The Åsnes Thread (News for 2018-2019!)

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Re: The Åsnes Thread (News for 2018-2019!)

Post by lilcliffy » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:14 pm

Hello Crister-

Could you give us some more information on your FT62 setup?

Why did you choose the 3-pin Traverse binding and how does it perform on that ski? Do you always use the heel cable? What do you think of the riser plate on a backcountry ski that narrow?

What boot(s) are you using with the FT62 and Traverse binding and why?

What type of snow and terrain are you skiing on with this setup?
Is your skiing mostly downhill focused with this ski, or are you also Nordic touring with it (i.e. XC skiing)?

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Re: The Åsnes Thread (News for 2018-2019!)

Post by lowangle al » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:05 pm

I can't speak for Crister but it may be because it is the only light weight 75mm binding with a cable still in production, that I know of. It tours great w/o the heel throws on and is surprisingly capable for the downhill. I used a 3p cable mounted on HW risers on vectors this year and they were more than enough binding even with T4s. The 3p cable set at the lightest setting possible, (just enough pressure to keep the heel levers from popping open) was more active than either 3p HWs or switchbacks set light like I like em.

The Travers is a great option for todays skis. The riser, in addition to dealing with boot out and possibly better leverage has a four whole pattern compared to the three hole of the 3p cable. My favorite binding now is a Riva II mounted on Voile risers which I compared to the 3p cable earlier this year. The 3p cable had better DH performance but the Riva had a smoother more XC feel without having to either put the cables on or take them off for maximum performance.

Hey Crister if you have an old pair of Rivas lying around mount them to the voile risers and see how you like them.

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Re: The Åsnes Thread (News for 2018-2019!)

Post by greatgt » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:42 am

What does the FT stand for?.....The 62 is possibly the ski that can ski the downs well but are a bit slower on the cruise?....Could these do the job at a ski area if one went there with them?....Ski in lots of areas with lots of touring.....Always going up to see what there is at the top....AND have a blast on the down mostly with Fischer skis....But being old and not as quick as I once was a bit of a bigger ski might help keep me finding new terrain to ski...Love skinnies but will entertain the idea of a serious downhill BC ski...Are the FT62's that ski....And my wife better not see this!!!! Teleman

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Post by fisheater » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:52 pm

Teleman, FT stands for Falketind, I think that translates to Falcon Peak. The FT 62 is fun on the downhill, with good control. As for skiing the groomed, the ski is a hoot as long as you are skiing on snow. Last winter we went cold to rain. The FT probably isn't the best on glacier base with tilled up snow cone on top. I figured crappy conditions just make the skiing a bit of a challenge. Well I could easily see the alpine skiers didn't have any issues skiing in those conditions, and I did enjoy the challenge of skiing snowcone on glacier conditions on light skis and leather boots. My solution was ski fast. A couple of ribs moved to a new location, and in a separate incident where I took a few stitches, has convinced me to ski heavier alpine skis in alpine conditions. I decent snow the FT 62 is a hoot at the ski hill.
I don't know if you ever skied on a S-bound 112. I find the FT 62 to be far superior both going downhill and traversing the trails. I suggest you talk to Lilcliffy before you buy. They are expensive and Gareth can compare the FT to other skis you would be familiar with. As for me, I am very happy with mine. I bought mine blind, nobody had them here yet. So, perhaps I enjoy mine because it was a big gamble that worked out well for me? I don't know for sure, but I am pleased,

How was sugar season this year?

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Re: The Åsnes Thread (News for 2018-2019!)

Post by greatgt » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:37 am

Sugaring was sweet.....!!....Bout 70 gallons and the place was full of Sugar Children!!!! I shudder to wonder what they are like when they get home....You know how good it is just off the rig....Where did you get the ft-62?....For real unless I got some seriously sharp edges and the Alpine area wash choking with powder probably won't hit ski areas when I can get wonder steep and deep and moderate and easy skiing out in nowhere.....But on an occasion of two it would be nice to run a wider ski in those steeps and trees....and ledges....and.....What size did you get?~...Don't want to short as I have given away those Boundless because they were to short at 179....Figure the 188?.....might be good....I have e99's @ 215-205-109's at 178- and 190....hoping they will give me a lift when skiing bottomless....Any information would be good....Thanks...Teleman

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