Jonathan S

Jonathan S
Height:5' 8"
Weight:145 lbs
Shoe Size:US 9.00
Skier Type:Type III+ - Expert
Ski Frequency:100+ days / year
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My Skiing

I grew up skiing at a small local NY hill (where Max Taam also first skied!) and eventually was an NCAA alpine race coach for (too) many years, although my SL & GS skis now get almost no use, and I even sold my SG & DH skis.
Since 1999, I've become increasingly into self-propelled skiing, and for the last half decade I've been averaged over half a million vertical feet for earned turns each season.
Given the fickle NE natural snowpack for backcountry powder, I often train at local ski areas and organize a multiple-venue skimo race series.
But my favorite time of year is when the wx and avy danger clears up for long 10k+ multiple-ravine tours in our Presidentials range, plus of course late spring and summer PNW volcano trips.
The best ski tours though are out our back door for xc w/ my wife & our daughter!

My Gear

Too much gear perhaps?
In (relatively) quick summary though, an evolving mix of all the kinds of gear that carries, with an emphasis on bindings with low heel>toe delta for more aggressive fore-aft balance, and almost exclusively race boots (previously Scarpa Alien 1.0 and Dynafit EVO, but now mainly RC1).
Ski line-up for 2016-17 (all with Plum and Dynafit race bindings, including some "mixed" setups):
La Sportiva Nano 172cm (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168cm (winter powder & resort sidecountry)
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170cm (winter ski mountaineering)
Trab Magico 164cm (late-winter and early-spring ski mountaineering)
Movement Big Fish-X 160cm (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan X-Race (both current rockered version & prior traditional-camber version)
And for very low-snowpack conditions, my old Movement Logic-X 169cm (still light, but dated w/o any rocker) and Hagan Cirrus 163cm (been through four seasons of abuse).

Recent Posts

Five Stars if you want the smallest and lightest beacon now allowed by the ISMF for racing (or for carrying in a pant pocket for spring & summer tours). The weight differentials among beacons are trivial given that the weight is carried on your torso, but the smaller size for this model is immediately noticeable. The attached picture shows the Micro between a Pieps DSP and a Barryvox Pulse. Not only are the width and height significantly slimmed down on the Micro, but the depth is far (far) less, which...
Overall: Four Stars for a race skin with typical (in a good way) race-style tip attachment system, the usual plush, and strong glue. Laminate is a bit on the stiffer and thicker end of the spectrum, which allows for clean rips (despite the strong glue), although adds a few fractional ounces per foot. As for the missing star: on my pair the tip attachments did *not* come preattached, which seems to undermine the purpose of buying a complete skin rather than separate roll length + attachments. Furthermor...
For many years I molded liners using toe caps improvised from a wide variety of materials. (Lots of duct tape was of course involved!) Then I ended up with this Intuition Fit Kit from a friend's liners. Ah, that's more like it! The toe cap design is especially clever with the split that allows for a big range of foot sizes and shapes. The material won't compress at all, and therefore effectively compresses the liner's toe box foam to create enough room for your toes. The socks are nothing special, although ...
I'm becoming increasingly fond of wearing lycra all the time, but more so separates than suits for anything other than racing and in-bounds training. And for pants/tights, I'm going lighter & lighter to the point where in warm temps all I want is essentially the bottom half of a race suit. But I still do want a secure pocket. Is that too much to ask? From some of my favorite race clothing companies, apparently yes -- why can't they include even just one little pocket on their skimo tights, especially when...
Great saw overall -- I've borrow a friend's a few times on Western ski trips. (I've heard TSA kind of frowns on snow saws as carry-on.) Rigid enough for nicely cutting through crusty layers (that aren't so nice to ski). Ample width toward the back for doubling as a snow crystal card (complete with grid). Length is relatively compact for packing away, yet the clever handle (which is reasonably ergonomic enough) doubles as the attachment point for a ski pole as extension, relying on ski straps. No moving pa...

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