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crgildart

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Lange skis here too? Wasn't/Isn't it R.D. Lange? Can't remember why I thought Research Dynamics was a part of Lange. Just remember thinking it was..
 
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In for some Bad Dogs and Bad Bitches
 

Bruuuce

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200cm RD Coyotes were the ski of choice at our shop back in 86/87. Learned to ski the CBMR bowls on those. Wish I had a pair just for old times sake.
 

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@Bruuuce , you are welcome to relive your youth with my RD Bad Dogs and Raichle Flexons. Obermeyer 'Absolut Vodka' one piece, optional.

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Seriously.

If you want to take them out, I'd be happy to set you up. BSL is about 315, IIRC. Boots are 27ish? I wear a 26 and they are a skoch too big. That doesn't stop me from skiing them on occasion.
 

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@Bruuuce , you are welcome to relive your youth with my RD Bad Dogs and Raichle Flexons. Obermeyer 'Absolut Vodka' one piece, optional.

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Seriously.

If you want to take them out, I'd be happy to set you up. BSL is about 315, IIRC. Boots are 27ish? I wear a 26 and they are a skoch too big. That doesn't stop me from skiing them on occasion.
I might have to take you up on this sometime to get my RD fix. My feet are about the same size as yours so it would definitely work for a retro day. Now I just need to find a neon North Face.
 

skipress

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Way back when I did some work with RD skis and bikes here in the UK, also with Mark Archer's ARC1, which as I recall flowed from RD until Atomic got mightily grumpy about ARC and their ARC skis. I recall a RD ski with, what was at the time a pretty eccentric sidecut, a sort of Atomic HV3 slalom tail but rather wider.

Tim K was also working with Swan goggles, I think importing into the USA and also directing them to international 'partners.

Drove from a meeting in Boulder to the offices in Sun Valley. I'd not quite mastered American driving distances and wondered why some people looked baffled when i mentioned it was only about a thumb wide on the map. Great drive as the rental company upgraded me and recall driving rather too quickly through Wyoming with 'Biko' on the 'cassette' player on repeat.
 

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Rather than continue thread drift, I copied this from the Crosson skis thread-

RD really did start as a 'garage brand' - they were made in a garage, then a workshop in Ketchum and they really were one of a kind, hand built stuff. This article gives the early days and name checks Ken Crosson referenced above:


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I was involved after the garage days, when Tim Kohl came into the company changed it into a 'brand' . Mike was there as a sort of figurehead, albeit an influential one. RD really became, as with Pre a sort of branding exercise [of the sort that lots of smaller brands are today - go to a factory Y with a graphic and order 10 000 of model X by length]. I have a feeling they were mainly Atomic but stand to be corrected on that.

Tim also developed a relationship with Swan and they sold their goggles and Poles in the USA. Mark Archer was involved on the bike side - this a long time ago but I think they started as RD bikes with Archer then starting up ARC 1 [one?] bikes much to the annoyance of atomic.

Someone will know better than I, but I seem to remember Tim previously being involved with Scott [or perhaps Pre] and leaving. RD [with Tim, who I remember as a fun guy] etc struck me as an effort to create a sort of Scott version 2.

My girlfriend at the time worked at Bahnhof Sports in Park City where they had the All Mountain and Powder Skis. I lusted over the all mountain ski. Something about the shape flex and lightness was appealing as I was skiing a lot of backcountry at the time. This was in the days of skinny tele skis and I couldn't quite comprehend going as wide as the Powder ski. But the price was high and I waffled. An employee snaked the All Mountains and a Patroller ended up with the Powder ski. Both were happy. I eventually bought a pair of RD SLS that were made in Yugoslavia. Elan, I'm sure. They had a similar shape and a very light balsa like core and were fun powder skis. The later RDs were much more serious metal skis and I'd agree that they were likely built by Atomic.
 

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Anybody know anything about these? Tails say "SPECIAL" In similar graphics.
These look similar to the All Mountain or the Powder ski as I remember them. There is something about the tip shape and curve that was unique for the era.
 

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