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Phat Phred

Phat Phredwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

Tape tore when the bead seated.
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Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After wrapping a layer of Orange Seal tape on a Stan's Crest 26" rim, i installed a tube in a 2015 racing Ralph TL-easy tire, mounted it and inflated with a floor pump till the bead seated at about 45 psi. I used a tube to firmly press the tape onto the rim. After a while I removed the tire and tube. I found that when the bead seated it tore the tape. The holes in the tape were only where the bead had popped into place. Stans tape is thicker than the Orange tape. No comment on the performance of the Orange sealant as I didn't go any further.

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Phat Phred

Phat Phredwrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

Very comfy--no bunching in crotch. Legs are long. Stirrups hold tights down. Nice pad. With toe covers I'm wearing booties less. The highlight is the double layer of material starting on the lower thigh, covering the the knee and some of the shin. It doesn't restrict motion and keeps my knees much warmer. MTB in near freezing temps comfortably. Road ride comfortably to low 40's high 30's. The medium fit me fine (32" waist, 34" inseam, 175#). They don't get clammy like windstopper does.

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Phat Phred

Phat Phredwrote a review of on September 25, 2008

4 5

There are threads about the binding position being forward on the Mantra (see TGR forums). Not sure if that's good or bad. I mounted mine on the factory mark. My 184 Mantras did feel short at first compared to my 183 Scott Missions (me: 6'2", 180lbs. Bindings Sal Z12 on both pair of skis). The 184 Mantras have a 22m radius and my 183 Scott Missions have a 15.5m radius and a more rear binding mount. So the Mantras initiate more easily but don't try to turn across the hill like my Scotts do. So they're more mild mannered in the turn, but running flat on firm the Mantras swim (that's w/ the factory tune).

The Mantras also pound through crud better than the Scotts which got deflected more so I feel more confident on the Mantras and will let them run more. -1 star for the swimming--my Scotts don't do that.

Both skis ride the hardpack well, maybe less chatter from the Mantra. The Mantra is lighter than the Mission (actually made by Fischer).

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