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post #1 of 25
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With the rapid approach of the season (at last) I have managed to get going with some long delayed projects.

I re-baked my Raichle Thermoflex liners, for my primary boots, Raichle F-One Rev. After around 250 days they were thorougly packed out, and I'd had to do some creative shimming late last season to have the snugness around the calf I needed. Done, it came out pretty good, but the calf area seems like it didn;t get as puffy, and though it fits fine, I can see it will max out on the buckles long before the lower foot packs out. It'll get me throught the season, at least.

I finally got a #12 AB ski tap, which is a necessity when mounting steel capped skis. Once I got one of my skis mounted, I found that I drilled WRONG!!!::: OK so I'm an idiot. On one of the skis, I drilled the heel back about 15mm backfrom where it should be (the other was marked the same but, I needed to get the bit sharpened, so I didn't drill it). Oh well I'll plug it up, and there will be plenty of space to do it right next time, and this time I will have a newly sharpened drill bit. This is the first pair of steel caps I've drilled, and this project started early last spring (I tend to move slowly at tiimes). Any way, call that another marginal success, because the toes are drilled and tapped, and one is even mounted. Also, I have gained invaluable experience in mounting my own skis, and I will need to put it to use to fulfill my quiver's greatest potential for this season.

I also did some break bending so I could put some Salomon DR 9 Equipe Drivers on my '02 Chubbs which are replacing the '01 Chubbs, one of which suffered a delam late last season. One good thing about this, is if one of these gets destroyed, I have a spare, I just need to drill the spare for Salomons.

I have a pair of 180 Chubbs, and am considering a couple options, mounting them with freerides and abandoning the infidel ( RD Helidogs as my AT ski, or, I might mount them with demo heels as a loaner, and for my son eventually, if I get to ski with him in the future.

I also need to replace th velcro on my boots' power straps. I actually went to a fabric store and bought some velcro, but when I opened it, I dicovered that it was some crappy newfangled "snagless" velcro, where the hooks were amongst the loops, so it won't snag on stuff, but IT DOESN'T STICK TO ITSELF!!! Or, at least, it barely works, even when you press it together carefully. So I will have to return it and hopefully there is some that WILL stick together well.

What projects do you need to tackle for ski season? :
post #2 of 25
I wish I knew you were in the F-ones..I just threw some shells out. Sorry.

I will be moving in 10 days so that has taken the majority of my ski thinking time up. But I will be getting a 2 car garage that I will be making a nice workshop in.
post #3 of 25
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I just cut a pair of poles down to size, Now I have another spare pair.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
I also need to replace th velcro on my boots' power straps. I actually went to a fabric store and bought some velcro, but when I opened it, I dicovered that it was some crappy newfangled "snagless" velcro, where the hooks were amongst the loops, so it won't snag on stuff, but IT DOESN'T STICK TO ITSELF!!! Or, at least, it barely works, even when you press it together carefully. So I will have to return it and hopefully there is some that WILL stick together well.
You could just ask for spare powerstraps on the board, you know.


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post #5 of 25
VA some ideas for you: Packed out boots, especially in the upper boot and instep can be cured with the Zip fit pullover. Lots cheaper than new boots or liners:



The Dale boot halter can help with heel lift, but does not fill as much in the upper boot area. PM daleboot (a member) with questions.



Get Booster Straps, and forget velcro. These guys will hook you up with a 10% discount using "Barking Bear" in the coupon code space.
post #6 of 25
Ditto on the Booster Straps. They have four choices, with the middle two choices for most adult skiers. I've had the Regulars, but they're better for intermediates or very light advanced. The Expert is better for me, and the Racer for real racers or very strong, heavy skiers.

I tap the holes in skis of all materials, not just skis with a metal plate. Cutting the threads in fiberglass will help the screws hold better than just using the screw to mash the fiberglass out of the way when they're screwed into a plain hole.
post #7 of 25
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Thanks for the recommendations guys, but,

1) My liners are already molded, as mentioned above, and fit snugly, if they become too loose (in a year and a half or so), I will bake them again.

2) I don't want to spend $40 on Booster straps, when a few bucks worth of REAL velcro (not that crappy "snagless" stuff) will return my powerstraps to their previous level of function, which I liked just fine thank you very much.

3)This thread is about puttering around the shop, not puttering around the store.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy View Post
I tap the holes in skis of all materials, not just skis with a metal plate. Cutting the threads in fiberglass will help the screws hold better than just using the screw to mash the fiberglass out of the way when they're screwed into a plain hole.
This is a good tip, and I'll keep it in mind, if I ever have any non-steel skis to mount.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
2) I don't want to spend $40 on Booster straps, when a few bucks worth of REAL velcro (not that crappy "snagless" stuff)
'K.

Freebie spare straps := back in organizer bin.

(that snagless stuff might actually work for making ski straps if you put it on the opposite side)
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
'K.

Freebie spare straps := back in organizer bin.

(that snagless stuff might actually work for making ski straps if you put it on the opposite side)
No I'm going to bring the snaggless back and get the regular two piece. I want it to be new velcro, not used, because it does wear out, and I want the fix to last at least a couple years.
post #11 of 25
I didn't ski as much last season, so I don't need to do too much work. I looked at my two main skis, Nordica SUV12x (carver) and Scott USA Aztec Pro, and both just need some slight edge polishing and a wax. I coated the the bases with a thick coat for summer storage. I didn't touch my Nordie SLR and GSR last season, so I'm just going to do a rewax. Just for fun, I am going to retune my 1991ish Kastle National Team SG skis. I took them out for a couple of runs last year and had a blast. I think I will take them out for a full day next time (midweek of course). Now... how do I tune up an old school pair of skis?

Dennis
post #12 of 25
The power strap thing reminds me I want to look around garage sales for a sewing machine. I think the last time I bought velcro I got it at Lowe's of all places.

I cut down a pair of poles earlier. I called my dad to ask him to send me a new pair of rock skis from my collection...decided to spare the RD Coyotes and go with some Olins he found that I apparently mounted for this purpose last year and have subsequently forgotten the last couple times I flew there.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post

I also need to replace th velcro on my boots' power straps. I actually went to a fabric store and bought some velcro, but when I opened it, I dicovered that it was some crappy newfangled "snagless" velcro, where the hooks were amongst the loops, so it won't snag on stuff, but IT DOESN'T STICK TO ITSELF!!! Or, at least, it barely works, even when you press it together carefully. So I will have to return it and hopefully there is some that WILL stick together well.

What projects do you need to tackle for ski season? :
Seems like a good excuse to get Booster straps.

Making a wrong hole in the beautiful finish of a Volant is a crime.

Edit: oops didnt see your stance on Boosters.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
I just cut a pair of poles down to size, Now I have another spare pair.
How did you find poles long enough to cut DOWN to size??
post #15 of 25
Some of us don't need very long poles, you know. I generally like a 49" length, so I have to look for 50s to cut down a bit.
post #16 of 25
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How did you find poles long enough to cut DOWN to size??

Nordic shop? ?
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
How did you find poles long enough to cut DOWN to size??
I had a neighbor who was my height, and he gave them to me, like Kneale, I tend to like my poles a bit shorter than the standard, and these were some long ass poles, I think they were 54".
post #18 of 25
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SUCCESS!!! My Ti Chubbs are mounted and ready to ski. I got my bit back from my friend the sharpener, and it went through that steel like a hot spatula through butter. I hadn't realised how incredibly dull the bit had been because I'd never tried to drill steel skis before. Yep, this was the first steel cap mounting I've done, but not the last.
post #19 of 25
My trusty Thermoflexes are just about packed out, and I think mid season will see cooking up a new pair. I have one put away, and Intuition has something like five models to choose from now, so it's no crisis.
But I may try recooking the grey monsters again. The grey monsters are my nickname for some superthick Intuitions that were made about eight or nine years ago, 2mm thicker than their standard liner. These are serious fatties. The first time we cooked 'em I took one run and limped off the hill with crushed feet. When I moved up to the mountains, the first winter they were stored in the basement and became home to some of the dozons of field mice that took up residence there. The cats had a party, and would bring me breakfast every morning, laying a fat mouse on my bedroom doorstep.
Come spring, I discovered the true extent of the mouse problem, and the Grey monsters had become home to several litters of mice. I hosed 'em out real good and put 'em in my Dynafit AT boots (which are higher volume than my Raichles).

This winter the plan is to recook them and try them again in the Flexons- they seem to lose a little volume every time they are re-formed, so they may be just right.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
My trusty Thermoflexes are just about packed out, and I think mid season will see cooking up a new pair. I have one put away, and Intuition has something like five models to choose from now, so it's no crisis.
But I may try recooking the grey monsters again. The grey monsters are my nickname for some superthick Intuitions that were made about eight or nine years ago, 2mm thicker than their standard liner. These are serious fatties. The first time we cooked 'em I took one run and limped off the hill with crushed feet. When I moved up to the mountains, the first winter they were stored in the basement and became home to some of the dozons of field mice that took up residence there. The cats had a party, and would bring me breakfast every morning, laying a fat mouse on my bedroom doorstep.
Come spring, I discovered the true extent of the mouse problem, and the Grey monsters had become home to several litters of mice. I hosed 'em out real good and put 'em in my Dynafit AT boots (which are higher volume than my Raichles).

This winter the plan is to recook them and try them again in the Flexons- they seem to lose a little volume every time they are re-formed, so they may be just right.
How many times have you baked your Thermoflex?
post #21 of 25
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I guess the next project, will be to clean up and repair the bases of my Spatulas, and then mounting them in a few days, once my 914s get here. I also need to mount my "new" Superkarve Legends, but haven't decided on the bindings yet.
post #22 of 25
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Well yesterday I mounted my 180 Chubbs with demo heels, so they can handle bootsoles from 290 on up. A perfect loaner to aquaint others with the bliss which is the Volant Chubb.

I was working on sealing the Flexon tongues I adapted to my Scarpa Lasers earlier, hopefully the stiffer tongue will make these boots more capable of driving my RD Helidogs. I've been gradually dialing them in, but they will always feel pretty soft compared to my F-Ones I guess.

The SK Legends wait for mounting still, as the binding question remains unanswered. Also, after manging to get through 16 holes, my bit needed to go back for sharpening. My friend the sharpener said that was actually pretty good to get that much done with it.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
How many times have you baked your Thermoflex?
Twice. (sorry to take so long, I wasn't paying attention.)
I have found that the liners lose a bit of volume every time I cook them, so I do it once and get it right. I always have Wally do it at Deep Powder house at Alta, we're old friends by now. In the case of the super fat Grey Monsters, cook number three might be just right. Other people don't seem to have this shrink problem, but then they don't have my princess-and-the-pea feet. Many of the early thermoflexes I would ski for a season or so, they'd loosen up, and I'd start with a new liner every year. As the design got better, they'd last longer, and I must have 200 days on my present liners. They're getting a tad roomy- I'm wearing midweight socks- so I'm probably going to tinker this year. I have the Grey Monsters, a new, uncooked Thermoflex AT liner that's open-cell foam (I believe it's cushier/thicker than closed cell) and then there's the Intuition Gold (closed cell) but those I'd have to buy.

Random note; Deep Powder House at Alta and Cole Sports at PCMR will both carry Full Tilt boots and the Intuition liners this year, with the boots and as aftermarket, and are trained and experienced in cooking and fitting them.
post #24 of 25
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I had 250 days on mine, and they were pretty sloppy, but I snugged them up by duck taping bubble wrap around the back of the calf, and putting flat insoles under the other ones.

They are nice and snug again now that I baked them, in fact, they probably are going to be pain city at first. I ought to be wearing them now, and every night until the season starts. I think that I did the toes just right, a bit of wiggle room. The calfs are the problem. These actually are a fairly high volume shell, and the shop tech did an alteration to compensate for my bird legs, when I bought them three years ago. However, it doesn't quite do it, and that part of the boot gets looser sooner.
post #25 of 25
I need to order wax for season,clean out ski tuning area.I wanted to put boots on a few weeks ago but wicked case of poison ivy on right ankle prevented it.Once i get boots on i will probably find out i need 6 toe and big toe blown out again. It was 90 plus in front yard yesterday and that puts a dampener on getting psyched about winter.Other than that waiting for my kamasutra to arrive and got a bid on some prophet 80s"will find out in 4 days 8 hours if i won"
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