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Altai Hok ski/shoes
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:32:43 PM »
I didn't want to hijack Bioguide's other post so I'm putting this out separately.

I know there's been a lot of discussion regarding the Altai Hok skis that essentially fall between true backcountry skis and snowshoes.  Anyway, if you're still considering purchasing a pair, right now LL Bean is having a 25% off sale on all items with free shipping for orders over $100.00.  With the current cost of this product (almost $315.00), that's a significant savings if you're interested in them.

One beauty of LL Bean is they have a 100% guarantee on their equipment.  If you don't like them, you can send them back at any time for a refund.  I know that some outdoor retailers have discontinued this service due to abuse of their return policy but Bean stands by it so there really isn't much to lose in this case.

BTW...I'm not a Bean employee and I don't benefit from this in any way.  I just thought folks might like to know about it.

That's all for now.  Take care and until next time...be well.

snapper

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 02:17:12 PM »
Thanks for posting this Snapper.

At the discounted price and a gift card that I had, I couldn't pass a pair up.  I purchased the 145's a few days ago.  Today, I thought, let me
get a pair of the 125's for my wife/daughter to use...  As of this moment, they were no where to be found on the LL Bean website. I keyed in the item
number TA291486 and the 145's came up but reflected as "not available online at this time".  Glad I got them when I did.  So either they sold all
of their Hok inventory, or conveniently took them off of their website...during the 25% sale....time will tell.

Thanks again.
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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 03:08:42 PM »
outbackrider - My guess is they sold out.  I think the 25% discount probably made them move out the door at a record pace.  Thankfully my pair arrived in yesterday's UPS delivery.  Now all I need is snow!

Until next time...be well.

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 09:02:59 AM »
    After I ordered mine from Campmor before Christmas the listing also stated no longer available. It's hard to say for sure why the retailers aren't selling them anymore but my guess is that Altai's online store sells them for the same price. I think it's uncommon to see manufacturers in direct competition with their retail outlets.

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 08:51:00 PM »
LL Bean and other retailers were probably unloading what they had left of the original versions of the Hoks. Last autumn, Altai Skis tweeked the climbing skins and, I believe, the amount of chamber on the Hoks.  A week or so after they announced the tweeks, I noticed the prices of Hoks dropped across the board.

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 10:35:59 PM »
Just to let folks know I have a couple pairs of these in both sizes, along with the Altai Kom (fishscale / no wax version). Ho'k 125 and 145, $185.00, with "x-trace" universal binding + $90 (extra large "Pivot" x-trace + $105), or 3-pin mountaineer + $60, or 3-pin cable + $90, or "Riva" type cable binding + $75 to $100 (used / new), climb wires + $9 pr., 15" ski strap $6; Altai Ko'm 150 cm / 162 cm $315 (bare ski, 174 cm possibly available)  Raisin'Heel! Backcountry and Telemark Equipment, Bird Hill Rd., Bethel, Maine 04217; Tel. (207) 875-2005

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2017, 05:43:19 PM »
I like the longer Altai KOM skis B/C I am an experienced XC skier and former racer. Speed is nice and longer skis give it to you.

But, I'd use the shorter Altai HOK skis (in place of snowshoes) with climbing skins for dense woods because they are short and handle well in such conditions.

Yeah, snowshoes are OK for those who won't learn to ski but skis, even HOKs, are SO much better.

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 06:27:46 PM »


Yeah, snowshoes are OK for those who won't learn to ski but skis, even HOKs, are SO much better.

Eric B.

That's a bit of a sweeping generalisation and besides, some us have medical conditions that mean taking to skis would not be a great idea.
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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 07:28:43 PM »
Skis are ok for some condition and I'm a NCCP level III coach and have work at national level as a coach and wax/ski tech for years, but good old trad snowshoes are a way better option when it come to traveling day in and days out in deep loose snow and in the bush. I have a pair of 145 HOK and they are ok in some condition, but they lack the flotation that you get with trad snowshoes, they are faster in the right condition, but slower in many other conditions. If I'm traveling on skis, I like my Fischer E99 215cm fish scales. I can somewhat turn on them, they are way faster than the HOK and they give almost the same flotation.... They are a pain in the tight bush, but I can manage them ok.  Plus snowshoes( I'm never referring to modern mountain oriented snowshoes here they are not design to float on snow like the trad are) make for a super float for the sled to follow!!

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Re: Altai Hok ski/shoes
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 03:37:19 PM »
we have some for rent or purchase at Bikes and Beyond in Winnipeg. just saying...I have the short ones and find they are much faster than snowshoes. I did manufacture my own bindings to work with my mukluks as the stock ones hurt my feet. I have not yet tried them in deep snow yet as we don't have any. were I think these work great is following a single snowmobile trail where it is to hard for snowshoes but to soft without. I have a feeling I may try my hand at making some more traditional style Siberian Hunter skiis next year.