Update: Finished mounting the Goode skis today. Basically a PITA, hopefully worth it. Tough to get the screws the exact length without a ski shop screw selection. Also sensitive to screw stripping, as if there really isn’t a binding mount plate (especially in the rear mount area).I used enough epoxy to float the Titanic, so hopefully everything will hold together.
Reminded me of the old days mounting Hexel honey comb core skis. I went out and bought a few veterinary syringes with fat needles. You load the epoxy in one of those and inject the holes — much better than trying to squeegee the goo in with a chunk of cardboard. Forgot one key item, however, 5 minute epoxy hardens too quick and you go through a lot of syringes. I’ll use one-hour next time.
|The feather skis be mounted. With bindings, one ski: 52 ounces, 1472 grams. That’s one of Lisa’s new Scarpa Star Lite boots. Should we grind some sole material off or not? Lightweight addiction.|
New planks in the family: A pair of Goode Carbon 95 skis (AKA BC 95), by far the lightest skis of their width available on the planet. To do justice, last evening I stripped down a set of Dynafit Vertical bindings by removing the crampon mount and the long plastic tab on the heel unit that supports the brake (we won’t be using Dynafit crampons or brakes with this setup.)
The skis came with a plastic spacer on the binding mount area to prevent longer binding screws from damaging the ski. We removed these (2.7 ounces each) but doing so left an unsightly band of adhesive on the ski that takes time to strip, so that’s why you see it in the photo.
What’s wild about these boards is they weigh in at 38.1 ounces per 162 cm ski, that’s a full 10 ounces lighter per ski than the 162 cm Miras that Lisa has been skiing on. An amazing weight reduction — and they’re even quite a bit fatter! Wider skins will mitigate the weight savings by a few ounces, but it is still significant.
Will they ski? Full report soon.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.