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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:12 pm 
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lernr:

No, I did not do any mods to the backs of the Scarpas. At the time, I liked the support, though may do some measurements and start experimenting. I kind of like having the high back (as opposed to a highback) back there, even if I am not entirely depending on it for support.

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:30 pm 
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if you call Scarpa, they will send you (fast!) replacements for $5 a piece.


Glad to hear it.

They're f-ing useless in this country - they wont even answer phone or email!

Had to chop some old garmont tele boots for spare parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:56 pm 
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Well I rode the boots today, with MTN plates

Skinning up was all I expected it to be with my old Onyx tech toe pieces. (Dynafits needed more work and didn't have time.)

Riding down - hm, definitely enough forward flex for the moderate terrain. However, loose cuff + walk mode felt weird. Even more interestingly, heelside turns were more 'normal' than toeside. Somehow toeside was more sketchy. When I tried locked in ski mode, it still felt weird. I think I'll change my angles, and play more with canting to see how this goes.

Snow was heavy and wet for most of my test, so this may have something to do with the weirdness, plus I haven't ridden since July. More to come :)

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:26 am 
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Cool man, popped the cherrry :)

Keep tuning and adjusting little by little. Keep us posted!

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:27 pm 
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Location: powder central, bc, canuckistan
toe side sketchy??
maybe try replacing the upper buckle on the lower boot, imo thats the one that counts, keeps your heel in the pocket.
i'd lose the buckles on the cuff... or one of em, loosen the other, and lock into ski mode. thats just me tho.

also, hard sayin from your photo but it kinda looks like your front foot is set pretty forward over your toe edge? could be making it easier to initiate toe side, harder for heel side... the mounting of your back foot looks more centred.
post a shot of your deck flat, strait on?

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:35 am 
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Hi Karkis,

Thanks for the advice!

Front boot was actually set up heel-heavy, I know how the binding looks on the board but in reality I had more heel overhang and less / almost no toe overhang. I think this was the reason I felt weird initiating toe-side turns.

As for the buckles - I only have 2 left: one for the heel retention and one for the top. Here's a pic

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I will try the relaxed top and ski mode you suggested. I also reduced my stance width and set up some inward canting on the boots. Hope to ride again this weekend and will check in afterwords

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 Post subject: Re: Scarpa Spirit 4
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:02 am 
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Update:

I have one more bc and couple of resort days now with many runs :)

Ski mode with relaxed top strap, basically using only the heel retention system lower strap seems to be a winner - thanks for the advice, karkis!

Micro-adjustments in variable terrain are still *weird* but I love the corduroy with these boots lol. Never thought I'd be looking for corduroy on the runs with a board... Airs, especially landings, are very different from soft boots but I can ollie + nollie alright.

I got many comments from lifties, skiers and boarders, it was fun to chat with them

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