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What changes did you do to your gear this year and how did that affect your skiing?

post #1 of 14
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I stuck to my old pants, jacket and race suit but I did get myself shorter SL poles and new boots. The shorter ski poles allowed me to stay lower at transition and it made my pole plants and taps much more subtle and easy. Before I had to raice my arm quite a lot but now all arm movements are snappier. My new boots were without canting and I found out that even if I had less traction while free skiing on softer snow I was able to improve my racing on hard an icy racing tracks dramatically. The boots were also shorter and with a tighter fit. Incredible difference in responce.

post #2 of 14

Got a helmet.  - no noticeable change in skiing, but touque did fit in boot bag better.  One more thing to carry around the parking lot.

 

Got binders for the Völkl P50 F1s, now I can arc longer turns and these skis are soft enough longitudinally to make some pretty tight turns at moderate speeds, so I don't need to choose between arcing short turns on WC SC and long turns on Machete G. (Machete will still be the deep snow ski, SCs for slow skiing with friends and family).

 

Boots are worked in a little bit more, another year or so and I should be able to tolerate socks in them.

 

Switched to compact car.  Tougher to fit skis inside.

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 14

I changed nothing, and probably won't next season either.  I feel like I finally got dialed in and I'll ride this wave for a while.

post #4 of 14

New boots.  Same make & model, but a few changes in the set-up.  Most notably, a more upright stance, adjusted sole height for leg length discrepancy, new, softer, more flexible foot beds.  My feet are more comfortable & my skiing feels more balanced.

JF

post #5 of 14

No more knee supports.   I was rewarded with far more range of motion.

 

Gave a 1/3 tune to the iM88s, performed even better, more bite, more of what I want....damn I love those skis.

 

Skied a few tiny places that I hadn't seen in years, got back to the root of things.   I was reminded why progress is paramount and more is better....little ski areas suck.

post #6 of 14

Changed boots from Dobie 150 to Aggressor 150, definitely seemed to make an improvement in quicker turn-in and overall  improvement. (thanks Starthaus!)

 

(As usual) played about with lots of different skis - for Sl went back to 155, realized it suits me much better (and proven by the clock) than a 165.  Finally got Sl a little bit more sussed out and realized I just need to let things go and throw myself downhill regardless

 

 

For GS, back to Fischer in a 183 > 21m, convinced myself that no matter that my Blizzard 185 WC GS was the fastest base GS ski I have ever used, a >27m ski is just too much for me in gates  .   For Super G prevaricated between 195 and 201 but decided that really i should work on staying with the 201.

 

Skied 4 different brands of Sl and 4 different GS (!) and, despite all being a little bit different (apart from the Volkl Sls which I just could not make work for me in gates and sold quickly), it is the gray matter up top that really makes more difference overall .  Was able to work out better where I was dropping time in the course and start thinking a bit more about tactics, rather than just getting down

 

Overall, definitely stepped up race performance and started to make the class podium more regularly - still too variable, but glimmers of hope.

 

Somehow managed to sell 8 or 9 pairs of skis and still end up with more than I started with in the closet at the end of the season   (watch gear swap next fall for the next clear-out!)

 

Soooo..for next year

 

post #7 of 14

A little boot fitting work and foot beds in the old Nordicas to get one more season.  Looks like some of the buckles are about to give up so there may be new boots in the future.  Some powder baskets on the Scotts, that felt good.   A new pair of Mamuth snow pants for forgot mine at home one day, my favorite addition. 

 

10-11 will be a different story.

post #8 of 14

At the end of the season, I spent a couple of hours in Bud Heishman's shop to tweak my boots a bit.  Nothing major, because I originally got the boots at Claude Swonger in LA, and he did a great job in the first place.  The overall fit was very good and alignment was right on, but after about 60 days on snow the linings packed out a bit, and some pressure spots appeared.

 

Working with Bud was great.  Basically the whole process boiled down to me telling Bud where it hurt, and than discussing with him what might be better - making more room in the sore spot, or padding somewhere else to alleviate the pressure.  A grind here, and a punch there, and some padding thrown on top of it, and pretty soon the boots felt perfect.  I'm at the point where I can feel one turn of the micro adjustment on the two lower buckles, when they're at the right spot.

 

I only had a chance to ski one day after this, but the feeling was incredible.  Can't wait for the next season!

post #9 of 14

I skied Machete FBs about 60 days this year, a much stiffer ski than I've been skiing the past few years, and once I adjusted to them, I felt more in command than ever. They were the perfect do-everything skis for a season with a paucity of snow, and frequently adverse conditions.

 

My Intuitions were getting a bit loose, so I put flat insoles inside the liners under my Superfeet, and it nicely filled out the space made by about 225 days of skiing.

 

My gear changes were spot on, and I skied better than ever, too bad we didn't have more snow.

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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post

I skied Machete FBs about 60 days this year, a much stiffer ski than I've been skiing the past few years, and once I adjusted to them, I felt more in command than ever. They were the perfect do-everything skis for a season with a paucity of snow, and frequently adverse conditions.

 

My Intuitions were getting a bit loose, so I put flat insoles inside the liners under my Superfeet, and it nicely filled out the space made by about 225 days of skiing.

 

My gear changes were spot on, and I skied better than ever, too bad we didn't have more snow.

 

Considering you went from being a Chubb lover to having a close personal relationship with some Fat Bastards, I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere.  Glad to hear you were able to find some good turns in a lean year.  Did you ski any non-Volant boards?
 

post #11 of 14

Same old me, same old 67mm width skis underfoot. But we had so much snow in the mid-Atlantic last winter I had to tighten the DIN when buried tips kept causing early releases.

post #12 of 14

Tightened din, bought a helmet, bought 5cm longer poles and broke them later, and bought an old pair of rossignol bandit xXx 193's. My first day of skiing on some icy chunky rough slope i walked out of a ski, went to the parking lot and cranked em up never walked out again the whole year. The helmet definantly saved me a concussion or two attemping 360's. The poles were nice while they lasted, used them for steeps and deep days. lasted untill I tried to clear a 40ft gap missed rolled and stood up with just a handle in my hand. Went back to my shorter aluminum poles which work great for bumps. Now for the skis, theyre stiff as iron and quite the handfull but i feel they made me improve my skiing every time i rode them, at first they took me for a ride, now i ride them. They also work great on crud and work alright at high speed in powder.

post #13 of 14

this season I went wider with the skis,from Mantra`s to Head Jimi 110`s and went to whistler,I loved the ski every where other than groomers where the Mantras are better.But in the bowls of Whistler the Jimi`s where ace.Also bought a helmet Sweet Rooster,looks nice shinny carbon finnish but no venting resulting in wet lid,fit is great and for cold days would be fine.Powder skis are staying helmet is going.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

Considering you went from being a Chubb lover to having a close personal relationship with some Fat Bastards, I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere.  Glad to hear you were able to find some good turns in a lean year.  Did you ski any non-Volant boards?
 


Yes, I skied my 203 Salomon Force 9.1 for a day, and of course all of my skinning is on RD Helidogs.

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