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Jonathan S

Jonathan S




5' 8"


145 lbs

Shoe Size

US 9.00

Skier Type

Type III+ - Expert

Ski Frequency:

100+ days / year


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 @
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

Whoops, just realized that this product listing is for the UNinsulated version. I've gone through several pairs of the prior variation on that (with a Boa, mainly for add'l shock & awe value), not because of lack of durability, but just because I love the design so much for all my skimo training racing down into temps around the mid 20s F. Below that, and the uninsulated version does get cold. But at those temps and higher, the dexterity is outstanding, and the sans-strap system is both practical and super...
I’ve used a pair of these for many years, long enough that I’ve just about worn through them. (Meanwhile I’ve worn through many pairs of the non-insulated version.) As a lightly insulated softshell glove, it’s totally fine. But when paired with the Leki Mezza pole (or any other Leki nordic race pole), it’s totally awesome, since you don’t use any strap at all! Sure, the practical benefits of these are not life-altering, but the shock & awe value is … both shocking and awesome. Seriously, even after usi...
I’ve been using Leki nordic race poles with this same attachment system now for about a decade, both for nordic and skimo. The system works perfectly for either sport, whether you want to emphasize efficient power transfer for nordic or quick transitions for skimo. Unlike some other similar systems, don’t have to worry about snow clogging any parts. However, for skimo, you do have to worry about – at or least pay attention to – the potential for a runaway pole at a transition since your pole will have a ...
I’ve previously used a few generations of all-alu CAMP crampon models, plus the Petzl Leopard. So far I’ve used the DNA on a size 27.0 La Sportiva Stratos V. Just one outing, but with two fairly extended crampon climbs, one quite steep but with fairly soft snow, and one only moderate steep but with very firm conditions. Strengths: 1. Easy tool-less adjustment, with micro fine-tuning. 2. Excellent packability. 3. Fit stayed tight and secure in the field. Drawbacks: 1. Pricey compared to the competition. ...
Position #3 is physically possible. But the binding might not be designed to have the boot heel repeatedly coming down on this part of the binding. And heel elevator height from that position is barely any different from #2.

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