TSB

TSB
Gender:Male
Height:6' 3"
Weight:185 lbs
Shoe Size:US 13.00
Skier Type:Type II - Moderate
Ski Frequency:50 - 99 days / year
My Skiing

Came from a nordic background in HS and started telemark skiing, mostly inbounds and then migrating into the side/backcountry. Picked up randonnee gear and techniques after one too many times getting trounced up the skin track by friends, and found myself really digging the world of skinny skis, spandex and rapid transitions. While I'm at best an occasional racer, I love getting out for long tours, glade explorations, backcountry objectives, and just the simple skin up the local hill.

My Gear

Skis/bindings:
DPS Wailer 106 Tour1 178, Plum Guide
Movement Session X 169, Plum 170 heel/Dynafit Speed toe
Movement Alp tracks 84 177, Plum 170 (firm-snow quiver of one)
Voile Objective BC 171, Speed Radical (long approaches, mountain missions, East Coast XCD-style tours)
Movement Big Fish X 174, Plum heal/Dynafit toe
Hagan Ultra 170 w/ mixed Plum and Dynafit binding (touring, low-tide and spring conditions)
Hagan Ascent 163 w/ Hagan race binding (hacking my way through races, training for said races)


Boots: LS Spitfire 2.0, Dynafit TLT7P, Scarpa Alien RS, Alien 0.0

Recent Posts

9/16/2018
 
The 106 Wailer has been an interesting ski for me, not quite the "one ski to rule them all" that Drake and Co. might have you believe, but a soft snow charger built for fun and surfy turning. Background for me is that these were my first tech-mounted skis >100mm underfoot, though I spent many years on tele boards of that size or greater (Voile Charger, BD Warrant, various G3 models). It's been an adjustment process, and I'm still not convinced that the size is really needed for speed-oriented randonneurs lo...
4/14/2018
 
I found myself in a pickle a few weeks ago, in need of a replacement for my superannuated Cho Oyus just before I left for a spring ski trip. A good midfat that can handle deep wintry snow as well as it skis consolidated spring snow is a hard quiver slot to fill and I was uncertain where to turn, especially on short notice with no time to demo a new model. Having skied two other Movement mountaineering builds (Big Fish 78 and Alp Tracks 84) I felt reasonably confident that the Session X would deliver, as w...
I purchased this guidebook to help with planning for a spring trip to western MT. While the author definitely has a fun style and a wealth of experience, I would not call this a "guide" in the traditional sense. It's more of a general primer to the zones, which is great for a certain kind of skier and less helpful for others. If you're used to guidebooks to places like the Tetons, the 14ers, the Wasatch and other more "civilized" ranges, you'll be a little out of luck with the barebones style. Among other t...
I'm looking for a jacket that's light enough to stuff in a race pack and forget about, but warm enough to serve as insulation in the event of unplanned stops/bivies/etc. Would this be warm enough to serve the purpose? A one-pound puffy has a limited ability to insulate, to be fair.
Dynafit apparel has been fairly hit-or-miss in my experience, so I've been happy to learn that this jacket is a significant hit. (Not surprising, really, considering that it's geared toward the hard core multi-day racer who puts a lot of wear and tear on her/his kit; the Dyna-fitting that's disappointed me has been semi-casual/semi-baggy, not the race stuff.) I've worn it out skiing or coaching basically every day since I got it, either as an outer shell on 30-40F mornings or as an insulating layer for cold...



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