Dostie

Author's details

Name: C Dostie
Date registered: 24Apr2010
URL: http://www.earnyourturns.com

Biography

J.O.A.T.M.O.N.

Latest posts

  1. 2-pin Tele Springs: Size Matters — 23Apr2018
  2. DIY 2-pin tele: Fixing the Cable position — 25Mar2018
  3. DIY 2-pin Tele: Use the Force (Luke)! — 24Mar2018
  4. Technique: Skins On with Skis On — 5Mar2018
  5. Picking a 2-pin tech toe for telemarking — 15Feb2018

Most commented posts

  1. First Look: Rottefella’s NTN Freedom — 40 comments
  2. Telemarking: Neither Dead Nor Stupid — 38 comments
  3. Review: Telemark Tech System (ver. 2.0) — 32 comments
  4. Telemark Binding Selection Chart — 28 comments
  5. Review: G3′s Enzo — 27 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 23 2018

2-pin Tele Springs: Size Matters

Determining the limit of heel lift by drawing the intersection of two circles; the radius of the heel throw about the toe pins, and the radius of the stretched cable where the spring is limiting out.

While the effect of cable pivot location tends to dominate the sensation of a tele tech binding, the next strongest binding component of the tele sensation comes from the springs used. To some extent you can trade one for the other; meaning a stiff spring and a forward pivot are somewhat equal to a soft …

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Mar 25 2018

DIY 2-pin tele: Fixing the Cable position

Mixing up a bit.  2-pins by Dynafit, cable block by Fritschi, BD cable assembly, G3 heel post.

Now we get to the crux of building your own DIY 2-pin tele binding — the cable system. Being satisfied with the downhill performance of a tele tech binding is determined by: Position of the cable pivot (distance behind 2-pin line) Connection to the boot (real heel or 2nd heel) Springs used (stiffness and travel …

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Mar 24 2018

DIY 2-pin Tele: Use the Force (Luke)!

Comparing cable positions and angles for Voile's Switchback (red) and 22 Designs' Axl (blue).

Before venturing any further in chronicling tele-tech bindings, it is important to understand the forces at play in a telemark turn. For the average telemarker, this article fits in the too much information category but for do-it-yourselfers, this should prove helpful in determining the critical sweet spot of the cable pivot position. Activity The key …

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Mar 05 2018

Technique: Skins On with Skis On

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Putting skins on with skis on (free pivot binding advised) Shaggy said come over early and we’ll go on a tour the day before. A foot fell on an older foot so we hit the road early. Perfect. Getting to the “gate” involved two-stroke smoke. Saw my first snow-bikes in action. Those guys are destined …

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Feb 15 2018

Picking a 2-pin tech toe for telemarking

OMG's telemark tech toe.

When selecting a tech-toe for a tele tech binding keep in mind that they were not designed for the stresses of telemarking, they were designed for use in a locked-heel alpine system. In an AT binding the pins only provide side-to-side clamping power, there is no forward pressure. With tele there is also forward pressure …

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Feb 12 2018

Skeats — Strap-on ski crampons

Skeats™ - strap-on ski crampons.

Skeats™ are small crampons that connect to the bottom of your skis, over and in addition to a pair of climbing skins. They’re attached via a bungee strap around your skis, with the cone shaped teeth pointing down and puncturing the surface of hard snow. The video I saw on Facebook was undeniable proof they …

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Feb 11 2018

A partisan view of Red Fox Outdoor Equipment

The author striding up Helbronner between Chamonix and Courmayeur wearing a Red Fox Eiger softshell jacket.

For those who are not aware, one of my sources of income these days is writing copy and manipulating words in the Googoo-sphere for Red Fox NA. I’m about to start publishing reviews of their gear, but it won’t be by me, that would compromise my integrity as a writer. Not helping grow awareness compromises …

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