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

Very nice design overall: large vision coverage yet low profile, secure fit yet feels like it's barely there. The outstanding characteristic though is the Zebra Light lens. I bought these in large part because of a PDG race report by Patrick Fink at his Mountain Lessons blog where he reported that he used the Zebra Light lens during both the day *and* night portions of the race?!? Sure enough, I used them for a nighttime skimo race yesterday. The lens might be cutting down on *some* portion of visible ...
Mt St Helens, January 26, 2019. Skinned all the way from parking lot to summit (where my partner took this picture), skied halfway down the mountain, then skinned back up to the summit again (didn't get a picture of the "jeans" for the second summit gain, sorry) -- because a pant like this deserves it!
Official spec is 14mm -- thicker than some of Swix's own more expensive models!
Hard to see in the picture, but the bumper sticker on this random car reads, Trump Skis In Jeans.
Five Stars for sure! First, on the practical side, compared to other tights & suits I've owned from various brands, the size Euro Medium fit is pretty typical. Material is thin -- this is definitely racewear! Rear mesh pocket is very useful and relatively secure, although with only an elastic closure, wouldn't want to risk something like a car key. Integrated gaiter is very snug (i.e., only for race boots) with an impressively substantial scuff guard. ("Spikey like a dinosaur," exclaimed by 8 yr old nie...

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