Jamie Preston

Jamie Preston

Utah, Telluride, BC, Vermont, Maui

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Susan's Passions

Alpine Touring
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

Susan's Bio

Try to make every powder day and live for the big deep days, inbounds then out. Try to ski BC or AK untracked one week a year. Love to ski lots of different skis and feel the nuances. If it is not winter, windsurfing is priority one followed closely by biking or golf. I cannot wait to introduce my young daughter to the outdoor world - in fact she has some time in skiing in the pack already!

Jamie Preston

Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on April 17, 2014

At your height and weight, one would think 184 at a minimum, but for the fact that you are not overpowering a 176 RTM. Hmmm. The 177 would put to test my theory that most Volkls are going to provide good stability at almost any weight or height. I do have a 178 Gotama that is super fun at that length, which shockingly has never felt unstable, but I never ski it in much snow (because I go fatter). But, the Katana is a powder ski and you want surface area - and given their low weight and low singweight, it just does not seem like you should be worried about skiing a 184 - 177 might seems like too little ski for you given all the factors. As a 6'1" 180 , expert in very good shape with an embarrassing amount of ski days I have been on the 184 and it has never felt like too much ski. But, to answer the question as to whether you could "get away" with a 177 - probably yes. But, you'd likely be happier on a 184.

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Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on April 8, 2014

Stacey, at 6'1", 180 (then add gear) I ski the 184 and it is plenty of ski with no stability issues. I have not wished for more ski at any time. These skis are quick given their low swingweight, which might mean the 184 could work, but at 150, it would seem the 177 would serve you very well with more pros (quicker in tight spots, lighter) than cons (burly, heavier). I have really enjoyed this as a touring ski - the most powerful and stable I have skied. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on March 31, 2014

Have to agree - 190 is a long ski these days. Given shape and construction stability will never be an issue in the Volkl line. By going 190 you lose versatility - but to what end? At 6'1" 180 everything I ski in the Volkl line is in the mid 180s. 184 is the better all around choice. And, when it comes time to upgrade a lot easier to resell!

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Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on March 30, 2014

Although I live in Utah, I am an ex VTer and have skied Stowe and Mad River a ton with lots of time in the woods. A 173 Shiro would be a great ski, when it is epic. But, the Stowe Volkl boys usually go towards the Gotama or the Katana - both a little quicker and more versatile. Of those the Gotama is better in the bumps. I ski tele a bit and the mid taper skis like the JJ or the One or Two ski better from the middle as opposed to driven from the front (a la tele) so a traditional sidecut might work better. This is fantastic price on the Shiro though. Next year Volkl is flattening the tail which might allay your rocker concerns a bit - but believe me once you go full rocker you will love it. And, don't be afraid to go wide for the NE! Good luck.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, this is basically a very comfortable helmet, and it was the model that finally got me to wear a helmet on a daily basis. Second, it is very warm (without the need to wear a hat under) given the cushy liner. Third, it looks great, and is a break from the "standard". Those are all the pluses.
I found it runs really small - I am a medium in Smith, POC and finally ended up with an XL (which shocked me). And, the helmet pushes down on the nose which gets to be uncomfortable after a while...I use the Smith Fuse (and did try the smaller Phenom) but admittedly did not try other options. I have switched to a Pret - and though I need to wear a beanie, I like the fit on my face a bit better.I think with helmets it is a trial and error, personal preference thing, but this is worth a try.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

My small (110 lb) wife uses this mainly as her everyday binding with the occasional backcountry foray (usually before and after the resort season). They have been great for that, but if she toured all the time I would likely put her on a Dynafit. All in all these perform well - takes her a little extra effort to stamp into the heel. For the skier who is in bounds more than out, but want the option without a whole new setup - an excellent choice.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are fashionable cords. The rust is more red than rust (about like the picture). I have other Prana pants from past year - these may not be "hipster" but the fit is definitely slimmer than past years. 4 stars because I like it a bit looser fit.

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Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on March 21, 2014

I have two pairs of Shiros with Jesters. One pair has a 110 which was bent, and the other pair has the 130. Both work just fine. Although I like the bent 110 as it is more tucked. Tell the shop you won't hold them responsible if the brake breaks while bending. I would not let this issue change your choice of binding.

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Jamie Preston wrote an answer about on March 20, 2014

The Nunatuq is the lighter touring version of this ski - at about 20% lighter. Hard to tell a difference skiing them, but on a long tour the extra weight is noticeable. Also, Volkl is coming out with a carbon touring ski next year that will be 109 underfoot and a little less than 400 grams lighter (for the pair)than the Nunatuq.

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