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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 eleven years now 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

Boots, sz42 Alien 3.0 + sz26 PG/RC1 (former skis noticeably better; latter noticeably lighter, but shaved down all toe box liner foam for my big toes so tolerable only for >20F)
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 it was an impulse buy!)
Movement Big Fish-X 160 (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan Ultra 65 (fixed mount for 3.0), X-Race (ditto for PG), pre-rocker X-Race (setting courses & loaners)
Movement Logic-X 169 (rock skis, still light, but no rocker)

Recent Posts

Just in case anyone is wondering how the current version with the Grilamid shin piece compares to the prior version with the fiber-reinforced shin piece, I am now in an excellent position to report on that, as my fiber-reinforced shin pieces cracked back in February. The shin piece on one boot became completely detached, although is still skied okay even floating about. But I then made it through the remainder of the season by laminating it back on with sheets of plastic, G/Flex epoxy, and -- of course -...
I've been using these for many years in a red ATK color scheme (distributed here by Hagan), and now have these all-black versions from my Helio 180 bindings. Either way, a big improvement upon my prior homemade leashes from accessory cord. Plus the clip attachment is easy to manipulate with gloves, and the loop is easy to girth hitch through some part of pretty much any binding toe. The only part that is tricky is coming up with an attachment point on the boot that is bomber for late-spring and summer sk...
Mine are installed on the Helio 180. I also did a test fit on the Hagan Ultra (same as Helio 110). Very solid design, both with regard to attachment to the binding toe piece and with regard to the attachment with the crampon. I've used a pair of Helio crampons with them, but I also test fit several different pairs of Dynafit crampons, and they were all fine -- both relatively easy to insert the crampons, and fairly smooth removal.
This is the same adjustment plate that ATK has been selling for many years, but is still a great design: really long adjustment track given the minimal weight penalty and relatively minimal impact on heel>toe delta. Allows you to get away with a lot when remounting a setup so that the new holes for the plate effectively "bridge" the holes for a prior binding. So go ahead and mount up those new skis with a zero-adjustment binding since the boots you currently have are the best boots ever and you'll never ev...
I have the 86mm model. I bought them for an 84mm ski width, but they also work just fine with another ski that has a stated 87mm waist. I've used them ATK/BD bindings, but I also test-fitted them in the more basic slightly bendable crampon clip that came with older Plum bindings and the Dynafit LTR/SSL. Fit is fine, slides in relatively smoothly, and comes out with the right amount of ease. Compared to my Dynafit 90mm crampons, the attachment bar is very similar. The teeth look more aggressive, although...


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