Jesse M

Jesse M
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Skier Type:Type III - Aggressive
Ski Frequency:25 - 50 days / year
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My Skiing

Lifelong skier (telemark) who recently went to the dark side and got AT gear. I have gotten hooked on skimo racing as a means to improve my fitness and ability to try more committing things in the mountains.

My Gear

Dynafit PDG skis and boots plus their low tech bindings for racing and now pretty much everything.

Recent Posts

I have used the Swix hydrocarbon wax series exclusively for years and have been very pleased with its performance in all snow conditions as a ski and skin wax. The temperature breaks for the wax make good sense to me and with just 3 you can pretty much cover any conditions year long in Colorado. I also refuse to ski in 0 degree weather which helps! Ski waxing is easy even with CH7 which is a tiny bit brittle. It can still be scraped just fine but I prefer to run a piece of Swix Fiberlene over the ski bet...
I have been touring and training in this all season and think it is a pretty good top for people of average proportions. I am 6'4" and the Large is just right in the chest but a tad short in the sleeve without a long gauntlet glove. The fabric has a slight face to it making it a little wind repellent and it breathes well while definitely warming up under exertion. The hood is a tad loose but warm on cold days. The fabric has a funny smell to it even after a season of washes and long excursions. The color sc...
I have skied with this airbag all winter and love it. It is super light and very comfortable to carry on long days with the weight of the airbag barely noticeable. It carries everything I need for a day of extended skimo training- spare set of skins, spare water bottle, puffy, wind breaker top and bottom, spare gloves, repair kit, InReach, and typical avy gear plus saw. The one thing I don't like about the pack is the rear entry feature. I get it but it is a little tough to get out your avy tools without s...
I have used this vest for a season of training and routine backcountry use. It seems to be a euro fit with an extra long length. I am a 39-41 ish chest and 6'4". The EU XL/US L fits nice and snug and is quite long, never slipping up over my pants. The fabric breathes well and can be layerd over or under easily. The zipper is a little tough to get started with gloves on but after that the large pull and high neck make it easy to adjust based off of exertion and solar heat. I have not experienced any disco...
I'd like to add two things to the above positive reviews, all of which I agree with. Durability. The cuff pivot on the Alien is user maintainable. This is a big improvement over boots with just a rivet in this location which just loosens over time introducing slop into your downhill mode. With access to the right equipment you can repress this rivet but that is a huge inconvenience compared to just using a few tools you already have on hand. Other important moving parts on the Alien are also field maintai...

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