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by borchjd
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

Neat. Thank you for that bit of history. Lake skiing is great! Honestly...if anyone wanted to try the Mille Lacs trip and experience a tiny bit of what a polar explorer might go through, it's only 1.5 hours north of the Minneapolis airport and a 2 day trek once you're on the lake (if conditions are ...
by borchjd
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: TeleTurnAround
Topic: Voile Switchback Size Large (like new) Trade/Sell
Replies: 0
Views: 1831

Voile Switchback Size Large (like new) Trade/Sell

Hi All, I'll post pictures later - but, I have a like new pair of Voile Switchback bindings with the size large cables + a pair of 90mm (or 80mm, can't quite remember) BD kicker skins I'll throw in as well. Both have seen only 2 miles of touring use. I tried to use them with my mountaineering boots ...
by borchjd
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

I have the Epoke 900s and the 1000s and definitely agree, the 1000s are great. Mine, however, have lost some flex - or at least maybe they don't seem to have as stiff of a camber as a more modern ski of that size and shape. Nevertheless, it is fantastically stable, even with my big size 14 feet. I g...
by borchjd
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

I should add that those baffins (even the upgraded model) are not work the $400-$500 they're sometimes listed as. I don't think I'd spend more than $250 as the gaiter zipper is only so-so compared to my integrated mountaineering boots whose gaiters are far, far superior for almost the same price. If...
by borchjd
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

I actually bought them from shoes.com at the time. They offered a 30% teacher discount so I got them for $150 or so. I was reading some polar exploration books (Ice Balloon) and skimmed some modern polar expeditions and came across those Baffins. They're really, really warm, and ski very well on fla...
by borchjd
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

Thanks! Was fishing for Tulibee and Walleye - unfortunately all that were in the geographic center were tulibee - still fun though! The boots are the baffin guide pro -my bad. Here is a link to Walmart of all places that still caries them at the moment. I could do an entire review on these boots - o...
by borchjd
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Re: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

Some more photos. The lights in the background are ice shacks, not cabins/land. There are thousands of ice shacks dotted across this lake, which made navigation easy near the perimeter.
by borchjd
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Trip Report Archive
Topic: Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 8549

Crossing Lake Mille Lacs, MN Feb 2021

In February I crossed Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota from Garrison public boat landing to Liberty Beach. This is one of the largest lakes in MN, and the conditions were superb. We had a week of below zero weather followed by a dusting of 1-2inches of light snow. The temps during the trek ranged from a...
by borchjd
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Telemark Talk Forum
Topic: Voile Switchback w/ Alico Ski March?
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: Voile Switchback w/ Alico Ski March?

Thanks for the feedback! I think a 3-pin cable binding is the best way to go here then. My SBs will be on the telemark sale forum once I pop them off my old skis.

Appreciate all the feedback,
Josh
by borchjd
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Telemark Talk Forum
Topic: Voile Switchback w/ Alico Ski March?
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Voile Switchback w/ Alico Ski March?

Any reason my Voile Switchbacks wont work with my Alico Ski March? I get that's an oversized binding for a leather boot - just wondering if the tension on the boot would destroy it sooner? FWIW: I bought the switchbacks to mount to my mountaineering boots (which was the worst of both worlds, but it ...