Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by Woodserson » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:21 am

You'll figure out how to maximize the wax, this is just technique learned through repetition. Pay attention to the snow type and temperature, feel it in your fingers, smell it, get down with it, and as time progresses you'll remember what to do for next time. As an example: Recently I was on snow that fell fine and dry but was warming up-- so I applied Toko Red underfoot to the XSkin attachment, and corked it in hard. Then a second layer underfoot to the XSkin and corked it in a little less. Then, underfoot in the highest camber area I put some Toko Yellow (warm) and barely corked it. Kind of filling the wax pocket area. Layering like this to varying depths in different areas can give you the results you want. It all takes just a few minutes. If it's too slow, scrap some off with your scraper and cork harder and readjust. This happened as night fell with me and the temps dropped. Ski got draggy, I peeled off some yellow, buffed, and we were good to go. You'll get it. There is some art and feeeeeeel to it. Dig?

As far as the creaking, yes, sometimes they creak. I don't know if my creaking is the plastic underfoot though, I think it comes from more the toe, but I wouldn't remove the bindings for this. If you are convinced it's underneath and want to remove something, only remove the heel piece. Everytime you take them off and put them on you'll get less attachment strength if using the same holes. Back the screw in gently to get back into the original threads, you'll feel it clunk. (You won't feel this in the two main screws in the toe piece because they screw through the plastic of the binding)

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by Cannatonic » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:28 pm

another approach would be to reach for your fischscale skis every time you're tempted to use red wax. :lol:

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by Leo Tasker » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:30 pm

Cannatonic wrote:another approach would be to reach for your fischscale skis every time you're tempted to use red wax. :lol:
I will probably reach for my fatbike instead! :lol: On that note, Oslo is forecast for +9 deg C tomorrow :cry: Won't do the trails much good...

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by bgregoire » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:20 pm

Leo Tasker wrote:
Cannatonic wrote:another approach would be to reach for your fischscale skis every time you're tempted to use red wax. :lol:
I will probably reach for my fatbike instead! :lol: On that note, Oslo is forecast for +9 deg C tomorrow :cry: Won't do the trails much good...
Leo, take a train if you can, you are only a coupe of hours from paradise. I crossed Rondane several years back, its a beautiful place among many others at your doorstep!
I live for the Telemark arc....The feeeeeeel.....I ski miles to get to a place where there is guaranteed snow to do the deal....TM

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by fisheater » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:18 pm

Leo Tasker wrote:
Cannatonic wrote:another approach would be to reach for your fischscale skis every time you're tempted to use red wax. :lol:
I will probably reach for my fatbike instead! :lol: On that note, Oslo is forecast for +9 deg C tomorrow :cry: Won't do the trails much good...
So it isn't just Michigan? I had 10 cm Monday on top of an icy base. Now I have an icy base on top of an icy base. I guess things are improving ;)

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by Leo Tasker » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:04 am

bgregoire wrote:
Leo, take a train if you can, you are only a coupe of hours from paradise. I crossed Rondane several years back, its a beautiful place among many others at your doorstep!
I've got a buddy driving over to Rjukan at the south side of the Hardangervidda plateau next weekend so will probably get a lift for an overnight ski/camp there. Then a few days later going on a week long trip to Lillehammer, where we'll do some hut to hut touring and the forecast says -5 to -10 deg C and sunny. Can't wait!

Makes me feel better about sitting out the klister conditions this weekend :D

Hope you all have better weather!

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Re: Ski Review: 2018-2019 Åsnes Gamme 54 BC

Post by lilcliffy » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:41 am

Calling Smitty!
Did you get your Gammes yet?
What do you think of them?

Going to take in some less steep terrain on my Gamme 54 today!

Rain-snow mix in the forecast this week...
The endless cold soft hero snow may be coming to end here in the hills!
Going to try and take a day or two off over the next week or so and get up into the higher elevations in Northwestern NB.
Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.

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