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Jack Wizo

Jack Wizo

Snowbird, Wasatch Front, Bear River, Logan Canyon and Beyond

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Telemark Skiing
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Jack's Bio

I ski in the Winter, canoe in the Summer, and hunt in the Fall. If I can cut down some trees, or summit a peak in any season, I will.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on December 18, 2013

Yeah, it's also torsionally stiffer and much more damp than the Patron. The Patron is more poppy and playful, but it doesn't absorb the bumps at high speed like the Helldorado. I prefer the Helldorado for everyday resort use, but the Patron is definitely better than other non-metal-reinforced rocker/camber/rocker skis such as the Armada JJ, Line Opus, or 4frnt YLE. It's heavy, and with the metal, is more oriented toward the front country and variable terrain.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on October 25, 2013

A little late on your answer, but I would definitely go for the Axl. Wait a while and see what the Enzo has to offer in the ways of life expectancy and issues. The Axl has been out for a few years, and everyone loves it. 22 Designs is a great company that you can feel good about giving your to.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

I could not ask for a better ski to use every day.
Except for a week in February when I was demoing some El Capos, and a few days when there's been enough fresh snow at the Bird to bust out my Bushy Waynes, the Helldorados have been my go to ski everyday. That's 80+ days I've had to learn just how to bend and turn them, how to make them pop just right and let them carve long, smooth turns through any kind of snow. If I could have only one ski forever, it would be the 193 Helldorado.
I love how the metal layers and full wood core dampen choppy conditions and smooth out my ride. I love the "hammerhead" and the "low rise camrock" in the tips and tail, that, with more angulation in your turn, puts you right on the rails making for roller coaster like arcs. Then, when you get them into trees or billy-goat terrain, you can make tight, nimble turns and smear them easily.
The more you put into this ski, the more you get back. The Helldos love speed and they will let you go as fast as you want.
I have mine mounted at 3cm behind center and love 'em. If you like to lean forward when you ski, then the traditional mount at 5cm behind center would be a good choice, too.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

I had the opportunity to take the El Capo out for a week at Snowbird. It was like the Helldorado crossed with the Enforcer and Girish, and I loved it. I ski the Helldorado every day that it's not deep and smooth, and ski the Bushy Wayne when it is. The El Capo really rounds out the quiver, as it is a little more on piste oriented and directional. The 185 really measures in at 189cm, but because the tail isn't totally flat, they call it a 185. I ski the Helldorado in a 193, and was a little skeptical of the El Capo in a 185, but at 6' and 160lbs, I really found it to be the perfect length for me, mounted at the traditional line with their up-turned tail.
The El Capo carves really well, and with the two layers of metal, it is damp and smooth at any speed. It's really good at high speeds. The Cap' definitely has more of an even flex than the Helldorado, but it has more pop and rebound than the Helldo, too. Nice and stiff behind the heel, so it's very responsive and makes nice, snappy turns. The more you angulate it, the more it rails, and more edge is engaged. The Capo will make tight, racer style turns, or long, smooth, high speed turns, as well. Wide enough for powder skiing, narrow enough to ski comfortably on firm and icy slopes, and damp enough to make choppy rough conditions easier to ski.
The top sheet art work is really nice, too.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

3 5

I wasn't too impressed with this ski. It's heavy and has metal, likes speed and going straight, but it just felt boring to me. I've never been much of a fan of Dynastar skis, though, and these feel like a typical Dynastar.
It may be the flat pin-tail and the tapered tip, but I just don't like how it turns. I couldn't get them to pop like I want a ski to, and couldn't play with them much either. Elias is right, though; these are easy to ski. I just think they're more white bread than artisan french baguette. Good quality construction, though.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on February 6, 2013

Alex, the Patron is where it's at. Way better than any other ski you've been looking at. The Line Opus would be a good playful ski as well. The JJ is way playful, but that's because of the early taper tip that makes the ski smear with ease. The Patron does that stuff well, but rails on groomers and chunder better than the others. I ski Snowbird with my Helldorados now, but I like the Patron for it's playfullness. Perfect ski for the bird.
Wally, have you actually skied all of those skis? Because the Hoji is softer than the Bentchetler, which is actually the stiffest of all the ones you mentioned, and the Rocker2 122 is not damp AT ALL! It is floppy and noodley and seems like it would slap you in the face if you dropped a big cliff. The only thing I'd agree with you is that the Patron is the best do-all ski.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on February 5, 2013

185 would be a good length for you. They are really easy to turn and when it's deep, you will be glad to have the extra length for a stable, high speed float on any kind of terrain.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

3 5

Not stoked on these socks.
I bought a whole bunch of these last year because they fit great, and were the perfect thickness for skiing.
So I ordered a few more pair.
When I pulled them out of the box, I immediately noticed how much thinner the socks are this year. Still, I thought I'd give them a try. When I put them on this morning, the heel of the sock crawled up my achiles. Poor fit.
My feet were cold and sloppy inside my ski boots today.
Oh, and what's up with having a right and a left sock?
On the plus side, the seam on the toe is very small, and it goes across the front of the toes, rather than over the toe nails. Seemed comfy to me.
After today, though, I will be returning them and hunting again for the perfect sock.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

3 5

I like Flylow. I am a dedicated user of Flylow. Love the pants, jackets, and the camper belt has a bottle opener- I mean, come on! Flylow rules.
That said, this years Ridge glove, and Tough Guy glove are both substandard for a Flylow product. The gloves this year are thinner, and the cuff is also much tighter, which makes for difficult off/on again-throughout-the-day use.
So no, I'm not as stoked on these gloves anymore.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on October 31, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this boot a whole lot. I have a pair of Flexons that are nice and light, but I like the stiffness and the added weight, and the replaceable rubber toe and heel, while maintaining the 3-piece concept of the old Flexon. The buckles are also really solid and lock my heel down well. The toe box height of the Ace of Spade is shorter than the Flexons, so popping in intuition liners instead of the stock liners- which are just fine, just heavier and not as warm- put some more pressure on the toes.
The Ace is a really good all mountain boot, without being too heavy and keeping the three piece design, plus having a lot of features that other similar boots don't have.

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Jack Wizo wrote a review of on October 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Contrary to what Wally says about this ski, I find the Patron to have excellent floatation. The Patron does have a little bit more swing weight than, say, an Armada JJ, which I have used extensively, but I find that the Patron can carve better on groomed and firm snow conditions. In fact, I find the Patron to handle any condition better than the JJ, or "similar counterparts" with rocker/camber profiles. The Patron is playful yet solid and confidence inspiring. It is a great ski. I have the Helldorado's, too, which will be more of a charging ski than the Patron, even though they have the same dimensions. The relatively light weight construction of the Patron is top notch, and I have ridden them hard, including bashing them through t North Chute last season.
A great one ski quiver that replaced my Armada JJ's.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on October 22, 2012

I have had a few pairs of JJ's mounted with Hammerheads and Axls. I would not put anything else on the JJ to tele ski it. It is a great telemark setup and does a great job touring, too, because it is so light. The JJ is stiff enough that it is very responsive, and the early taper makes hook free tele turns super easy. The JJ really likes to surf sideways so it is one of the best choices for a telemark ski, but it still carves on groomers, scrubs speed easily, and makes everything like buttered popcorn- smooth and poppy. Great choice for dropping knees in any snow.

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Jack Wizo wrote an answer about on October 22, 2012

I like the flex pattern of the JJ a lot more than the Seth. Both are great skis, but I like how easy it is to smear turns on the JJ, while still having a stiff flex underfoot and in the tips. I think the Seth has a good soft tip that makes it very forgiving, and it has a good playful nature to it, like the JJ, but I don't think the Seth is as responsive. The Seth is damp, whereas the JJ is lively. I'd choose the JJ for an all mountain ski that favors the powder, but the Bubba or Magic J from Armada would be a more powder specific tool. Were I to suggest another ski that may be overlooked, it would be the Nordica Patron. I found it to handle everything better than the JJ, while not washing out of landings or turns. The Nordica Radict is a great soft and deep snow ski, too, and it's under $400 now, too.

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