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Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:20 pm
by fisheater
There are Alaska 75 on sale now in my size, with delivery for < $100! I think the only ski I would use these boots with would be my FT 62. However I really like my Alaska BC, have no intention of remounting the FT 62 with NNN-BC. I really like my Ski March, but think I can handle them with a lighter boot, such as powder snow. I think they would be light for my Tindan, and although I am remounting my S-112 3-pin cable, I really can’t see myself actually skiing the S-112.
I should probably pull the trigger quick. I appreciate thoughts. I might add, for less than $100, do I care if they break at the pin line? I think Johnny would say I need to work on technique, however I am pretty much on top of my skis. So I guess I would just find out I’m not as on top as I think I am.

Please don’t think I’m putting words in Johnny’s mouth. It just my interpretation of his words. Johnny has nothing in any words similar to my interpretation.

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm
by Woodserson
I think the boot is pretty rugged. The pin line thing is from people telemark turning on tippy-toe and not keeping the Ball-of-Foot engaged. The only thing is that the duckbill can be a little thin for Voile bindings (fine for Rottefella Super Tele). I mostly solved this by adding the anti-ice sticker to the Voile binding and it's good enough for me, which is saying a lot because I'm all details and technicalities.

The Alaska 75 flexes smoother than the BC. The BC has a hard stop to it, where you flex the BOF and the boot just stops at a certain point. The 75 flexes deeper and allows the skier to go more forward with the BOF still on the ski. It's a cool feeling, cool enough that I remounted my Ingstads with 75mm for this reason. I really enjoy skiing the Alaska 75 on both my 188cm FT62 and 180cm Rabb68. I 100% would not ski the Tindan with it.

The fit is the same between the 75 and BC. If you want a slightly softer BC, go for it. Otherwise, don't.

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:01 pm
by joeatomictoad
Woodserson wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm
The only thing is that the duckbill can be a little thin for Voile bindings (fine for Rottefella Super Tele).
I guess NN-Nordic Norm only normalized the pins, not the sole thickness.

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:26 pm
by bgregoire
joeatomictoad wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:01 pm
I guess NN-Nordic Norm only normalized the pins, not the sole thickness.
Right you are and its a great thing its that way.

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:53 am
by greatgt
For a hundred bucks any leather boot is worth it.....mostly.....Could see snow Fish, soon.....Got all the wood split and ready just need some tin on top and.......SKI......TM

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:20 am
by fgd135
joeatomictoad wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:01 pm
Woodserson wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm
The only thing is that the duckbill can be a little thin for Voile bindings (fine for Rottefella Super Tele).
I guess NN-Nordic Norm only normalized the pins, not the sole thickness.
Not exactly true, the two standards for 75mm sole thickness are 8-12mm and 12-20mm. Older traditional 75mm bindings, (and the old 71 and 79mm) with small frames, wire bails, or very thin flat steel bails, were designed to accomodate only thin touring boot soles, think "Alfa low cut". Relatively newer designs, (ha! like mid-late 1980's!) such as the Rottefella Super Telemark, can generally work with both boot sole thicknesses. Voiles are only intended to fit the thicker Norwegian welted, stitched soles of leather telemark boots, and plastic tele boots. That Alpina Alaska with the tapered, injection-molded soles is right on the line between the two.

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:42 pm
by fisheater
For under $100, I went for it. My local county park that has some hills that would be fun to make laps on a powder day! The FT loves light powder day turns. I could make more laps with the Alaska than the Ski March. I could see me easily doing 10-15 miles of looping trails and downhills.

Good luck with the snow Teleman! I’m still hoping to get out on Lake Huron some more. I just need gentle winds, not the Gales of November!

This was me out on Lake Huron 2 weeks past.
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Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:40 pm
by Woodserson
You have chosen wisely.

Tell me more about your kayak rig in that stellar picture. Any close ups?

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:54 pm
by fisheater
Woods I fish out of a Wenonah Solo Plus touring canoe. The photo was taken by my friend Jason. I think Jason likes making videos and photography as much or more than fishing.

His YouTube site is Salmax Kayak. His latest video is his 15-16 year old son catching a king salmon in Lake Michigan.

Most of the guys I fish with peddle Hobie Pro Angler Kayaks. I am the only guy paddling a canoe. I do have plans to make a decked strip canoe to counter the winds effects on the Great Lakes. The day in the photo was magic for paddling a canoe. There were winds less than 10 mph, and settling swells from the previous day. The canoe slid and rolled through the water. My comparison to the Hobie on that day, would be 8” of cold powder, my canoe is an FT and leathers, the Hobie is Alpine fat skis.

Enjoy the Autumn!
BTW I’m ordering Goodman’s new book. I plan on doing some more serious touring (with turns in Michigan) I plan on being your way next year!

Re: Talk me Down... or Not!

Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:56 am
by Roelant
That's a nice fish! Looks much nicer and tastier than the typical sea fish I catch. Good job.