Altai Skis Skis Universal Binding

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Altai Skis Skis Universal Binding
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Altai Skis Skis Universal Binding - The lovechild of backcountry skis and snowshoes, the Altai Skis Hok Skis are just the thing you need to complete your quiver. Developed by avid backcountry skiers inspired by the versatile skis used in the Altai Mountains, these skis are meant to be used anywhere, anytime. The universal binding on this setup makes the skis extra versatile and perfect for those looking for an economical introduction to backcountry skiing.

Fabric:

  • Balance of running base and skin material make downhill speed manageable and easy to control

Size and Dimensions:

  • Short, wide dimensions make it incredibly maneuverable

Weather and Wind:

  • 145 cm length is suitable for skiers over 175 lb. fortunate enough to find deep unconsolidated snow

Traction and Grip:

  • Integrated synthetic climbing skins provide great traction for ascents

Features:

  • ~ Two ratchet buckles secure the boot and make it easy to get on and off; similar to snowboard bindings
  • Easy-to-use ski for the backcountry
  • Steel edges for added durability
  • Single camber; twin tip tail profile; tail and tip rocker
  • Sustainable paulownia wood core is reinforced with a combination of organic natural fibers and fiberglass
  • ~ Adjusts to most boots with a flexible sole; eliminates the need for special boots for skishoeing
  • ~ Matches the hole pattern of the ski’s threaded inserts
  • ~ Good balance of control and tourability
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Activity:Backcountry
Built For:Freeride
Core Type:Paulownia wood
Shipping Surcharge:Yes
Sizes:125, 145 cm

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Altai Skis Skis Universal Binding Reviews:

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Altai Hok 145 with 3 Pin Binding

I want to comment on the Hok 145s. These are an unusual product on the market. I wasn't sure how they would handle and had a difficult time finding a write up that really gave me an accurate description. These skis are the best climbing and gripping waxless base skis I have tried. Of the seven pairs of waxless skis I own, Rossignol BC 125, Fischer S-Bound 98s, Silent Spiders, older Karhu and Alpina skis, the Hoks easily will out climb them all. As far as kick and glide, they are about as good as can be expected on the deep untracked snow that I would use them in. However it is on the down hill the Hoks get confusing. They don't glide as well as any other ski I have used, but they are not snow shoes. It probably takes 10 minutes to learn to use a pair of snowshoes. The Hoks are skis and some skiing skills are definitely needed to use them. I found that if not careful, the Hoks have the ability to out climb my ability to descend safely in wooded terrain. On gradual declines they don't really glide well, but on steep hills the Hoks will get moving and handle like short, wide, soft skis. Additionally, the natural tendency to back weight free heel skis when the terrain gets steep only makes them faster. My take on the Hoks is that they are an easily turned, slow ski that is great for the woodlands and woodland trails usually snowshoed because the terrain is too narrow or steep for more traditional skis. The one warning I would give is that they do behave as skis on steeper slopes and skiing skills are needed. Finally, I really like these skis. I am not a double black diamond skier and don't have the skills to ski the steep backcountry slides and streambeds that the better skiers ski. However the Hoks will allow me to ski the milder backcountry terrain safely.
Daval at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013

Wonderful Ski and Binding

I got a pair of 125cm Hoks and universal bindings last Christmas and have skied on them many, many times up at Mt Rainier and in the Olympic Mountains. They are truly wonderful. Light to carry, just over 6 lbs on my back and I can use my leather hiking boots in the universal binding, very snug with great control. The kick is great with the climbing skin, and the glide is good as well. The short size makes them perfect to replace my snowshoes in going uphill through trees and the downhills are a blast. The skis have a sidecut so they really want to turn; both short swing and telemark turns are easy. This is a perfect ski combo for a beginner or intermediate skier just to get out into the woods. I am something of an expert skier and enjoy this simple, light ski to go into the backcountry (a wonderful alternative to randonee equipment which is so heavy and expensive). Enjoy the Hok!
yellowstonetodd at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2013