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?
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):
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

Yipes, important correction to my review: although the 2016-17 version retains the older interior beacon pocket with the flap-style closure which is no longer ISMF compliant, it now also has a zipper-closure beacon pocket that opens only to the inside as per the new ISMF rule. (I had just thought it was an interior divider of the kangaroo-style skin pouch on the right, and didn't notice until today the zipper access -- very clever design upgrade!)
So close to perfection: if only they had a zippered pocket, please, even just a really small one, like on many running tights? All sorts of other good attributes though: - Very adaptable fit, since the size Small fits Tom N. at 6'3" and also me at 5'8" with a ~31" inseam at most. I can see how they have some excess length that could fit a taller person, but that excessive length isn't really ... excessive. - The usual reinforced areas to cut your own holes, but as Alexandre B. notes, already has a very n...
Deployed this halfway up the second of three ~2,000' vertical laps at a race this past weekend when the winds really starting blowing even more (while the sun was still hiding, and the summit -10F temperature not budging) -- barely had to slow down my skinning pace while securing this!
Stowing my skins after the first of three ~2,000' vertical laps during a race this past weekend at Pico VT. Temperature up top was -10F throughout the race. Yes, I eventually deployed my CAMP Flash Anorak, and also put a Buff around my face. (And yes, I still suffered from frostbite, plus I was probably borderline hypothermic!) But I did not bother bringing back-up skins, and the Trab glue never showed so much as even a hint of being anywhere near failure. (And yes, I am in violation of ISMF 5.8.12 by picki...
So maybe I'm mainly happy because of the excellent snow and excellent weather on this summer 2016 Mount Hood tour, but the Syborg top also helps!

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