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  • Steeps
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    Hmm, that could be really interesting for getting around and exploring, then, as a snowshoe substitute.

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  • ysb33r
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    Originally posted by Steeps View Post
    Hmm, I lived in Nelson for a winter, which is hilly and very snowy (schoolchildren pack their skis to class on a snow day and ride street at lunch). My suite was way, way, way uphill from the breweries and bars... if you could rig a soft-boot binding on one of these, they would have been ideal for getting out quick and coming back easy!

    (was always tempted to skiboard down, but seemed like too much gear to pack back up)
    There is a softboot version.

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  • Steeps
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    Hmm, I lived in Nelson for a winter, which is hilly and very snowy (schoolchildren pack their skis to class on a snow day and ride street at lunch). My suite was way, way, way uphill from the breweries and bars... if you could rig a soft-boot binding on one of these, they would have been ideal for getting out quick and coming back easy!

    (was always tempted to skiboard down, but seemed like too much gear to pack back up)

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  • ysb33r
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    Originally posted by Roussel View Post
    does the heel lock? interesting idea for a skiboard touring bindings if it did. could have it on a solid plate and have 4x4 inserts.
    Yes, it actually slides back some centimetres, then locks. There is these two slots in front and you pull the lever up and forward for climbing, then up and back for downhill.

    Then at the back is a little slot which locks it down

    Sent from my Mi Note 10 Pro using Tapatalk

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  • Roussel
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    does the heel lock? interesting idea for a skiboard touring bindings if it did. could have it on a solid plate and have 4x4 inserts.

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  • ysb33r
    started a topic Crossblades

    Crossblades

    Crossblades - marketed to be a crossover between snowhoes and skiblades.

    I managed to get hold of a pair of Crossblades from the Swiss company Inventra. I was really curious about them and I had two questions that I wanted to get answered for myself:
    • How well do they function as a snowshoe on different terrain?
    • How well do they ski downhill?
    I have been fortunate as we just had a 25cm dump of snow and I got to test them in soft, deep snow as well as groomed, hard snow and this is what I think of them after a couple of hours out.

    Overview

    Crossblades are in effect a plastic showshoe-like shell with a non-release binding on top. It can be used with any sturdy boot which has heel and toe protrustions including hardhell snowborad boots and stiff mountaineering boots. The binding as a locked position for skiing downhill as well as a free-heel position for climbing. It also as single height positioneer at the back as many showshoes have.

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    The binding itself has metal brackets, but most parts are plastic. This is remiscint of the old bindings on Big Foots and on cheap skiblades. Two green kevlar cords are used to keep the toe and heel pieces from moving around. I reckon this is causing movement and does not provide a tight binding around the boot.

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    The bottom is changed by unclipping the green clip at the back. It is a typical base that can be found on cheaper skis and the opposite side is a skin used for climbing. There is no teeth or pins that are typically on snowshoes which means that this should not be taken on icy terrain. It is primarily meant for terrain which has some cover of snow.

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    For ascent it works quite wellm but it should be treated as small touring ski rather than a snowshoe. Uphill movement is more in line with the fotward glide movement of a touring ski than the lift and drag of a snowshoe. It holds up well in deeper snow due to the overhanging plastic lips than run 90% of the length of the device.

    Ski profile

    The boards come with a 4.5mm sidecut over the full length of the ~68cm ski, but the actual running length when unhinged is only about 9cm! Due to the way the board is strapped in to the plastic shell, the running length is actually longer, but most of the ski seems to be rockered.

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    The very rockered contour can be seen in both pictures. The platic shell tip adds an additional float when in deeper snow.

    How does it actually ski?

    The feeling is probably closer to a 75cm Bantam skiboard, but there is not much of a cambered feeling. On hardpack it can be turned with some edge, but slarving is probably the best way, which comes about with a little practice. In deeper snow the plastic shell provides additional flotation which makes up for the rather small underfoot ski. I found that it did not sink into the deeper snow, but it was not fast either.

    Summary

    If one is used to skiboarding, the transition to skiing this downhill would be easy, but not necessarily great fun. The amount of plastic in the binding suggests that this is not something that will last under daily usage. It is more a case of recreational snowshoeing and saving time for the descent on a trail. I would not consider it a serious piece of equipment of backcountry usage. Also stay away from icy terrain on this.

    All in all if you have visitor that you want to take out somewhere for the day, like a snowy trail through the woods, this might be useful device to get them on to.
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