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Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby pjc30943 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:43 am

I'm sure many of us have thought about this before, but someone is now actually starting to make snowshoes that convert to mini-skis. I think they'd not be too effective snowshoes so far (or skis for that matter), but the principal seems promising. For non-icy ascents and mellow descents I'd love to try them! It looks like they're still being machined (vs. molded), so they might be too expensive right now.

http://www.hive-outdoor.com/en/ispo-hive-snowshoes
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby mountainsandsound » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:13 am

Damn. Looks like someone beat me to my great idea. Maybe I can still invent dehydrated backcountry beer though.
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby BigMitch » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:35 am

Just after my pair of Hok 145s have arrived!
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby MoapaPk » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:02 am

The videos are on moderate slopes; the shoes don't look like they would be really good for snowshoeing up steeps.

The fixed heel option is a plus. I have a pair of Kahru wide ski/snowshoe hybrids from ca. 2003, and they did neither application very well. They had universal bindings for all boots, and I never felt that I had much control on downhills.
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby Gafoto » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:56 am

mountainsandsound wrote:Damn. Looks like someone beat me to my great idea. Maybe I can still invent dehydrated backcountry beer though.

Sorry....
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby mountainsandsound » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:28 pm

Gafoto wrote:
mountainsandsound wrote:Damn. Looks like someone beat me to my great idea. Maybe I can still invent dehydrated backcountry beer though.

Sorry....
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Doesn't quite cut it for me. I do bring along some Sailor Jerry's or some Wild Turkey for backpacking or base camp. But takin' pulls on a fifth just ain't the same as swillin' a cold brew. I'll make do with the hard alcohol for now though... until instant beer mix becomes a reality.
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby JHH60 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:53 pm

Apparently someone in Talkeetna AK has developed a concentrated beer system for the backcountry. Haven't tried it myself but it sounds like an interesting idea:

http://www.patsbcb.com/beer/43-beer/85-beer.html
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Re: Hybrid snowshoe-skis

Postby Kai » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:19 am

Those snowshoes look interesting.
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