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 have both this and the very similar La Sportiva Race Overglove. Personally, I prefer the Overglove, since I love the dexterity of gloves even just while skinning and not actually engaging in any dexterous tasks. However, if you're more into wearing mittens in general yet occasionally want to allow your fingers access outside the mittens, the you'll probably prefer the Skimo Mitten since it's closer to being a standalone mitten. The sizing also reflects that, since in the same size Medium the Overglove is...
A really great option if you love the dexterity of lightweight gloves but are getting tired of some combination of losing circulation and/or withdrawing your fingers back into the palms of your gloves. I've previously used the CAMP version, which is great for what it is. The La Sportiva version provides far more warmth when deployed, and even provides noticeable warmth even when just rolled up against the back of your hand. Only drawback I've noticed so far is that pole straps needs to be adjusted into a mu...
Huh, so I suppose my version is the 3.1! Also, forgot to mention that for those who are not familiar with them, the Dynafit-supplied "Quick Step-in" toe sockets do provide a bit of an advantage compared to the French and Italian competition for all-carbon boots. I have this style socket on my Alien 1.0 boots but not on my PG boots, and it does make entry a bit easier, as well as reduce the frequency of botched entries with unsteady legs after long race descents.
The Onyx (and Ruby) used the traditional Dynafit pattern. I even mounted a few pairs using a Dynafit jig combined with my childhood experience of playing with Lego. (So glad G3 got it right with the Ion!)
Nate, so just to clarify, the new crampon slot on the Plum race bindings can take either traditional Dynafit crampons or Plum crampons, but the Guide can take only Plum crampons?

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