Sean Lowther

Sean Lowther

Chugach, Talkeetna, Delta Mountains, St. Elias Range and the Alaska Range

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Sean's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Nordic Skiing

Sean's Bio

Primarily a climber (mountains) climbed throughout New England, New York, Spain, France, Montana and Alaska. I am an enthusiastic BC and Resort skier. I ski the Talkeetnas, Kenai Mountains and the Chugach Primarily. Climb and Ski as many times as I can get out each week, usually 2-5 times a week, even if it si one twilight skin up ski down run!

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Sean Lowther

Sean Lowther wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is perfect for getting distance in ski mountaineering and ski touring... it is still good on the descent, but for me it excels in the lightweight design that allow me to get a ton of distance in a day, and still have fresh legs to get some of the goods I am going after... not the fattest ski, but good float, skis the hard pack well, I really enjoy this ski in corn conditions!

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

have ski mountaineered some of the largest peaks in AK on this binding... it works as advertised... solid simple and mostly reliable... at -40F the plastic cone for swapping between heel positions broke... Dynafit sent me a new set of tops which I swapped out at home...minor issue when the binding has been bomber otherwise

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

5 5

It's amazing, I always say I need brakes with my fatty skis, you know in case they come off when I am pushing my boundaries and skiing hard... But every time I have only had brakes on my Fatty skis (125mm through 98mm) when I lose a ski and it's pointed downhill in powder I witness the efficiency of today's powder skis, when I see it rocketing off below... They just float up and best I can tell is I think those little brakes seeming are for show for the resorts... So the only thing that really works is leashes... Why waste the weight on a powder ski... The radical speed is all you need...

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on April 27, 2013

5 5

These skis are great for what they are, a lightweight touring and ski mountaineering ski. These are not crud busters, they are not a quiver of one that is perfect from ice to chest deep pow, but they are lightweight skis that are good in soft and alright (chattery) on hard, and get thrown around a little in mix. That is why we all have a quiver of 5+ skis... You need to have skis appropriate for what you are doing, or just understand that the ski you select as your quiver of one is good for its primary purpose that the ski manufacturer made it for and hopefully ok at everything else that you want it to be good for...

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

5 5

I have Fritschi's on 4 of my 5 pairs of BC skis, one pair I have Dynafits. My freerides function just fine, I have 3 pairs that have been skied hard for 4 years and function like they did day 1. solid binding. I Resort and Backcountry with them 2-3 days a week during the long Alaska winter. I see reviews and things out there sayin Dynafit this, lightweight that, but releastically there are unfit BC skiers with Dynafits I lap, just get in shape and who cares. I have found (and there are blog entries that you can find about it) certain model BC boots and Dynafits not playing well, I will say I stopped skiing my Dynafits because I use top of the line boots (brand accomodating a wide foot) and my Dynafits and my BC boots do not play together well. There are many solutions in the blogosphere about grinding certain areas of the dynafits for extra clearances here and there on teh binding, no way! As now with the Dynafits I have to ski down in locked touring mode (approx DIN 19) or the toe releases. That just leaves me at risking knee damage otherwise, when I turn my outside ski releases, do that twice on a steep face or gulley and see how many more times you ski with those. My freerides, NEVER have done that! They are the unsung hero of BC skiing, so get in shape and throw a couple extra pounds on and ski with confidence, knowing your binding is ROCK SOLID!!!

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

5 5

I use these boots for General Mountaineering around south central Alaska. I climb peaks in the winter here, and yes it can be cold, and if anything I find these boots to be very warm, even for Alaska winters. Each person has different temps and comforts, for me these work fine! These replaced a pair of Asolo Alpinist boots, which last 3 years of intense use. My crampons go on these with no problems, snow shoes attach fine, and what I like about these is they dont have a lot of seams on the instep mid boot to break scrambling up long scree fields (the problem I had with my Asolo boots, constant cobbler repairs). Bottom Line these boots have functioned well for me, but then again I just climb mountains here in Alaska with them, in the Fall and WInter and Spring, not sure how that translates to what others are doing with them?

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on June 21, 2010

5 5

I use a gigapower titanium stove, windscreen, with eta power pots for summer here in AK. Works great, I extend it's range to fall and late spring because of the setup is so efficient. I just sleep with the canister in my sleeping bag. The problem is really cold temps, the canisters don't work because the fuel won't vaporize into a gas. So I use the etapower pots with my dragonfly stove for winter. But the Gigapower stove, gigapower windscreen and etapower pots are the best three season setup I know of.

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on June 21, 2010

5 5

I use a gigapower titanium stove, windscreen, with eta power pots for summer here in AK. Works great, I extend it's range to fall and late spring because of the setup is so efficient. I just sleep with the canister in my sleeping bag. The problem is really cold temps, the canisters don't work because the fuel won't vaporize into a gas. So I use the etapower pots with my dragonfly stove for winter. But the gigapower stove, gigapower windscreen and etapower pots are the best three season setup I know of.

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Sean Lowther wrote a review of on February 16, 2009

5 5

I ski the chugach mountains here in AK and I have Kilowatts in 185, I am 5'10 and 189 lbs. This ski holds on icy conditions, works great in powder, mixed crud is always tough but I go through it as well as with any ski I have ever skied, this is a GREAT all around ski. The only issue I have is new the tails edges stick (extra last grab) when coming out of a turn and keep cutting. Detuning the edges at the tails even by a half degree solves this, and makes these skis the best overall ski money can buy. If I was looking for a single all around ski, this is it!

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