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post #31 of 46
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Boy, this has "GAPER GEAR" written all over it..
I knew there was a reason I loved it
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I knew there was a reason I loved it
Worried about all those upstate NY avalanches Richie?
post #33 of 46
I'd love a teleport too but what I want is much more realistic.
I want a powder ski.

With length > 205cm.
Powder is ******* easy to ski on anything. and rocker disengages the ski on hardpack. I'm 6'4"+ and i'm skiing the same sized skis as my 5'10" friend because they simply aren't made any longer. Tall people are a bigger lever and I feel more stable on a longer slightly softer ski than a shorter 2x4.

Reasonable waist.

Honestly when you start adding rocker to the equation how much width do you need. I love the rocker on my sally rockers but 128 is too damn fat. I'd like something 110-115mm underfoot.

Stiffness

They don't have to be squads but it's not all powder out there and whats the good of skiing at highway speeds with your bindings set on knee removal mode if your ski selfdestucts when it hits some sustrugi.

Rocker

Is one of god's gifts to skiers (along with sidecut, ptex, metal edges, releasable bindings etc). But rocker today is a far cry from what it should be. You can't just take a normal ski and bend it as most companies seem to think. It is 2008 for gods sakes use computers, get all your smart math guys to reason out the relationship between mount points, sidecut and rocker. the farther you tip a rockered ski over the more of the skis edge that comes into play. This creates some exceptional possibilities for skis that perform dramatically differently in soft snow and hard snow with multiple sidecuts. At least for gods sake don't do what salomon did and have the sidecut start on the rockered tip, if you tip that ski on edge you start to feel the sidecut for half a second before you are pushing against nothing and the skis slide out to an amazing degree before a sufficient angle is created to engage the front of the ski.
post #34 of 46
How about a personal, relatively affordable craft to access backountry!
Other than payload these things make heli's look like a joke - 20 MPG To boot!

http://www.moller.com/

Make mine black - with a ski rack of course.......
post #35 of 46
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Boy, this has "GAPER GEAR" written all over it..
Better alive and a gaper than cool and dead!
post #36 of 46
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Better alive and a gaper than cool and dead!
Sez dead gaper hanging from the lift by his Manchester scarf that got wrapped around the chair before he tried to get off the lift?
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Sez dead gaper hanging from the lift by his Manchester scarf that got wrapped around the chair before he tried to get off the lift?
Touche! Touche!

(If you are as "accident-prone" as me, you don't want to add any extra risks. I won't name names (this time it wasn't me!) but setting off your airbag pack by accident in the ski shop is a good way to give the vulgar peasantry a laugh.)
post #38 of 46
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Better alive and a gaper than cool and dead!
I say the same thing to the freshman-year bro-brah dishwashers who laugh at my Avalung while riding lifts on super deep storm days.
post #39 of 46
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I say the same thing to the freshman-year bro-brah dishwashers who laugh at my Avalung while riding lifts on super deep storm days.
I've heard tons of cases where beacons helped save someone. Has anyone here ever actually used an avalung to survive under a slide? Does anyone here actuallly personaly know someone that has used an avalung to survive under a slide while waiting to be dug out? I read the avalanche slides stories thread last winter and don't recall seeing anybody that had one and used it. But, folks that have had close calls (plenty of those among us!) ski with them cause they know it can happen all to well. There's a one in several million chance that it wasn't a waste of money. But if you've been buried, seen someone buried, or just come close it would certainly be peace of mind to have one.

Are folks that have them more likeky to ski a sketchy/less than stable line? I wonder of time will reveal a positive correlation between using avalungs and more slides.
post #40 of 46
The Abssystem web site (http://www.abssystem.com/index.htm) isn't marvellously clear, but here is a clip.

RESULTS 100 known accidents (with ABS) involving 119 Persons (with ABS) 106 Persons with fully inflated Air Bag - 3 persons techn. Failure - 2 persons with improper handling (empty cartridge) – 1 person did not carry handle – 7 persons did not pull rip cord/handle
13 Persons without or with only partially filled Air Bags: 3 persons uninjured, 6 persons silghtly injured, 4 persons dead
106 People with inflated Air Bag: 53 Persons not burried 42 Persons partially burried 11 Persons completely burried (head) but with Air Bags visible on the surface
1 Person with ABS dead (due to second avalanche) and with Air Bags not visible on the surface
1 Person with inflated Air Bag died (due to second avalanche) 105 People with inflated Air Bags survived !
Statistics presented by the Avalanche Institute in Davos, Switzerland

I'm pretty convinced. More importantly, so are people I trust who know a lot more than me. Of course, it's easier to use an ABS if you don't have to climb for five hours carrying all your kit (or aren't a middle-aged gaper ).
post #41 of 46
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Does anyone here actuallly personaly know someone that has used an avalung to survive under a slide while waiting to be dug out?
Oops! I thought we were talking about airbags, not "avalungs".

My guess is that the off-piste skiers with the most safety equipment are also the most safety-conscious. I don't think anyone in their right mind would say "doesn't matter if I set off a slide, I'll be OK with my ABS/avalung".
post #42 of 46
How'd you like to be sitting next to someone on the lift who's airbag went off? If the bar's down you're probably stuck, if he bar's up or there is no bar lookout below!

Here's a thought, combine the products.. Make an ABS that inflates with breathable air and has a mouthpiece inside the collar. That way, if you do get buried you have a bit more time to be found and dug out.
post #43 of 46
A battery powered accelerometer-brightened status light for night skiers.

It already exists for dynamo-run cycle lights:

http://www.kinetics.org.uk/html/diwa_system.shtml, the rear light brightens as the bike slows.
post #44 of 46
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Thats a great idea comprex.
post #45 of 46
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Boy, this has "GAPER GEAR" written all over it..
It looks like something your mom would make you wear before going out on the boat with your drunk uncle. I have this vision in my head of this opening on some yutz while skiing. Sorry but I can't stop laughing.
post #46 of 46
One more thought....In the last photo he looks like a red spongebob from the waist up.
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