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Fire Up The Skillet Ma! I got me some Spats

post #1 of 15
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Okay, so buying a dedicated powder ski when we currently have zero snow wasn't the most prudent expenditure, but it had to be done.

Basically I found a brand new pair of Spatulas lurking in the back rows of a local ski shop. They were originally listed at $899 when I discovered them back in August. Last week I was in the store again (this time looking for an ice/hardpack ripper) and noticed that they were still lurking behind a pair of Big Stix. This time they'd been reduced to $539.

I went back today and offered them a low ball price based on what some fellow Spat owners felt was reasonable for a brand new pair. They accepted and I walked out with a dusty (VA is gonna have to teach me how to spit shine 'em!) pair of new Spats.

Now if it would only dump in Tahoe...
post #2 of 15
Well, that's it. Tahoe is now cursed. Nothing more than 2" new in any 24 hour period all winter.....Way to go, Dookey! :
post #3 of 15
Now Dookey we'll be needing a review when you find the proper medium for those . I am curious.
post #4 of 15
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I'm hoping that my "half-assed well" skill set will be beneficial.

I read McConkey's manual and I swear at one point he actually says that a person who has never skied before may actually aclimate themselves to the Spatulas quicker.

Granted, I've been skiing for over 30+ years, but I couldn't tell you the last time I took a lesson, plus there were several years between high school and college that I "took off" due to being further from the slopes, not having a car, and not hanging out with ski minded fools (and sadly, there was a time when getting drunk and chasing girls was much more important than skiing).



We shall see.

I do have to decide on some bindings, that's for sure. I currently have a pair of Salomon 912's waiting to be extracted from a pair of Armada AR5's, but I'm open to recommendations/suggestions, as always.
post #5 of 15
Congrats Dookey,

It's not an expenditure, Its an investment . I'm hoping to try my "new" pair between now and Dec. 15th.

Cheers,

Michael
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
out of curiosity, what are yours mounted with Barret?
post #7 of 15
Very nice. Hope you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy them!.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
out of curiosity, what are yours mounted with Barret?
Mine came with Demo bindings (PM sent). I would consider Demo bindings or a highly adjustable binding like the tyrolia Railflex.

The Spat requires a skilled installer and reinstalling is not an easy proposal : .

You could use a plate like this:http://levelninesports.com/tyrolia-2...lver-p-80.html

and a binding like this: http://levelninesports.com/tyrolia-c...ings-p-64.html

This combo would allow you to reinstall or reposition without remounting.

Cheers,

Michael
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hmmm.

Folks over at TGR recommended taking them to Porter's Tahoe City.

I was thinking of just mounting them on the factory line with 912s.
post #10 of 15
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Hmmm.

Folks over at TGR recommended taking them to Porter's Tahoe City.

I was thinking of just mounting them on the factory line with 912s.
That should be a good combo too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Michael
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
i've so been waiting for VA to chime in...
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
So my Spats have been gathering dust in the corner since I purchased them back in November.

I got them mounted by the good folks at Porter's Tahoe City supposedly by the cats who work on McConkey's rides (Link and another cat whose name escapes me at the moment, sorry).

Well with the news of the storm that hit Tahoe this past week, I loaded up the Spats and Mantras for a weekend trip to the mountains on Sat 2/24 and Sunday 2/25.

Rode the Mantras on Sat as it hadn't begun to snow yet. Sunday, however, was nothing but knee deep fresh and I got the Spats out and spent the day whipping through the trees at Homewood figuring them out.

I loved 'em so much at the end of the day that I took 'em out on Tuesday after another storm at Alpine Meadows. Took 'em out again at Northstar on Wednesday, which at first seemed like a mistake given that NS is notorious for grooming all the fresh away. Still had a blast. The final test was Thursday at Sugarbowl, a full 3 days after any significant snowfall. I still ripped it up on the chop and the hidden stashes of semi-fresh.

This ski is AWESOME! And I don't care if it's "obsolete" now due to DP's, Goodes, Armada ARG's, Pontoons, and Praxis', it is still the funnest and most rippingest powder ski I have ever ridden.

Sadly, I think I may be retiring my Mantras, which last year were the funnest "powder" ski I had ever ridden (then again I was coming off riding powder on 198 7S's).

Volant Addict, you really need to snag yourself a set of these puppies!

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
So my Spats have been gathering dust in the corner since I purchased them back in November.

I got them mounted by the good folks at Porter's Tahoe City supposedly by the cats who work on McConkey's rides (Link and another cat whose name escapes me at the moment, sorry).

Well with the news of the storm that hit Tahoe this past week, I loaded up the Spats and Mantras for a weekend trip to the mountains on Sat 2/24 and Sunday 2/25.

Rode the Mantras on Sat as it hadn't begun to snow yet. Sunday, however, was nothing but knee deep fresh and I got the Spats out and spent the day whipping through the trees at Homewood figuring them out.

I loved 'em so much at the end of the day that I took 'em out on Tuesday after another storm at Alpine Meadows. Took 'em out again at Northstar on Wednesday, which at first seemed like a mistake given that NS is notorious for grooming all the fresh away. Still had a blast. The final test was Thursday at Sugarbowl, a full 3 days after any significant snowfall. I still ripped it up on the chop and the hidden stashes of semi-fresh.

This ski is AWESOME! And I don't care if it's "obsolete" now due to DP's, Goodes, Armada ARG's, Pontoons, and Praxis', it is still the funnest and most rippingest powder ski I have ever ridden.

Sadly, I think I may be retiring my Mantras, which last year were the funnest "powder" ski I had ever ridden (then again I was coming off riding powder on 198 7S's).

Volant Addict, you really need to snag yourself a set of these puppies!

Awesome!

I hope to get my Spats out & make some powder turns next week at Banff!

Cheers,

michael
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Volant Addict, you really need to snag yourself a set of these puppies!
Yeah, just what I need. :

Not that I don't want a pair, but the junkie tends to always want another hit, now doesn't he?
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
the junkie in me wants to ditch my current quiver and attempt to build one entirely made up of Volant Machete variations.

I know there's the McG, Sin, and Soul, plus the Spat. Not sure how many more there are, but that would be kind of the sweet set-up.
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