MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016

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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 2016
 
3.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Powder (5)
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    • Was this a gift?:
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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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 2016:

    Not fit for backcountry travel.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 2016:

    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Really wanted to love these but ultimately disappointed

    By 

    from Dillon, CO

    About Me Expert

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

      Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016:

      When I began consideration of taking in skinning / splitboarding for the first time, I tripped across the Mtn Approach system and instantly thought "That's it!". I was a little intimidated by what I perceived as the complex transition of split boards. I thought I'd be in for at least $1500+ for a decent set up. And I just loved that the approach skis are just a different, er, approach. I like innovation.

      When I received them, they're as gorgeous in person, maybe more, than in pics. Even my split boarding friends who were skeptical gave them props on their looks. And the backpack is a great piece of equipment in its own right.

      But my inaugural night up, after skinning to the top of Arapahoe Basin, I went to do my first top-of-mountain transition, and one of the hinges was frozen in place. I instantly tore off the small cable trying to get the hinge to open, but it never did. I ultimately went downhill with one of the two skis only half folded and sticking out of the top of the backpack above and behind my head like a flag.

      Back at home, when the skis were room temperature, the hinge opened again. So I replaced it with the extra hinge included when I bought the system. (Love that!). But the next night out, a hinge froze up again.

      When I contacted Mtn Approach, the guys were nice but the response was a bit of a head-scratcher. I got empathy (Dude, we hate it when that happens...) and a suggestion to take a "skele-tool" with me up the hill -- something to always have on hand to pry the hinges loose when they freeze up. Clearly this is a known issue, and I know that happens. But there's nothing in their marketing materials that says, "In the cold, there's a decent chance the hinges which are the key to our product won't actually work."

      In short, I really love their performance on-ski. But at transition time, they just don't work as advertised.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      2.0

      Dissappointing

      By 

      from Turnagain,Hatcher Pass,Thompson Pass AK

      About Me Expert

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast transistion

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Powder

      Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016:

      I have owned this system for over a year now and have to say. I am dissappointed. The idea is there, the design is there, however the reliability in the backcountry is not. I am a broke coolege student who invested in the skis because it was a little bit of a cheaper alternative to a splitboard. I used these skis over 80 days last year skinning around Alaska, and they worked well for awhile. However I had to replace 2 composite hinges, 2 rubber straps and some frustration. I did receive a replacement from the warranty department for one hinge, however it took time. And when your homies are out shredding their splitboards and your messing with your skis, it's a bummer. I think that they are currently overpriced, with needs of improvements. I would wait awhile until they upgrade their design. The total weight for the skis is a little under 8 lbs. Not bad for a short day trip. Anything more than 10 miles a day, you want a splitboard.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love my Mtn Approach

      By 

      from Washington

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Powder
        • Speed

        Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016:

        I use this system for side country, day trips, and multi day yurt trips. It has increased my confidence by being able to ride my solid boards that I am most comfortable on in backcountry situations. My change over time is super fast and the weight on my pack has not been an issue while riding or climbing. I find myself using this system much more frequently that I ever did on my split. I can pack it in my board bag when traveling via plane and pretty much always keep it in my truck so I am ready for a spontaneous mission.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        like

        By 

        from Montana

        About Me Expert

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Powder

          Comments about MTN Approach Skis & Backpack 2016:

          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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 2016:

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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