Brand new this year the Black Diamond Glidelite 127cm Trek Snowblades with Bindings and Skins. These are the ultimate way to travel through snowy terrain and the backcountry, the GlideLite 127 Trekking ski by Black Diamond is designed for long snowy approaches and winter backcountry hiking. Featuring GlideLite skins which are integrated into the base, to allow forward glide while inhibiting backwards slide. These snowblades put snowshoes to shame with their glide-like efficiency. The 127-cm long skis strap on to any boot or shoe for quick and easy access into snowy terrain and the Unicoat base is ultra-durable and easy to care for.
These Black Diamond Glidelite 127cm Trek Snowblades with Bindings and Skins make gliding in the backcountry easy, in fact, easier than snowshoes. Great floatation, just glide forward through the snow and enjoy the backcountry.
- Integrated Glidelite skins
- Compression resistant elastic foam core
- Patented Unicoat ski base
- Weight: 1000g (2.2 lbs w/o binding)
- Length: 127cm
- Width 135-120-132mm
Heading into the backcountry? The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Pack is perfect for ease of use. Avalung ready, numerous pockets and attachments and lightweight.
Snowshoes are easy to use and have great traction, but they’re slow. Cross-country skis are quick but are less stable and require special footwear and technique. Enter Black Diamond Gliding snowblades. These combine a fat snowblade with universal bindings that fit any boots or snowboard boots too. You can glide across gentle terrain much faster than you could walk, and since 80% of the waxless base is covered with a skins, you can still head up moderate slopes without sliding backwards. The ability to go skiing while wearing your hiking or winter boots saves money and makes it easier to get out and start moving.
Flotation on these 130cm shaped skis is roughly equal to an 8×25 standard snowshoe. I weigh 170 lbs, and when I carried my 18 month-old daughter and winter clothes (about 30 pounds total), I sank in about 2”. But since the skis flex and bend as you sink, even in very soft snow I never sank much more than that, and never found myself postholing like I would have with snowshoes.
These are ideal for getting into the backcountry with the ability to maneuver easily like snowblades. On sloping trails these are a fun ride and easily ten times faster than going step by step as on snowshoes. Luckily, the two-strap bindings make for quick and easy on and offs, so you can pop them off and walk down anything that makes you uncomfortable. Bindings adjust to accommodate most any winter boot in the men’s 7 to 13 range (women’s 8-15) adjust for sizes 7-13 men’s (8-15 women’s).
Bottom line: These sliding snowblades are easy to use and a ton of fun on laid-back rolling terrain. You can’t climb like with real snowshoes or go as fast as with real cross-country skis, but for neighborhood outings or cruising along snowy trails, these are a great way to get outside more this winter.