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this is below wholesale. if interested pm me
post #2 of 15
You should probably post them for the same price here as on TGR, since there are several people who look at both sites.
post #3 of 15
Somebody here should just say they'll take them for the same price as offered at TGR. Regardless - 350 or 375, this is a rocking deal on a great ski. From someone with a good reputation for delivery.

I can't believe folks here let cshalbot's pair of Pontoons go by a few weeks ago. Letting these slide by would add to the silliness. Every week there are how many threads asking about pow skis, tree skis, etc., etc.??? These things slay it. They are in a different league (along with some other rc/rockered skis) than almost every ski that gets mentioned among the old standbys in response to those questions -- and they are versatile enough to get you by on groomers (although admittedly not the ideal tool on groomers) ---- and here they are below wholesale... Sheesh...

Just learn to ignore the comments about "clown shoes" and questions about "Electraglide" and you'll have big fun.
post #4 of 15
I don't think Pontoons really scored with the right crowd as much as they were supposed to. With all the other skis out there that slay the powder, these were just too specialized.
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I don't think Pontoons really scored with the right crowd as much as they were supposed to. With all the other skis out there that slay the powder, these were just too specialized.
I really believe the issue has nothing to do with them being too specialized. I think it has everything to do with people's fear of something new that maybe looks a little odd as well. Maybe I should start a thread on that? BTW - Have you tried them?

Like I said - IMO people are nuts if they are not jumping on this deal. Given the binding deals out there at the moment, you could have a brand new modern kick-ass pair of rockered powder/soft snow skis fully mounted up for about 500 bucks all in.
post #6 of 15
Nope, haven't tried them... and I didn't mean to come across as criticizing them. I'm just saying that they SEEM to be too specialized, as a powder-only ski. When you've got fat-waisted skis out there that are average on hardpack and other snow, I think people (especially on here) tend to look at those first before buying a pair of skis they'll only take out on the big days.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

pontoon prices

couldnt remember what i did on tgr--only have 179's left but i would go 350
post #8 of 15

Pontoons

I'll take them if they're still available. Please shoot me a PM and I'll give you contact information.

Demoed them at Whistler 4/21. No new snow in a week. Temps in the 20s. Fast groomers. Bumpy off piste. Got a lot of crap from the chair riders. One guy in particular made sure to criticise them at a volume I would hear. Something about the 'Toons drove him to cast aside all his manners. I blew by him though on the first pitch. Maybe he needs a pair.

Anyway, sign me up for some. Can't wait to try them in conditions they're actually made for, but know enough at this point to buy. Sweet skis. Turn on a dime. Less grabby in variable condish than skis with normal camber and sidecut. Seemed easier in hard bumpy crud on my 40-year-old knees than my other skis.

Anybody have any binding recommendations, or know who sells brakes wide enough for these skis?

Got my ski stoke back! Too bad it's almost May.
post #9 of 15
If you want the "painless" approach and do not mind spending a few bucks - get Salomons + the 130 super wide brake kit. Fit just right - even if they are silly $$. If you know Salomon bindings at all, it is one screw and 30 seconds a pair to swap them in. untracked.com has them (my favorite Internet place for any fat brake kit type supplies - they know their stuff). While there's some disagreement about their durability, unless you are a heavy & hard driving skier, Salomon Z12s work well on them. Cheap on sale at the moment. Or wait for the burlier Salomons available next year.

If you are more of a do it yourselfer, marshalolson over at TGR had brake bending instructions for narrower Salomons and I believe he or someone else has them for rossi/look pivots as well.

There may be other companies with super wide brakes next year, but that Salomon is the only standard stocked one I know this year... If anyone knows of others, shout out...

here's the link to page at untracked.com - http://www.untracked.com/p991-salomo...de_brakes.html - you'd want to select the B130 from the menu. Like I said, pricey but zero hassle. Also, despite the fact that the page says asymmetric for the B130s, I'm pretty sure the ones stocked are the symmetrical ones (which you'd want). You might want to double check with them...

oh - one more addition - there are Salomon jigs big enough to do this (I'm 99+% sure) - so if yo do not have a mounting artiste handy, getting them mounted right is still a decent possibility
post #10 of 15
Thanks for the info. I went ahead and had ptex1 (Tim) set me up with 179cm 'toons and bindings. (Why have one snowboard for both feet when for the same price you can have a snowboard for each foot?) Nice guy. Phenominal price on the skis. Should be just the thing for the average Mt. Baker day: 12 inches of new, 36 degrees.
post #11 of 15
let us know how you like them. i hope you get to use them before this season is up. i am considering getting a pair if he;s still got some left. however, i need convincing.

what bindings did you get? did he mount them for you or are you doing it yourself.
post #12 of 15
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my opinion on the pontoon

I suppose i am biased since I own the shop. I was a doubter of the Toon until i finally skied it in March. I skied it on a 10 inch day and was completely blown away. Most fun i have had on a powder day period. effortless, no learning curve and a high speed limit. I cant believe more people dont ski the rockered skis. I think people just need to try them once and they will never ski another powder day without them
post #13 of 15
Just out of curiosity, what kind of bindings/brakes are you generally putting on them?
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I sorta know why more people don't ski the rockered/reverse cambered skis, at least here on Epic.

I had the good (or ill, depending on your outlook) fortune of riding with a crazy PMTS disciple at Beaver Creek a few weeks ago. He was shredding the pow on a super short (173?) pair of Head racing sticks. Me, I was gaping on my 180cm King Salmons (to my credit the pow we were riding was ankle deep on top of icy moguls, not my forte).

At any rate I was bemoaning the fact that I should have brought my Spats along for the trip. He couldn't understand why I'd want to experience pow on some crazy fat, reverse camber skis. He was all about getting down in the pow and feeling the snow, carving it old school.

I told him that I'd been there, done that, in Cali thickness on 198 Rossi 7S's and loved it. But then said that when I got on the Spats this season I totally slayed the pow. It was a whole new experience and the most fun I've ever had on a pair of skis. To give him a more concrete example I asked if he'd ever driven a forklift. You know how a forklift's rear wheels are the turning wheels so you can literally turn on a dime, do a 360 as tight as you possibly could on a motorized vehicle. Now think about turing a 360 on a dime in a Lincoln Towncar. Clumsy. I said that's what riding Spats in powder are like. They turn on a dime, you pivot, they turn. I said I was actually able to ride tighter trees and not feel out of control.

He looked at me and was like "Hey, that's cool. I never thought of it that way and it was good to hear why you like those skis. Still not for me, but if you're loving 'em, that's what counts."

At any rate, they are specialized. I rode my Spats this past Sunday in 2 feet of fresh at Alpine Meadows. They slayed in the morning, but I began to get tired quads by the time everything was tracked out and had turned thick.

Still, on a sweet pow day there's nothing like laying back in the Pinto bucket seat and enjoying the float and glide of a reverse cambered ski. In my humble opinion, that is.

I think if more folks could demo them on serious powder days, they'd convert. But until you ride 'em it's hard to justify 'em, I think.
post #15 of 15
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I really believe the issue has nothing to do with them being too specialized. I think it has everything to do with people's fear of something new that maybe looks a little odd as well. Maybe I should start a thread on that? BTW - Have you tried them?

Like I said - IMO people are nuts if they are not jumping on this deal. Given the binding deals out there at the moment, you could have a brand new modern kick-ass pair of rockered powder/soft snow skis fully mounted up for about 500 bucks all in.
With me it’s all about where they are made.

+ I do just fine on the traditional longer 100 wasted skis. If I was struggling with powder and wanted to try something new I would look to Praxis or one of the other smaller shops.

The Toons do seem to have a love’em ore hate’em following and this is a very good price
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