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About Jack M

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    Software Developer, Photographer
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Kessler Alpine 168, Kessler Custom Alpine 175, Kessler Alpine 180, vintage Coiler 196 SG, Winterstick BX166w
  • Current Boots Used?
    UPZ RC10 + gray race tongues, Intuition Power Wraps, Fin-tecs, Burton Driver X
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Bomber TD3-SI, TD2-Ti-SI, 6/3 degree discs. Toe lift on front foot, heel lift and outward cant on back foot. Now O-Drive
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  • Hardbooting since

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  1. Que? It’s an article. Sherman Poppen, 89.
  2. https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2019/08/father-of-snowboarding-a-muskegon-native-dies.html
  3. Jack M

    Best jacket

    FA Designs is worth a look, made by a fellow alpiner! I've had the Subsonic (shell) and Auxiliary (insulated). The Aux is very warm but also very lightweight for an insulated jacket. The outer material is exceptionally waterproof and breathable. The zippers are tops. The hood fits over a helmet and works well. If you regularly drag body parts across frozen granular, you will want to reinforce the fabric in those areas, or look elsewhere. (Aerostitch?)
  4. Vulfpeck / Fearless Flyers. Impossible to not tap your foot!
  5. The only thing that changed was that the racing careers and public images of P and J as the torch-bearers of alpine were basically over, by their own natural progression. P&J were special, a tough act to follow that Burton could not reproduce. For the time, the gear was still awesome. Then along came Prior and the rest and they elevated the state of the art. After the PJ Burton made big efforts in alpine, like making boards AND boots for race (Factory Prime, Fire), freecarve (Ultra Prime, Alp boards, Wind boot), and all-mtn alpine (Amp, E-deck, Wire, Coil boards, Earth boot). They were even ahead of their time with softboot carvers, the Asym Air and Fusion. Market forces pushed Burton out of Alpine, and when they finally realized they had to, they divorced the Burton brand from Alpine pretty hard. That hurt, but then they STILL tried to keep it going under a new brand, R17 Addicted. These are not the actions of a company that didn't care.
  6. No, I had moved on to Bombers by the time the Physics came out.
  7. Late to the party but Burton deserves way more credit than this. Burton supported racing and alpine more than any other manufacturer, right up until they stopped in about 2003. They had full selections of race, freecarve, and all-mtn freecarve gear prominently displayed in their catalogs, starting with their first race board, the Express in 86 or 87. For many years they had as many as 3 different models of hardboots running concurrently, and 3 or 4 different models of plate bindings including step-ins. They invented 2 different kinds of step-ins, one which worked with any standard boot. For several years they offered symmetrical and asymmetrical race boards at the same time. Talk about commitment! And in the catalog, they made it look cool. In the early days, Jake Burton Carpenter was into Snurfer racing, and he thought organized racing was the future of the sport. Burton started the US Open with this intent. It wasn't until Sims became a big enough market force that Burton finally put a kick tail on a board in 1988. Their consumer race gear was as good as any production race boards could be. To say it never had a heart is way off the mark.
  8. Ok so it's a bit of an illusion. As he leaves the lip of the jump his arms and upper body are slowly rotating to his left, but he carefully keeps his skis and head pointing forward. He sticks out his arms and then uses them to wrench the rest of himself around, like a cat. I hope he had a pool or foam pit to practice this in first.
  9. Yeah, that’s what I was hinting at when I referred to the Burton Physics system. And I agree with the concern about walking.
  10. I'm super glad you are thinking about this. I agree hardboots and ski boots should look more like feet (e.g. Birkenstocks or Keens) than they do now. However boot molds are extremely expensive. Good luck finding someone to finance this mission. Mountain Slope spent over half a million dollars developing new molds for a relatively simple and traditional boot that was already designed. Your step-in design has basically already been tried many years ago by Burton with their Physics interface. The toe piece had hooks so there wouldn't need to be retractable pins in the toe of the boot. I like the idea of a better step-in, but you are talking about an infinitesimally small market. Most racers won't touch step-ins with a ten foot pole.
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