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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2015, 01:42:28 pm »
I agree with kiggy, this dilemma will last forever. I have been known to xc ski with a pair of snowshoes strapped on my back.
The driest snow is high desert snow.

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2015, 01:49:36 pm »
I agree with kiggy, this dilemma will last forever. I have been known to xc ski with a pair of snowshoes strapped on my back.

I do this all of the time!

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2015, 02:59:18 pm »
Me too!  There are a lot of times here where if I'm really going to get the benefit of the skis I'll need to pack out a track beforehand.  By snowshoeing in to a place I'll usually be able to ski back out.  Even around my house, when we get a major storm I'll always pack out the ski trail with my snowshoes first.  If I don't, all I'll be doing is breaking trail the entire time I'm out; although my wife will get the benefit of my efforts since she's still a real skinny Minnie and I'm not  ;D

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

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2015, 01:53:42 pm »
I use snowshoes only in steep terrain, my ski size is 123cm x 23cm, they perform much better in deep snow then snow shoes

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2015, 01:56:18 pm »
What skis are you using?

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2015, 03:20:56 pm »
What skis are you using?
they are custom build, not brand name. got them from Siberia. will post picture latter

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2015, 05:04:18 pm »

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2015, 07:48:51 pm »
For some reason I can't add attachments, not enough posts to post a picture?

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2015, 12:09:30 am »
Best way I find is to use a photo hosting site like photobucket.
For some reason I can't add attachments, not enough posts to post a picture?

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2015, 12:31:08 pm »
I once did a test on floatation in deep powder snow. With no skis or snowshoes on, I sunk up to my crotch, about 4 ft of pure powder, very dry. If you melted down a whole measuring tube of this stuff 4 ft high you might get a teaspoon of water.

I tried three modes of transport: xc skis, 215 cm length; xl Ojibway snowshoes; and lg Alaskan snowshoes. The xc skis were almost worthless, I found myself constantly tipping forward or backward or side to side, in addition to sinking down about 18 inches. It was hard to make any progress.

The Ojibway snowshoes offered pretty good floatation, but I found the shoes constantly tipping forward, which felt uncomfortable. The Alaskans were the best, better floatation and the toes did not sink down, the shoes remained level. I was able to make good progress through the snow.

I would like to try shorter, wider skis to see how they do in deep powder.

The driest snow is high desert snow.

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2015, 12:54:21 pm »
How wide were your skis, and how heavy are you??

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2015, 02:39:09 pm »
Skis are 5 cm wide. I weigh about 86.4 kg (190 lbs) with all my winter clothes on.
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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #27 on: December 24, 2015, 03:58:21 pm »
I do have similar skis, fischer E99, 215cm, but I'm a bit heavier than you at 230lbs out of bed.... And I'm with you regarding floatability, that said, I never experienced the "tippyness" you are talking about. I don't think I would replace my snowshoes by skis, but have both. Unless I could make myself a pair of skis like the Siberian or Sammie people use/ used, super wide, look like they were about 6-8 inches wide and maybe 4 feet long. I think these would give you comparable floatation as snowshoes and be a bit faster. Bu tI think snowshoes are what I like. I want a pair of  Innu bear paws or elbows but I think I'll have to make them!!

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #28 on: December 24, 2015, 04:27:30 pm »
I hear ya on the snowshoes. There is an old story told around these parts from back in the 60's. A hunter got trapped in heavy snow up in the Salmon River country and dies. This is steep country, straight up, straight down. They tried everything to get him out, men on skis, horses, finally two men on snowshoes pulling a toboggan got him out.

If I could only take one method of travel, I would take the snowshoes, probably the 12 x 60 Ojibway's.
The driest snow is high desert snow.

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Re: Altai skishoeing
« Reply #29 on: December 24, 2015, 04:52:47 pm »
To get this back on topic, I think that you will like the Hoks.

Mike
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