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MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016

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Product Info

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.

Product Details

Material

Paulownia wood cores

Full metal wrapped edges

Construction

Paulownia wood cores with cap construction and full metal wrapped edges

Cap construction

Locking Cam HingeThese 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.

Full Camber

Early Rise TipTo promote flotation and rise to the surface when breaking trail

Binding

Constructed of 6061 T6 aluminum

Collapsible heel loop for side heel rigidity

Heavy-duty Polyurethane StrapsExtra wide and super durable, these straps secure your boots while remaining flexible in even the coldest temperatures.

Heel ElevatorA 70 mm heel elevator is easily activated and deactivated with the handle of your pole and aids in climbing steeper slopes.

Climbing Skin

Nylon climbing skins permanently affixed to base of skis

Backpack

35 L

Designated Ski-Carry PocketBy 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 LoopPlaced 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

Additional Features

Fold Into a Small 5.5 x 2 x 21" PackageThe 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

Specs

  • Core Material: Wood
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
Size (cm) 138
Tip Width (mm) 140
Waist Width (mm) 110
Tail Width (mm) 130
Weight (g) 2041

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MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2015
 
3.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Powder (3)
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1.0

Not fit for backcountry

By 

from Skin Track, MTN

About Me Expert

Pros

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy
    • Not Dependable

    Best Uses

    • Snowmobiling

    Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2015:

    Not fit for backcountry travel.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    4.0

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    By 

    from Montana

    About Me Expert

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Powder

      Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2015:

      my split board sucks, this is the best option for backcountry snowboarding. easy to use. I've been out on them a ton and i have never broken a strap, the straps are easy to use and durable - even when it's -20 outside.

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      • No
       
      3.0

      Awesome, Fast, Easy but HEAVY, and a bit

      By 

      from Whistler

      About Me Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Fast Set Up
      • Get's You Up Hill

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Flimsy
      • Flimzy
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Bankcountry
      • Powder
      • Shot Trips

      Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2015:

      I got this system because I liked the concept.

      Okay, here's my take. Weight going up hill is not an issue. Going down takes a bit of getting used to. But on Pow, it's really not too bad.

      However I do most of my riding via Whistler/Blackcomb, so I take the chairs up. In backcountry it's totally fine, but when I come back into the ski resort, after climbing all day with a heavy pack, my legs are shot. The pack feels heavy, sometimes I have to get on my toe side and use the arms to get up (It's too heavy to simply stand up.)

      The weight affects my riding tremendously on the groomers and ice. Keep in mind though, in the back country, it's simply not an issue. It's the HOME trip that I have some measure problems with.

      I have a splitboard as well, an older Prior and this set up is lighting fast compared to my split.

      ONE MORE THING: I do NOT trust the straps. I was out in backcountry and I was scared shxtless that I would snap the flimsy rubber snaps. The way the straps are attached to the ski is extremly simple, nuts and bolts. Last thing you want is to loose the bolt or snap the rubber strap, getting you stuck in the deep pow.

      My OPINON: NO BUY> WAIT a couple of more years until they develop a better system for the straps, use lighter ski mateiral, unless you are a DIY type of a guy/gal, always ready with back up straps and tools and are used to walking around with a heavy backpack. But it does get you out there, and that's where it counts. And you can choose your own board.

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      5.0

      This product rocks!

      By 

      from Breckenridge, CO

      About Me Expert

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish
      • Tough

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Powder

        Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2015:

        These skis are super great to access the backcountry with. I am small and wear a women's size 5.5 boot, and they fit! Not too heavy either, definitely comparable to snowshoes, but waaaaay faster.

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