john lemnotis

john lemnotis

anywhere my truck takes me, mostly powder filled mountains

john lemnotis's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

john lemnotis's Bio

What was the question? Splitboarding is the answer. Also I've been known to ride a road bike, camp in the mountains, climb, and I rarely catch fish

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Plain and simple use these tail clips if you're a splitter, you'll thank me when you aren't the one holding up the tour because your skin tails didn't hold and you have to strap them down or scrape the snow off. The split specific G3's already come with these but if you're cutting a ski skin, like I did with the momix, you'll want a set of these on the end.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my third pair of G3 skins and the first time I've used a ski specific skin for my split board in years. I've previously used the alpinist and high traction and loved them both. This product leaves me wanting more... I've toured about 10 days with them this season and I can already tell they'll only be used for those super long alpine days when light is right for me. They certainly weight less then my previous g3's and will be nice on my light setup but for every day touring they simply won't last a season. They're less durable than other skins I've used, already 2 holes in them presumably from gliding over rocks in our early season snow pack. After using other G3's for 3 and 4 years without this happening I was a little disappointed. The grip is alright, I wouldn't say it's the best skin for areas that have steep roadside attractions like the Wasatch due to the less than ideal grip on icy skin tracks. Go with the high tractions if thats what you're worried about. These skins are a good addition to my lightweight touring setup but not the all around tool I was hoping for.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

bomber
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've been using this jacket since the beginning of the season and finally feel I'm ready to review it. I use it touring and have had it out on dry days, wet days, warm days, and cold days. The gore-tex keeps you dry and the pit zips dump heat as well as any I've used. The fabric has a nice soft feel to it which is a big difference compared to the primo I use to tour in. So far it has been just as durable as any other patagonia outwear I've used, being whipped with trees on skinny out tracks isn't going to touch you. The hip pockets seem a bit smaller than other jackets I've used, just big enough for an iphone with a case. The chest pocket has plenty of room though. I like the drawstring on the hood for those windy days and can't comment on the powder skirt as I wear bibs. I'm 5'8" 150lb and wear the medium. Comfortable fit when wearing my puffy underneath with beacon as well. Overall I think this jacket is well worth the price tag.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

So far so good
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This helmet fits my head well and I think the most important thing when shopping for a helmet is the fit. It's key to try it on before you buy. My head measured slightly in between sizes and I opted for the smaller size. Pads packed out slightly after wearing a few times and it still feels good. I wear my helmet when touring and haven't used it with the vents closed yet and probably won't. Only had it out on cool days so far and its worked well at keeping my head at a comfortable temperature. The goggle clip is pretty much useless, it sits too low on the helmet and slides into the helmet from the bottom up. If you use goggles that have some type of non slip on the inside of the strap you shouldn't have a problem unless you slam hard, tomahawk, or something like that. The interface between this helmet and my Iris goggles is seamless...Nobody wants gaper gap.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

good bib but should be great
3 5

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

I made the change from the powslayer to super alpine bibs because of the fit. I wanted something less baggy but still a bulletproof bib that could take a lot of abuse. The medium fits me well at 5'8" 150. I use these touring with a ski boot and the cuffs fit well over my boot. I like the chest pockets for bars/snack and my beacon doesn't really interfere with access. The reason I don't think these are great is there is nowhere to dump heat. The side zips only have a single zipper on the top and bottom not leaving you with a good option to dump heat. Other than that lower pockets don't hold much. Even though I've only used these a few times so far this season I'm confident they will hold up, patagonia has always treated me very well.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

Good goggle
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally back out west and on all the new gear I picked up for the season and I have to say these goggles have made my eyes very happy so far. Been out in these on bluebird and snowy days and they have been clear for as far as the eye can see. My favorite feature is how tight the interface is with the POC receptor bc I have. No gaper gap and I haven't been using the goggle clip (which is pretty much useless) but this is the goggle review so back to business. The non slip grip on the strap is killer, I'm hoping it passes the test of time. I only gave this 3 stars due to price and the fact that I haven't used it very much yet. I'll update the review after I use them more.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

Not just a powder board
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lets face it, when most of us go into the back country we want to ride powder but sometimes things don't always go as planned and you have to be prepared for variable conditions. Such a simple idea, a short wide board with a big nose, holds an edge amazing on hard pack, responsive, and fun to ride. It's my go to board when touring in the wasatch. I like riding it most in powder but I can be confident that this board won't leave me wanting something else strapped to my feet mid day. With such a big nose skinning on this board can be different from what most are use to just be sure to plant that foot well and use the contact patch under foot to your advantage, this board is not as forgiving as other board with longer tails. It's more light weight than a lot of other boards though due to the size. Don't be afraid of a 156 being dubbed a powder board, it has float for days.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a medium for my 161 carbon but I can also use these on my 156 hovey. I would recommend following the manufacturers size ranges but this does work for me. These skins have been in the quiver going on their second season. The glue held up really well through heavy use last winter then in south america this summer I noticed some glue sticking to the base. It's time for some new glue on this set. I didn't take very good care of these in these. In the summer months preceding SA they were rolled up in a very hot truck as I road tripped across the country. I think this had a lot to do with the glue going bad after 1 1/2 seasons. Im still really impressed by these for their climbing potential. You can go strait up pretty much whatever you want, which is not always a good thing as I found out in Chile but thats another story. The major difference aside from the climbing potential between this skin and the alpinist is the glide. This skin offers almost no glide on flats and you need a decent slope to get them going and ski down. This is a trade off though, if you tour with billly goats get these skins, if you want to conserve energy on the flats or have long approaches to get to your zones these are not the skin for you.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd used this skin for three seasons on two a few different setups average about 60 days/year on them and haven't had to re-glue yet. Originally bought a short for my 156 hovey split and simply adjust the tail clip and give it a little stretch when I want to use them for my 161 carbon. I would recommend a medium for a 161 but if you already have a short they will work. The glide and traction on this skin is a really nice happy medium compared to the high traction g3's I also have. You get great traction even when taking a steeper up track and can cruise right down the small rollers or skate a bit with your stride. The negative I find with these skins is when you get onto an icy skin track there can be a lot of slipping. Ice is never a walk in the park though. The High tractions I have require a pretty decent slope to get any significant glide but can climb strait up anything you put in its path. Take care of these and they'll last you. I never use skin savers/pouches in the winter when touring but when the season comes to an end ill store them on the saver and in the original pouch in a cool place.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these climbing blocks on my old split setup as well as the new hard boot setup. they're light, durable, and easy to install. the climbing wires support my weight well (5'8" 150 lbs). the first set lasted a full season of touring, about 80 days. the larger wire is massive and your skins or skinning technique will limit you're uphill travel before the blocks. I'm my opinion they're barely necessary unless you tour in a place similar to the wasatch where skin tracks go strait up the mountain. just my 2 cents.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

Pricey but worth it
4 5

Bought the vario 15 after using a bca last season. I like the versatility of the Vario. 15l is perfect for day tours. I carry shovel, probe, snow saw, snow study kit, cornice/rb rope, food/drink and there plenty of room if you want to put your skins in on the down or carry extra layers. Hopefully get to take the 40l attachment on a multi day trip soon. For my build (5'7" 145lb) this pack has been more comfortable compared to the bca.

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john lemnotis wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

awesome touring bib
5 5

I use these pants for splitboarding in the Wasatch and the rare resort day. About 30 days on them so far and they've definitely proven themselves. Pockets are perfect size for an avy notebook and pretty easy to access with gloves on. Bushwhacking during the early season snow pack when the brush is still out in full force isn't an issue, I've used my whippets for most of the early season tours and have yet to damage these things when there's an accidental graze. They're pricey but dump heat well and have a great fit around my snowboard boots. If your looking for a warm resort bib/pant these probably aren't for you.

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