Gear review: Smile Plates

Holes in 3-pin 75mm Nordic boots can get beat up. Here’s a fairly simple and inexpensive fix and/or preventive measure.

Nordic 75mm 3 pin boots are still the standard for backcountry Nordic touring.

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There are other boots that may be lighter, faster, warmer,etc. but these old war-horses still provide an amazing combo of weight, versatility, simplicity and ruggedness. They work.

Over time, however, three-pin boots can get beat up. The holes in the duck-bill for locking in the boots to the bindings can get warped. And if you tend to beat on your gear even a little bit (guilty as charged), eventually the boots do not stay in place as easily.

A simple fix, and a good preventative measure in the first place, is the simple addition of Smile Plates

For only $20,and  a small amount of elbow-grease, this simple item rehabs boots quite easily.

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Bluebird Day Smile Plates. From ORS Cross Country Skis Direct.

I wish I knew about these plates in the first place as I would have put them on my boots when I first bought them!

Made for a quick and easy project just prior to ski season.

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Instructions for Bluebird Day Smile Plates. From ORS Cross Country Skis Direct.

Initial impressions have been good so far.

The boot locks in place with a wonderful sound -SNAP-.

So, if you are still a pin-head and use 75mm Nordic boots for touring, invest $20 and hour of your time. Simple. Effective. Inexpensive.

Bluebird Smile Plates may be bought from ORS Cross Country Skis Direct

Note: I purchased this item with my own funds

 

 

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