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Offline lare

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30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« on: November 13, 2010, 04:03:30 pm »
Well Steambender, here is your "new Siberian ski."  Leave it to the "Yoopers:"  Go to www.marquette-backcountry.com,  and you will read about a new ski, made in Michigan's UP, for that kind of terrain.  It costs $179 and is about 140 cm long (about the same as your normal ski pole), and 140mm wide - 130 at the waist.  It is a no-wax ski made to take any kind of binding, including the Berwyn.  I also just looked at the new Bean Outdoor catalog and found they offer a set of Boreal Skis:  130cm long, 120mm x 90 x 115 wide.  This ski comes with a Berwyn binding mounted for $225. 

That UP ski looks pretty interesting:  get a set of those cable bindings from Coleman's Surplus for ten or fifteen bucks and put them on those skis - you're good to go.    Lare

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Re: 30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 05:08:17 pm »
That looks like great fun.
( Congratulations on that neat website from marquette !)

I woold prefer the steel edges on the Boreal's. Those Marquette edges won't last long I,m afraid. And how long will the large scales last when snowconditions are far from ideal ?

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Re: 30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 12:14:09 am »
interesting....but they are made from something other than wood....so not my thing personally.

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Re: 30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 04:28:17 pm »
These skis look really interesting, especially when combined with telemark boots.

I didn't see the specs on the website so I inquired:

Length = 140cm
Width = 150 Tip- 130 Foot - 140 Tail
weight = ~9.5 pounds per pair

rise in tip 4" rise over 10" run

camber? none


Given their features and intended use these seem most similar to telemark skis. I did a little checking and modern superplastic telemark skis weigh about 6 lbs per pair.

I'd be very interested to try a pair but not buy if they turn out to be an overweight novelty item.

Keep your eyes out for reviews.

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Re: 30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010, 04:37:21 pm »
This would be an interesting item for Mike at The Canoeist in Two Harbors to add to the rental fleet. Hint hint...Mike I hope you are reading this.

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Re: 30%snowshoe, 70% ski
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 06:45:53 am »
Really neat idea. Would love to see something made from wood.

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