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Jonathan Ellsworth

Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a review of on December 19, 2009

5 5

These are tough fixed length poles with a nice swing weight, though, surprisingly, I find the swing weight on my adjustable BD carbon fiber poles - with powder baskets - to be just a bit better. Go figure. (Perhaps the added weight of the Kevlar the bottom of the fixed length's shafts?)

I love BD adjustable poles, and these fixed length are a very good option for resort days. Oh, and they look sweet, too.

Nice work BD.

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Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a question about on November 17, 2009

Seems like I could go either way WRT size: s/m or m/l. Anybody out there actually had a chance to try both on? I'm 5'10, 180#, currently wear a dakine heli pro pack, though I NEVER pack the thing full, and I am just wondering whether the m/l will be necessary. Another factor is that I will be frequently carrying a BD shovel & avy gear with this pack when touring, and if it's a pain to cram the shovel + avy gear in the s/m, I'd just go with the m/l....Lastly, if I am wearing this pack & hiking in bounds, I'll be carrying Armada JJs or Dynastar Huge Troubles on the pack. I assume the pack can handle skis this size, but will that factor into the s/m vs. m/l question? Thanks for the thoughts.

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Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a question about on August 25, 2009

Hey Ty (or anybody out there in the know) - in all of Patagonias Capilene shirts (in Cap 1, 3, 4) I am a solid size Large, and moving down to mediums would be too tight. (I'm 5'11", 185 lbs.) But I'm not sure whether to get the Nano in a medium or Large -- worried that the Large is going to be too roomy if it is designed to accomodate underlayers.

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Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

2 5

I love Black Diamond, but i feel like this is the first product of theirs that i've used that hasn't delivered. Bottom line: a glove this big needs to be really warm, and it isn't. If it was lower profile, with great dexterity, then sacrificing a little warmth would probably be worth it. I exchanged these for the Hestra Heli gloves, and those are probably the best combination of warmth / dexterity i've ever found in a gauntlet glove.

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Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a question about on January 5, 2009

Just picked up the Prophet 100s from Backcountry. I've had very good luck with look PX 12 bindings on other skis I own (and i weigh 185 lbs.), and would be inclined to just mount another pair of them on the Prophets . Will be skiing trees and steeps, but not doing huge drops. Is there really any strong reason to mount instead a "fat" binding on the Prophets?

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Jonathan Ellsworth wrote a review of on January 5, 2009

5 5

First of all, this ski is simply called the "Trouble." Don't know why backcountry has the name wrong. This ski is the same as the Dynastar 06-07 Trouble Maker, just different graphics. In short, I use the ski for bumps (it's my favorite all time bump ski) and jibbing, though I love the ski in the trees and tight chutes on packed powder days. I'm 5'11" 185 lbs., and I ski the 175 cm. If you just want to rip groomers, keep looking (it can get chattery at speed), but it's a great choice for bumps, park, jibbing.

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