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 past six years I've been averaging 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?
Boots = Scarpa Alien 1.0 for most training & touring, but Dynafit RC1 for racing & really long tours
2016-17 quiver (all w/ Plum & Dynafit race bindings, including some "mixed" setups), perhaps even to stay the same for 2017-18 (even Skimo Co doesn't tempt me too much):
La Sportiva Nano 172 (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168 (winter powder & resort sidecountry)
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170 (winter ski mountaineering)
Dynafit Cho Oyu 166 (mixed days of compacted ski trails & glades-- impulse buy!)
Trab Magico 164 (late-winter & early-spring ski mountaineering)
Movement Big Fish-X 160 (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan X-Race (both current rockered version & prior traditional-camber version)
And for very low-snowpack conditions, old Movement Logic-X 169 (still light, but no rocker)

Recent Posts

I've had two pairs of the 2013-14 version: only difference from the current version seems to be slightly different styling on the back of the hand. I got them for when I needed some additional weather-proofness compared to my more typical minimalistic softshell gloves. The extra insulation is helpful, but even more impressive is the waterproof insert. Not like wearing a pair of Gore-Tex overgloves, but still far beyond the usual softshell. Excellent dexterity and grip. Fit is maybe a bit on the tighter si...
I have the 2014-15 version (i.e., with the black/white/red color scheme of the time, for some almost scary color coordination with pretty much everything else I have in the attached picture). I've been using it for all my races since then with the only exception of when I wanted a separate side-access bottom compartment that I could access without removing my pack. The eight-liter capacity is obviously small for "real" touring yet it's fine for racing. The waist "belt" system is wonderfully minimalistic yet...
Update: Should be obvious, but my review is for the all-orange original model, i.e., prior to the multi-color versions of the 2017-18 season. Detailed compare/contrast of the two different versions here:
I have an older version, but as you can see in the attached picture (while taking a break from some intense touring in my Millet Touring Intense pant), essentially the same design, even with the same piping. To attach it to other packs, might take some ingenuity and zip/cable ties, but well worth it, given the convenience in the field of both drinking and refilling your bottle. On this particular tour, all the usual running water sources on Mount Adams were buried in the deep snowpack during the entirely of...
Leaving the ski>skin transition zone at the Bromley VT 2017 skimo race.

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