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Jonathan Shefftz (jshefftz1) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Jonathan Shefftz

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Open your mind to the post Steve Barnett era...
I long ago opened my mind to nordic backcountry touring gear. I even still own such gear. But then I opened my mind to ultralight rando racing gear. (Well, first it had to come into existence, t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 28, 7:09am

So maybe I really am repeating myself now...
I’ll admit that now I finally might very well be repeating myself, but to clarify the state-of-the-market in response to some recent posts: Skis are all very similar (except for the even light...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 20, 3:49pm

Exactly...
Exactly: you can (and you indeed deed) assemble a reasonably light ski mountaineering setup on the cheap, that will perform reasonably well across the entire spectrum of moderate-angle touring, th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 18, 1:01pm

A niche market unrelated to BPL...
The Hok certainly fills a niche, but a very specialized one for short-distance snowplay, not BPL’s lightweight efficient travel (for which rando race gear excels across a wide spectrum of terrain...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 16, 8:11am

As I wrote before, the Hok is probably great for a little winter snowplay fun...
I agree that people certainly have different desires for outdoor winter recreation. For example, perhaps a little snowplay in the woods close to home, a casual short outing in the backcountry, or ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 7:56pm

Rando race gear is the best for extended nordic touring, prices vary, and selection is finally good in U.S.
"Rando gear is designed specifically for racing" -- The design goal is the ultimate in efficiency for the alpine environment. So is it overbuilt for lower-angle backcountry touring? Ye...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 4:02pm

Rando Race Gear
Information on rando race gear is unfortunately hard to come by in North America, but both the information and available selection are growing at a rapid rate. The bindings are unfortunately very ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 3:06pm

Sure, if you want cheap heavy inefficient gear that sort of works...
Nick, yes, if the focus were along the lines of, here's something that's rather heavy and inefficient compared to the optimal gear on the market for this kind of application, but hey it wor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 2:50pm

How is lightweight multi-day travel *not* long distance?
How can multi-day backcountry travel in a lightweight style not add up to long distances? Oh, that's right, if you have a really wide ski with inefficient bindings that amount to driving with ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 2:14pm

Informing readers about the superiority of rando race gear is not trolling
I don’t see how restricting my posting to my expertise in on-snow travel gear constitutes trolling. (By contrast, I *read* articles and posts on other topics.) It is a well-known fact (among th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 15, 11:04am

All Reader Reviews by Jonathan Shefftz

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Patagonia Spraymaster
I bought this in part motivated by a glowing review in Backpacker magazine, plus this review from Outside: http://outside.away.com/outside/gear/gear.tcl?gear=Patagonia-Spraymaster&gear_id=2461&am...

In Clothing - Raingear
May 31, 6:49pm

Wild Things Epic Wind Shirt
Note: this is for the non-hooded partial-zip pullover model. The downsides: - Heavy by BPL standards, although then again, we’re talking just a few ounces of excess over my Helly Hanson Mars or Mo...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 31, 6:31pm

Camp XLH95 Harness
After using this harness for two days of training on snow (but not a real glacier) and a few indoor practice sessions, I finally used it for real the last two days on Mt Baker. (We hiked up to the ba...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
July 05, 1:15pm