Discussion in 'Winter Camping' started by stevep, Jan 5, 2017.
i have a pair coming from bean but was wondering what to expect when they hit the snow. thanks
I have never used them.
But please let us know what you think when you do.
I'm all curious about them.
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Haven`t used the Altai Hoks, but I have a pair of russian hunting skiis.
Very specialized Equipment. Good in loose snow and fairly flat terrain.
Not so good in slopes, unless going straight Down.
I tend to use ordinary cross country skiis, as they (IMO) Works best, 90 percent of the time, in my part of the Woods.
Bought mostly in a moment of "gear mania".
The skiis are on the right.
I've got two pairs- 125 and 145 (couldn't pass up a very sweet deal on a lightly used pair!); works out well when my wife goes- when she doesn't I choose based on snow conditions
I have the universal bindings so you can wear any boot; if you happen to be an avid skier I think a three pin backcountry binding w/ the ability to lock your heel would be a better choice- I'm not much of skier so no worries there
The incorporated skin lets these skis really climb; if it's extremely steep/icy snowshoes with aggressive crampons would be a much better choice
I've found the skis to be just a little quicker than snowshoes heading up a drainage; heading back out they are much quicker than snowshoes
I ended getting a tiak last year- it's a traditional, tall wooden pole- in lieu of two poles- I've found it helps me turn easier on down hills used like a rudder, I can also slow myself better by augering it in
These haven't replaced snowshoes for me, but they are chosen often when I don't have any extreme terrain to cover
I did have a pair of traditional backcountry x-country skis that I did end up selling- I find the Hoks much more to my liking
I have a pair of 145s. They climb good. Used them skijorging with the dogs. The hardest problem is I am not use to the width and the looseness of the boots. I have skied downhill and back country for 52 years. It is just different with the universal binding. I kee; learking. They remind me of the old bearpaws from the 70s.
Did you try a search here? There was a good bit of talk about them last year I think. I know a number of members bought them and seemed to like them, but impressions beyond that are probably around here.
They won't replace snowshoes for me but they are a great tool in the toolbox.
They fit quite handily and out of sight in the back of my little jeep for emergencies.
thanks for all the info.
I don't know how expensive they are but still seems to me you could make a pair out of old water skis .
I have a pair. Used them a couple of times but still not sure if I like it. I am not a downhill person (never really ski before) and I don't think this could replace my snowshoes.
I plan to use them again some times this winter and see if I sold or trade them for a standards backcountry skis.
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