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  • GOB: Hi Lou - I've heard some conflicting reports of the backland compatibility ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Good to know, especially for folks with high volume feet! Lou...
  • Carl: I tried these on recently and found them much higher volume than either the...
  • Lou Dawson 2: If the skis are primarily for touring without much aggressive high speed ri...
  • John: older versions...
  • John: Does it still have a wide last, compared to Maestrales? Lower volume?...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Fit is everything, whatever it takes... glad to hear you landed in somethin...
  • Dillon Downs: I'm 5'11" 170 and trying to figure out which Tour1's to go with. I have a p...
  • Travis: I was super excited about these, but when I tried them on they felt huge in...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi GOB, I don't have an LT here at the moment but I did measure for blog po...
  • Oscar: @Paul I don't know where you are going in Japan (or if you live there and n...
  • GOB: Hi Lou - Are you sure the Ion LT's have the same large ramp as the regula...
  • VT skier: Henry, Lou You are right, it was Gear X in Burlington, Vermont. They have ...
  • John S: I have a pair of the Waybacks from when they added a rocker and carbon stri...
  • Robert V Coppolillo: Mammut Dave has spoken!...
  • Mammut Dave: Hi everyone, Of course we keep an eye on and look at all of the various te...
  • Douglas: Cool, thanks for the info you guys....
  • Henry: @ Lou and VT, I know Outdoor Gear Exchange (gearx.com) in Burlington tes...
  • Werner: HI Lou, thanks for reminding me to log in using your promotion code! Nice t...
  • See: There may be more consistent release at lower settings with the softer toe ...
  • Sean: I went to the ski atlas release party, and pre ordered the book. To be hone...
  • Lou Dawson 2: VT, what shop? Sounds like they deserve a mention. Lou...
  • VT skier: Lou , I just had a set of ION 12 LTs mounted on DPS skis, and the shop DI...
  • Cody: Mark I just experimented last night with using a diamond stone that you'...
  • Paul J Lohnes: Thanks Lou, I think i get it. So it sounds like the Kingpin and Radical are...
  • Lou Dawson 2: VT, I suspect this is born out in their machine release testing, they proba...
  • Mark W: I am very interested in sharpening the bits, as some of them dull REALLY qu...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Paul, with "classic" tech bindings, once the heel is free due to upward (fo...
  • Paul J Lohnes: Lou, I have a dumb question..What i don't understand is why the forward rel...
  • VT skier: Re Lous example of the ION 10 and 12; Original Skialper text, "“…though w...

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