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Old 03-25-2017, 09:31 AM   #1
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Adirondack "Snoskishoe"

While winter isn't completely over I'm already thinking & planning for next winter. You should be too. For those that enjoy hunting, hauling a sled, skiing, and snowshoeing in the back county's rolling hills and flats consider a pair of these:

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Patterned after Russian hunting skis I had these custom made last year which I dubbed "Adirondack Snoskishoes". They perform well as demonstrated. They have superior flotation in deep snow and are "just my speed". The craftsman commissioned to build the skis has agreed to build a limited number (5 pairs) this coming summer. They will be shipped in late September 2017. I currently have three orders and thought I would get the word out to others that may be interested in ordering a pair. Orders need to be in by the end of April. The cost, for these custom skis, made in Vermont, are $575/pair. They do not include the skins or bindings. Contact me for further ordering details.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:11 PM   #2
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Looks similar to Altai hok ski.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:12 AM   #3
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Looks similar to Altai hok ski.
I would say they are more similar to Russian/Siberian Hunting skis. Which are twice as wide as the Hok's and provided a significant improvement in flotation. The skins are removable and can be customized as well.

The Hok's, which I own as well, were patterned (down in my opinion) after Eurasian skis to target the north american consumer.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:43 PM   #4
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Very cool!
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:34 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:16 AM   #6
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Justin,

I figured with those mad dh skillz you have i.e. ripping double diamonds and jumps that you'd already have a pair of Hoks for the wilderness.

I bet if you did those fancy slowshoes would be collecting dust in your closet like my many pairs are...

The Adirondack shoes are cool and are much like trapper skis of Siberia, but my issue would actually be the width.

One reason I like skiing more than snowshoeing is the width difference. I can keep my feet at a much more natural, for me, gait. 100mm underfoot is now issue to keep the feet in their natural stance, but wider than my boots, say 150 or so and I have more of a tendency to catch the inside edges.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:19 PM   #7
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I figured with those mad dh skillz you have i.e. ripping double diamonds and jumps that you'd already have a pair of Hoks for the wilderness.

I bet if you did those fancy slowshoes would be collecting dust in your closet like my many pairs are...
Yeah I'm definitely no longer the ski junky that I was in my late teens & early twenties. One of these years I'll get back into backcountry skiing again. I really like the ski-shoe concept & design, and often wish that I had something similar on certain trips.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:41 PM   #8
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Fancy and exciting

The first pair of 4 pairs of trekking skis' fresh out of the press. 145 x 22 cm ~70mm tip rise, & P-tex bases.



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Old 09-22-2017, 01:26 PM   #9
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Interested to find out how they work for you. Maybe it's just the photo, but the tips look like they could catch shrub stems and little saplings.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:27 AM   #10
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I might try them if they had SIDECUT so they could TURN!
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:46 AM   #11
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The shape of the tips + notch make me think they are meant for climbing skins. I put a similar tail notch in my bc xc skis to wrap a trimmed skin to the upper side where a small screw makes an attachment point. A good way to help keep the skin in place. I did this after losing one in deep snow. Found the details on the net.
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The shape of the tips + notch make me think they are meant for climbing skins. I put a similar tail notch in my bc xc skis to wrap a trimmed skin to the upper side where a small screw makes an attachment point. A good way to help keep the skin in place. I did this after losing one in deep snow. Found the details on the net.
I think you're right. The little nobs on the tips will allow use of the "D" ring on a skin that is much narrower than these boards. Narrow skins would work so long as you don't try to do any steep traversing where the ski would be up on edge. That would be difficult to do with a ski this wide anyway. After climbing up, you will want to go down, therefore my concern for sidecut remains.

Standard tail clip attachment would work with these skis.
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I think you're right. The little nobs on the tips will allow use of the "D" ring on a skin that is much narrower than these boards. Narrow skins would work so long as you don't try to do any steep traversing where the ski would be up on edge. That would be difficult to do with a ski this wide anyway. After climbing up, you will want to go down, therefore my concern for sidecut remains.

Standard tail clip attachment would work with these skis.
Yes the notches are for skins. Watch the video posted in my first post and you will see they have full skins on them and the type of bindings used. Regarding side cut: They are really for hauling a toboggan of gear behind you on the flats and rolling hills. They are not meant for steep downhill skiing thus no side cut. Overall they float better than snowshoes and work well for an older, slower type of individual, like me, that still gets out in the winter and wants to enjoy some rolling hill "downhill" action after cutting the trail.

Here is a pick of the 2nd pair of four:



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Yes the notches are for skins. Watch the video posted in my first post and you will see they have full skins on them and the type of bindings used. Regarding side cut: They are really for hauling a toboggan of gear behind you on the flats and rolling hills. They are not meant for steep downhill skiing thus no side cut. Overall they float better than snowshoes and work well for an older, slower type of individual, like me, that still gets out in the winter and wants to enjoy some rolling hill "downhill" action after cutting the trail.

Here is a pick of the 2nd pair of four:]
That's some good looking tiger maple you have in there!
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