Fitting hard shell ski boots – measure heel to heel for volume not just length

It wasn’t until I read this article in Fall 2015 that I found out why I had so much trouble hard shell ski boots that fit my feet –  http://blistergearreview.com/gear-101/boot-fitting-101 and http://blistergearreview.com/gear-101/boot-fitting-101/boot-fitting-201

One needs to measure their feet for both length and volume

  • Mondo size is the heel to toe length in cm.
  • Then you measure with a tape heel to heel in a U to determine the volume.

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Husqvarna 536li, T536i, Pro quality cordless chainsaws

http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/professional-chainsaws/536li-xp/

http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/professional-chainsaws/t536li-xp/

The 536Li XP is a great saw, when one is careful to use it for the correct application – speed saw so one can’t leverage it/power it into a cut; works best cutting stuff up to about 1/2 the diameter of the bar; instant start so great for Continue reading

Skin base skis are great for late season skiing – icy hard crust; soft wet fresh snow

Just a quick note to folks about what type of ski works well for late season skiing: icy crust, hard crust that you can’t break through, several inches of snow that would make great snow cones and clumps like crazy on most skis.

My out the door skis for the last two seasons have been the Hok from Altai Skis, Altaiskis.com.
They are a metal edge short fat board bushwacking ski with mohair in the kick zone.
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NIS plate is important for Nanogrip, Skintec, high tech waxless – tune the grip by adjusting the balance point

How to use your NIS plate – Madshus video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ybDz65KjWU
Choosing the Right Race Skis – Part 3: Get the Most Out of Your Equipment  http://news.madshus.com/2012/12/19/choosing-the-right-race-skis-part-3-get-the-most-out-of-your-equipment/
This page has graphics near the bottom showing EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT BINDING POSITIONS
With a high tech waxless ski like the Peltonen Nanogrip it is critical to use a NIS plate since it allows one to tune the grip by adjusting the balance point. I found that at -20C, -15C last winter moving the NIS plate forward one notch solved the Nanogrip issue that some folks complain about at cold temperatures.

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Hok is my out the door skis, I can ski even on only a few inches of snow

The Hok is my out the door ski. Even when there are only a few inches of snow I can still ski. The base and mohair are tough so rocks, roots, when the snow is shallow aren’t an issue.
The mohair gives excellent grip and tracking even on shallow snow or icy crust, but it also glides well. Unlike the LL Bean Boreal skis which need at least 7cm/6in of track depth and the Boreal is a fish scale no-wax so grip can be an issue.
The mohair also gives a bit of drag on the downhills so speed is much more controlled during bushwack/off-track descents.
For 0 C skiing one may need to use a SwixNordic Zero spray – anti icing spray.
Nils Larsen, Francois Sylvain, helped designed the original TRAK Bushwacker skis so they have experience designing bushwacking, out the door, skis.
I have both the Hok 125 cm with Universal/Xtrace Binding, and 145 cm with a Solomon XADV, SNS BC, binding. I am getting a 2nd 145 cm and adding a 75mm binding.
The Xtrace Binding works with up to a boot length of US 12/13 or size 43 75mm duckbill. Changing the binding is easy since the Hok have inserts matching extended 75mm spacing. On altaiskis.com is a mounting plate for System bindings – NNN BC, SNS XADV. The Boreal’s Universal binding has a standard 75mm spacing.
With the Xtrace binding one needs a really stiff soled boot, torsional rigidity, to have good downhill control. With a 75mm duckbill binding and a good pair of boots one can Tele with the Hok. With a System binding, great extension for kick and glide but not much downhill control – toe box isn’t anchored, just a pivot rod in front of the toe.
Altai Skis Hok