fly2mikegr985057

fly2mikegr985057

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fly2mikegr985057 wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

4 5

OK, I got started on this project the evening before I was going to go on a tour, and it did not go too well. I started trying to remove the glue from a 4 year old pair of BD Ascension skins that were really wasted with lots of debris, including hundreds of Lady bugs that got stuck on there. First I nailed the skins down on a scrap piece of OSB with the hair side up, and scrubbed them like crazy with simple green, rinsed well, and hung up to dry while I went for a bike ride. Next step was to nail them down to the OSB with the glue side up, and start with the brown paper bag system of glue removal....6 bags later, and the glue was starting to look real clean, so I tried to stick one on my ski, and it worked like new! So I just repeated the process to the other skin, and they work awesome!!! I never tried to put the new glue on the skins, I just revived the existing glue. I will save the glue sheets until next time and try to install them then.
By the way, the trick to removing the glue seems to be to work slowly by heating the paper with the iron, and slowly start lifting the bag an inch or two at a time, while moving the iron slowly ahead on the paper that is being lifted, rather than heating a larger area, then trying to lift it off. The paper will just stick to the skin glue. The iron needs to be very hot to work at all. You will need about 25 brown paper bags to do a pair of skins and a lot of patience! I just cut the bottoms out of the bags, and cut them down the middle into two sheets, which is enough to cover one skin. The glue only comes off in very little amounts at each heating. The good news is that you might be able to just revive your glue the way I did, without paying for the renew sheets.

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fly2mikegr985057 wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

4 5

I decided I needed a lighter pack than what I was using for day ski tours, so I bought this here on BC.com. I like the pack very much, with a couple of cautions.
The top pocket could use a little more room, and it needs to be adjustable to extend, so that when it is full, it doesn't pull down so tight.This might be something that I can alter on the sewing machine?
Also, be aware that this pack does have it's weight limits in terms of comfortable load carrying. It is light after all, so don't expect to load it down with 20+ pounds of gear, and be all day comfortable. You really need a pack with a better suspension system to carry much weight.
The hip belt design is a little strange, but once I get used to it, I think it will be ok. Having said all that, I think it is a good pack for light, easy days when I don't need to carry over 13 pounds or so. The pack seems very well made, of high quality materials.

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fly2mikegr985057 wrote a review of on May 30, 2008

5 5

I bought these boots here about a month ago for a fantastic price, including free shipping.Great service, fast shipping.
I fit the boots myself, using instructions for heat molding I got from the internet. The fit is perfect for me. I normally wear a US size 8. I bought the smallest size available (26)even though I would have probably bought a 25, the 26 fits me perfect, with room for my toes. These are the best ski boots I have owned.(I skied ten years + on Raichle Flexon comps) Very comfortable, I can ski in them all day without even realizing they are on my feet. (Including hiking for an hour to reach a back bowl). These are pretty stiff, but with a very nice, even flex. Great boots for larger skis like the Volkl Mantra I ski on. These are my resort/BC boots with the Mantra's and Marker Dukes. I have lighter skis and boots for longer tours. I installed the Lug soles right away. That is the only minor issue I have with these boots. The screws are not quite adequate for the job. I inadvertently put the short screws in the wrong holes (not rrealizing there are different lengths) and stripped a couple of the holes in the plastic shell. I ended up using Marine Goop to glue the soles and screws to the boots, which seems to work fine. Not too sure what will happen when I need to replace them. I had contacted Scarpa to ask if there should have been included an owners manual with the boots,and ask if there was any specific instructions for installing the soles but they weren't too helpful. All in all, very good boots and I highly recommend the boots and this site.

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