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Jonathan S

Jonathan S

Gender

Male

Height

5' 8"

Weight

145 lbs

Shoe Size

US 9.00

Skier Type

Type III+ - Expert

Ski Frequency:

100+ days / year

Website

nerandorace.blogspot.com/

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 fourteen years now I've been averaging over half a million vertical feet for earned turns each season, with 600,000 over the most recent six years.
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

Boots, sz27.0 Stratos V, sz42 Alien 3.0, sz26 PG/RC1, reviewed @ www.tinyurl.com/StratosV
Ski, all w/ race bindings (Plum, Dynafit, rebranded ATK, incl. some ISMF-banned Dynafit toes + Plum heels combos):
La Sportiva Nano 172 (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168 (winter powder, more versatile than Nano)
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170 (winter ski mountaineering)
Dynafit Cho Oyu 166 (mixed days of compacted ski trails & glades-- impulse buy!)
Trab Magico 164 (spring ski mountaineering)
Dynastar Mythic Vertical 162 (could be used for almost anything, 87mm + crazy lightness -- even tho was an impulse buy!)
Movement Big Fish-X 160 (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan Ultra 65 (fixed mount for V & 3.0), X-Race (ditto), pre-rocker X-Race (setting courses & loaners)
Fischer Verticalp (fixed mount for V & 3.0, crit-style races, or anything else where skiing performance doesn't matter)
Movement Logic-X 169 (rock skis, still light, but no rocker)

Recent Posts

1/26/2023
 
Updating this old review since I noticed a reference to durability in a more recent review. I have been using the 600ml version since, hmm, well, looks like the 2017-18 season. I average over 600,000' vertical each season, and use this design for all training, racing, and touring except in the late spring and summer (when I use a bike-style bottle for easier refills at water sources). I have two of these in the quiver, but both are still like new, no durability problems, with the exception of the squishy...
10/26/2022
 
Whoah, how old is this review of mine? I'm now heading into my seventh year of racing on this model of skin, and still my overall favorite, after having used 100% mohair skins from Atomic, BD, CAMP, Contour, Dynafit, Hagan, Kohla, and Pomoca. Glide is the usual skimo speediness, grip is as good as anything that narrow and fast can be, durability is fine (for a consumable), yet glue has the edge on anything I've tried while still allowing for good handling in a panicked hypoxic state. But price is ... the ch...
10/10/2022
 
Overall: Five Stars for a nice update to the predecessor ARVA Ultra shovel.  The weight isn't significantly different from the first generation (out of three generations) that I had of the Ultra, but still the lightest metal-bladed shovel.  (Perhaps the lightest shovel overall given that the plastic competition has apparently been discontinued?)   And now the design has gone neckless (not necklace!) for significantly improved packability (in your suitably diminutive pack).  The shaft is a bit longer than m...
Public confession of excitement over a few trivial ounces of static weight savings for a shovel might be embarrassing, but I’m willing to risk that in exchange for the broader benefit to the public from my diligent reporting. Starting off with the reality check, my original-generation Voile XLM all-metal shovel about two decades ago weighed only about an ounce-and-a-half ounces more than this. But the shaft on that model was exceedingly short. And an old BCA Tour shovel of about that vintage and about th...
Getting excited about a snow saw is definitely a challenge, but as a skimo race organizer and racer and as an avalanche safety instructor for AIARE and NSP, if anyone can rise to the challenge, that would be me! First the weight, shockingly omitted from the Skimo Co listing: about 5.7 ounces, including the protective sheath and the cord. In exchange for the weight savings, compared to the competition from G3 and BCA, the handle is just an extension of the snow saw – like on the old Life-Link snow saw i...



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