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Offline Bothwell Voyageur

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New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« on: November 01, 2016, 05:10:33 pm »
Spotted these last night on the Faber website.

https://www.fabersnowshoes.com/snowshoes/sliding-step/s-line

They have the "wing" decking used on some of their other shoes that allows forward sliding but provides grip against sliding back
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 07:06:13 pm »
Interesting.
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 09:54:05 am »
And the same to you! It was great connecting with new folk, putting faces to names and catching up with folk we had met last year.

I would like to see a side by side comparison of these with the other sliding shoes. For Canadians these are likely to offer a much more affordable alternative to those from south of the border.
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 05:17:02 pm »
These look very interesting, reminds me from the movie "Happy People", when the fur trapper makes a set of "ski snow shoes" very similar to these.

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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 01:38:26 am »
Interesting for soft snow
 I wonder how they would handle the icy porridge I have to put up with and how they would be pulling a fully laden sled uphill
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2016, 08:19:27 am »
I'd like to try a pair of these. Obviously not great in the bush because of the length. We do a lot of lake travel and the float would be an advantage. May be too narrow to leave a good track for the toboggan.

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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2016, 09:57:44 am »
Not sure about the icy porridge but the way they have attached the decks around the tubing means they will slide forward but grip against a backward motion, should be good for going up hill. It would be great if you could rent a pair to see if you liked them before dropping $250 on a pair.
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2017, 04:41:05 pm »
Speaking as a backcountry skier who uses climbing skins I LIKE this snowshoe!

I'd have bought the Faber S1 instead of my MSR Lightning Ascents and their tail extensions if it would have been on the market 7 years ago.
One suggestion: Put an "underslung" crossbar at the heel area for a flip-up heel "elevator" for comfort when ascending steep hills.

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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2017, 11:39:02 pm »
I think they will have the problem that all solid deck snowshoes have, collecting snow on top and weighing down each step you take in deep snow.
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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2017, 07:26:23 am »
They look cool but I would be concerned that the "teeth" would eventually wear through?

They need something to grab onto meaning that if the snow is packed down at all, the teeth wouldn't catch and dig in with backwards traction.

Not being a hater, I actually think they are pretty neat and keep picking them up in stores every time I see them and have come close to buying some. It's just they way the deck wraps around the tube that seems like a weak point to me.

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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2017, 07:47:15 am »
They won't work well on icy or supportable curst which is when I want snowshoes. I'll stick to my backcountry skis.

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Re: New Faber Sliding Snowshoes
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2017, 10:03:53 am »
I presume the traction wings are supposed to work like an aggressive version of the scales found on waxless skis. At one point in the video it shows a user walking up hill on quite a packed trail.

I agree that in mountainous terrain where a fall could be fatal a snowshoe with aggressive crampons would be the way to go, but in rolling forested terrain they look like a fun addition to the options for us non skiers. There are many places in Manitoba where would be very useful.

It would really good to hear from someone who has used them, although that would not provide an answer to how they hold up over the longer term.
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