Jason

Jason

Seattle/Utah/Crested Butte/Coastal Oregon

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Jason's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Jason's Bio

Grew up outdoors in Utah, playing in the mountains of Colorado and now living in Seattle. Got used to the heavy snow because I can't leave the water. Paddling will do that to you.

Jason

Jason wrote an answer about on December 2, 2012

Skied them all last year. Running 22designs Axl so I could skin them too. Super fun ski in most conditions, obviously best in deep and soft, but pretty entertaining on all days. Pretty big feeling ski, nice and solid.

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Jason wrote a question about on October 5, 2011

I'm torn between these boots and the tx pros. Seems like the internets all love the pros, but I'm drawn to these due to less weight, and a slightly softer shell. That may come back to haunt me bcuz I want to run 'em on bent cheaters. Has anybody out there run these with big skis? Am I on the wrong path here? I ski hard, but not crazy hard and I'm not into massive overkill. Thoughts? Opinions? Thanks.

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Jason wrote a review of on November 9, 2008

3 5

I've had the Vapor for a year or so, and I would call it a good not great paddle. The highlights are a small diameter shaft, which is good for smaller hands. My kids love using it. Also the price is pretty good for a fairly light paddle. The downsides to me are the fixed grip positions -- it's designed that your hands are on the grips, which means that on longer paddles it's harder to comfortably vary your hand positions. This may or may not be important to how you paddle. Maybe it's because I'm coming from using Werner carbon paddles, but the Vapor lacked the solid feel of a really nice paddle. Nowadays it's my spare, or as I mention, for the kids to use.

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

I have a few sets of these on my bikes, because I tend to ride without cycle shoes on many occasions. They're great when you're clipped in, but depending on your shoe they can be iffy as a non-clipped platform pedal. Especially in rainy weather (wut up Seattle?) and bumpy terrain they can feel a little sketchy. For a short blast to the store, or for a casual ride where you don't want to get all kitted up, no problem. They're big, though, so if that's an issue you may want to go smaller.

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I have a drawer of headlamps (mostly little petzls and others) but it wasn't until I got a pair of the Icons that I actually developed a favorite. Now I rarely ever use anything but this light. I quickly get used to the feel when it's on my head (I thought it'd feel heavy, but it really doesn't) and the light is excellent. I highly recommend getting the rechargeable battery kit -- it really makes this an excellent headlamp. Plus, the lime green is sick in a really good way!

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

A very nice paddle for stand-up paddling, and unlike many SUP paddles it's built by a company who has been cranking out tough, light and graceful paddles for years. Werner makes really nice, dependable stuff and the Spanker is totally in the pocket. I've been paddling it for a few months now in both flat water and in the ocean. After getting used to the different feel from my old paddle, I haven't looked back. In fact I haven't picked up my other paddle since I started using this one. It's so light, and the power is there. Yes, it has a larger blade than many surf paddles, but I appreciate this on downwinders or when cruising in the calm. Even when I'm out in the sound on a cold, windy day I don't worry about my paddle snapping in two. There's a great youtube video of the werner rep abusing this thing that gives you a feel for how tough it is, despite it feeling like a feather. So if you have the cash, go for it!

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

My original plan was to have reduce my pile of skis down to one, but I saw these and couldn't resist getting them for lift-assisted days. I love them! They're fat, but not too fat. Which means they really do take you through nearly all snow conditions happily. They put a huge smile on my face the first time I took them out -- I loved the speed and control they gave me. I had previously been on the original Jaks in the ferocious and stiff long length, so when I went to other skis I really missed the speed and stomping power. These had that, with the added benefit that it didn't take an act of god to turn them. Slightly heavy for hiking up the hills (for me at least, b'cuz I have the lighter, shorter Jak BCs) but an absolute blast when pointed downhill. Which is the point, if I recall.

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I have hammerheads on most of my quiver (Karhu Team 100s, Jak BCs, Line Darksides) and I love them for their durability, their simplicity and the way they can be tuned. For the uphill, I move the pivot forward and life is as good as my legs and lungs will let it be. For resort-boarding the crud, I put the pivot back a couple of notches and I'm railing turns. But here's my deep, dark secret: The Hammerheads let me do it with relatively soft, light boots. They're so beefy, you can ski hard in boot that's not a total foot vise. For me, that's sweet because I have an unnatural love for my ten-year-old Scarpas. I tried the whole T1 setup a few years back and it just wasn't for me. With the Hammerheads and soft snow, break out the light boots and give a try. I used to lust after every new telemark binding that came out -- now I'm happy with the Hammerhead. Although a release would be nice. Hmm...

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Jason wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

These were true to size for me, and have been a comfortable, supportive shoe. I bought them primarily for disc golfing in the northwest, which means walking a lot in rainy, rough terrain and needing to have a stable platform for when you're on the tee. They've been great for this, and have held up better than most shoes. I have worn through the toe bumper on my left foot, but that's b'cuz I'm dragging my toe in my throw. If only I could solve that, and then I'd surely stop throwing it into the trees. At any rate, when these wear out, I'll be picking up another pair.

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