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  1. #1 New touring Spruce Ospreys unpacked 
    Hardcore Skiboarder ysb33r's Avatar
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    Finally collected them from customs this morning. Jeff has done me a special backcountry rig based on the 2018 Ospreys with Ambition 10 bindings and brakes as well as the crampons and skins.




    The rig has the bindings mounted onto thin plates on top of the boards. These are held in place with threaded inserts installed from the bottom of the skis. Obviously the bindings are now in a fixed positions and cannot be moved, but it solves the problem with the bent risers that have been a problem on the previous design. At least these weight less than the other backcountry pair I have.






    Building this kind of rig is time-consuming for Jeff and is only built on special order. Therefore they come with a steep price tag as compared to other skiboard + binding combinations.


    Anyway will take them out for a quick try-out this week when the weather improves. (Yes, it is snowing as I'm writing this).
    '18 Spruce Crossbow 115 + Spruce Pro Prime risers (Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings) [goto]
    '18 Spruce Osprey 13- + Ambition bindings plate-mounted [touring]

    '15 Spruce Osprey 130 + Ambition bindings + backcountry riser [touring]
    '12 Rockered Condor 110 + Spruce Pro Sport risers

    '14 K2 Pinnacle Boots
    '10 Spruce 120 + Spruce Pro Jr risers
    '13 Eman Uprise 104 + Custom Riser & SP100 bindings
    '11 Allz Elaila 94

    Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Salomon RS80 boots


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    I took the new Ospreys out for a trial this morning. Did the same track up to the ski resort, switched over and rode it down again.

    It's hard to say whether the lower stack height makes much of a difference during ascent or descent.

    The Nordic Blue skins compliment the 2018 Ospreys quite well.

    '18 Spruce Crossbow 115 + Spruce Pro Prime risers (Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings) [goto]
    '18 Spruce Osprey 13- + Ambition bindings plate-mounted [touring]

    '15 Spruce Osprey 130 + Ambition bindings + backcountry riser [touring]
    '12 Rockered Condor 110 + Spruce Pro Sport risers

    '14 K2 Pinnacle Boots
    '10 Spruce 120 + Spruce Pro Jr risers
    '13 Eman Uprise 104 + Custom Riser & SP100 bindings
    '11 Allz Elaila 94

    Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Salomon RS80 boots


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    Nice set up ! My buddies Michael and Jeff have the same custom rig set up the metal plates on Sherpas and both have been very pleased with the set up .
    Boards :
    Blunt Xls -SBOL Modified GNU Rear Entry Snowboard Bindings
    Rockered Condors- SBOL Modified Sims Cipher Snowboard Bindings
    Rockered Condors - Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor Binding -
    Spliffs -Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor binding
    Spruce Osprey - Center Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Ambition AT binding
    Spruce Sherpa - Rear Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Fritschi AT binding

    Boots:
    Ride Insano Snowboard Boots
    Full Tilt Booters
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