When you want to use your own specialty snowboard in the backcountry, the MTN Approach
Ski & Backpack system is your best option. They rival the weight of snowshoes; however, unlike snowshoes, this ski/skin combo actually glides on the skin track, saving you energy and allowing you to take the same route as your two-plank backcountry buddies. At 138 cm long, these fully cambered approach skis are wide enough to keep you from floundering in deep snow, while maintaining an edge on traverses and side-hills. When you reach the top, take off the skis, fold them in thirds, and place them in the specially-designed pocket in the MTN Approach
backpack; no need to fumble with detaching skins or reconfiguring iced-up splitboard bindings. Close to 4 lbs. per ski, the MTN Approach
set-up is barely noticeable on the descent. The most exciting feature about the MTN Approach
set-up is that it allows you to ride your favorite board in the backcountry depending on the conditions, so you aren't limited to expensive splitboards that don't ride as well and are heavy. If you're ready for a backcountry snowboarding revolution, hop on a pair of MTN Approach
skis and you'll see why more and more pros are turning to the MTN system for their backcountry needs.
Paulownia wood cores
Full metal wrapped edges
Paulownia wood cores with cap construction and full metal wrapped edges
Locking Cam Hinge - These patent-pending hinges are constructed of durable fiberglass-filled nylon and feature 7075 T6 hardened aluminum cams, while PVC coated cables aid in folding operation. Together, this burly yet lightweight construction offers excellent uphill performance while providing space and weight savings as well.
Early Rise Tip - To promote flotation and rise to the surface when breaking trail
Constructed of 6061 T6 aluminum
Collapsible heel loop for side heel rigidity
Heavy-duty Polyurethane Straps - Extra wide and super durable, these straps secure your boots while remaining flexible in even the coldest temperatures.
Heel Elevator - A 70 mm heel elevator is easily activated and deactivated with the handle of your pole and aids in climbing steeper slopes.
Nylon climbing skins permanently affixed to base of skis
Designated Ski-Carry Pocket - By keeping the skis closer to your back, the pack maintains your center of gravity so you aren't thrown off on the descent. Also, with 3 grommets at the bottom of the pocket, melted snow is allowed to drain keeping the main compartment dry.
Snowboard carry straps
Outer collapsible ski pole carrier
Main compartment for backcountry essentials
Ice Ax Loop - Placed on the outside of the board carrier for easy access
Sturdy canvas Backpack total of 3.5 lbs
New color-coded zippers, whistle, hip pouch, & Camelback compatible
Fold Into a Small 5.5 x 2 x 21" Package - The combination of collapsible heel loops and two locking cam hinges enable the skis to maintain stability and control on the ascent while folding into an easily stowable package for the descent
4.5 lb (2041 g) per ski