True to their description, these are a cross between…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $259
True to their description, these are a cross between x-country skis and snowshoes and just might be the right choice for many for winter travel in the front and backcountry.
- Easy to maneuver
- Skins do a good job in climbing
- The universal bindings work well
- You have several binding options
- In steeper and icier conditions they need more traction
I rented a pair if these from a local shop to give a whirl. I rented 125's that were mounted with BC NNN bindings, I happened to have a pair of boots that worked so off I went. They were easy to maneuver with, they climb nicely, and on the way out I shaved a lot of time off versus snowshoeing.
I did go down a couple a couple of times, but I'm not an accomplished skier, far from it. I enjoyed them enough that I bought a pair of my own; I ended up going with the universal bindings. I think if I was more of a skier I'd opt for a three pin and cable setup.
My hope is with some practice the skiing skills will pick up for me and if need be I can swap in a different binding setup (they are easily setup with three pin, NNN or their universal binding).
There are limitations to the ski. It won't get me into all the places that I go with my MSR Lightnings. They simply don't have the traction that an aggressive snowshoe crampon/deck offers. I think with a little ingenuity, you could come up a with a removable crampon which would add range to these skis.
If you have snowshoed before these will seem pretty familiar. If you also happen to be a good skier you'll probably be even more pleased.
So far I'm really pleased with the Hoks, hoping with a bit more practice on the skiing end I'll be even more pleased :)