Height:5' 8"
Weight:153 lbs
Shoe Size:US 7.50
Skier Type:Type II - Moderate
Ski Frequency:50 - 99 days / year
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My Skiing

Started on Fischer Europa 99STs with leather... was the world's worst telemarker, but got pretty good at survival skiing the hiking trails in RMNP... moved East in '98, switched to AT, and eventually joined the cult of Dynafit.

My favorite skiing is in the Canadian Rockies--something like the Dolomite Peak circuit or the Wapta or Mistaya Lodge. Always wondering what's over the next pass...

My Gear

La Sportiva Syborg/Speed Superlite 1.0/Dynafit PDG
BD Helio 88/frankenbinding/Atomic Backland Carbon
Dynastar Cham 2.0 87/Vipec/Salomon Mtn Explore
DPS Wailer 106/Speed Turn/Atomic Backland Carbon

Recent Posts

I bought the new version in August, and have used it for six days of mountaineering in Canada, and then some rock climbing in the U.S. The lack of weight reminded me of my first time using race gear, where something that was always a burden suddenly didn't matter any more. I've been wearing it on approaches just because it's so light and comfortable that it's easier to wear than to carry. The strap system is very simple, and easily adjustable for toques. My headlamp stayed on when I needed it to. Haven't tr...
I now have four days on these, in wildly varying conditions. So far, they are exactly what I hoped for—maneuverable, turny, easy. On skied-out end-of-the-day manmade, there were no unpleasant surprises. On sticky, soggy sidecountry mush, I was somewhat surprised to be able to turn at all. On pristine pre-first-chair corduroy, they were swoopy and fun. Today, on really brutal skied-out semi-refrozen dust on crust, they were really quick across the fall line in tight spaces, and I could steer them through th...
Any idea what the forward release value is? I've heard around 11 for the green version.
Oh yeah, definitely five stars now. I'm on my third season with these skis, and have done everything from races to powder to refrozen coral reef to iconic Old New England downhill trails like the Thunderbolt. And they remain my go-to skis for resort skinning. If I could only have one pair of skis, I don't know what I'd do. But if I could have only two pairs, these would be one of them, and some fat powder skis :)
I've been using the same orange Black Diamond Traverse poles that everyone else uses, leading to much confusion on hut trips. I wanted a pole more suitable for racing, but didn't want an XC-style pole. I'm fond of the flat tops of alpine-style grips, as I often palm them to push myself up a steep bit. And I never use pole straps due to shoulder dislocations. So this style of pole seemed appealing. I tried them for the first time this morning, for 1000m of resort skinning. Wow! Walking to the base I was a...

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