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

Dynafit Cho Oyu 182, Speed Superlight (soft snow, crud, redlining the fun meter)
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)
Hagan Ultra 170 w/ mixed Plum and Dynafit binding (desert-island ski, low-tide and spring conditions)
Hagan Ascent 163 w/ Hagan race binding (hacking my way through races, training for said races)

Boots: LS Spitfires v2.0, Dynafit TLT7P, Scarpa Aliens v0.0

Recent Posts

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...
I've been holding off on writing this review because I feel like I'm jumping the gun on a ski I haven't been on a whole lot...but what the heck, I'm a fan. I've skied the Alp Tracks 84 in the 177 length almost a dozen days and 40k+, enough that I'm re-waxing a second time and contemplating buying a wider pair of Alp Tracks (the ski lust is strong right now), so I can claim at least a bit of familiarity. I'll check back in once I have more vertical on them and a full spring season, but I can't imagine too mu...

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