reason you watched it was to see some great mogul, steeps or powder skiing.

New-school tricks have little to do with the mountain environment or the blessings of good snow and spectacular terrain, which defines the essence of SKIING. It's more skateboarding than skiing. If there were no half-pipes, there would still be plenty of opportunities for using the natural terrain for tricks, but if entire mountains became terrain parks, there would be little SKIING left, and bottomless powder would be a curse.

I do welcome and enjoy seeing the enthusiasm that many younger skiers have for this type of sport, and wish I was young enough to enjoy it more myself, and if they want to spend a fresh powder day in the half-pipe, and leave the first tracks for me, I'll never complain. I just find it curious, and maybe even a little bit sad.
post #30 of 34
For what it's worth, I've been skiing that same boot for 3 years now. I'd never buy anything else.

Not only that, Dalbello is a great company. I had a problem with my boots (the buckle broke) and I called Dalbello. They replaced the boots! The folks at Dalbello were courteous and a pleasure to deal with. In my opinion, a truly great, small company.

I guess the secret is out now...Oh well, good for Dalbello. Great company, nice people.

BTW, I really admire Plake.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 06, 2002 09:12 AM: Message edited 1 time, by SCSA ]</font>
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