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    Check this out. Splitboard company Phantom is selling spring-loaded gizmos to replace the stock walk-mode lever on Atomic Backland boots (which are popular with the speedy-uphilling tech-toe splitboard crowd). The idea is that they help give riders a flex sensation -- for toe-side turns and heel-side turns -- similar to a regular snowboard boot & binding. The stock boot apparently does not give a great sensation, in ski mode nor in walk mode. These add 25g over the stock levers, and there are springs of varying stiffness available.

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    This is obviously of interest to telemark tech skiers. I've been monkeying around with several different ways to control my Scarpa F1 cuffs' flex via spring (rather than elastically-deformed plastic/carbon). It's cool to see others have gone down a similar road. If lightweight tele boots are still years away, might as well tweak what we've got for maximum performance. Something like this could go a long way toward fixing the F1's biggest issue as a tele boot, mismatched flex between bellows and cuff. And a spring-loaded carbon cuff could be the easiest/lightest way to get a boot that has great torsional rigidity and also that sweet forward flex we all crave.

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    Another slick thing about these levers is the threaded piece at the lower end. It allows you to precisely dial in your ski-mode forward lean to anywhere between 6 and 26 degrees. This again would be very useful to the ultralight tech toe tele skier. As dschane and others can attest, going to an F1-Race or F1-Carbon setup from a burlier one means having a much smaller "sweet spot" to hit balance-wise on every turn. It would be a LOT easier to hit it if the cuff were pitched forward the exact amount an individual skier likes, especially when different ramp angles and activity settings are part of the equation.