Sporten Free Walk Backcountry Gliding Snowblades with Skins allow you to smoothly glide through the backcountry. Have a relaxing quiet day in the woods, exploring and getting away from it all. These FreeWalk Snowblades provide excellent floatation in the snow, equal to or even better than snowshoes. Imagine the floatation of snowshoes without having to pick your feet off the ground each step. Intended for adults. Built in, permanent custom skins allow forward glide, while stopping backward sliding on hills. These come with pre-mounted Outlander Padded Snow boot Bindings for multi-size fit. Rachet quick adjust buckles.
Not intended for downhill resort riding.
Wood core, cap construction with pre-mounted bindings.
Turn Radius: 13.6
Warranty: 1 year
These make gliding in the backcountry easy, in fact, easier than snowshoes. Great floatation, just glide forward through the snow and enjoy the backcountry. Also referred to as Ski Trekkors, these are super fun to play in the woods.
- Integrated Glidelite skins
- Compression resistant elastic foam core
- Patented Unicoat ski base
- Weight: 1000g (2.2 lbs w/o binding)
- Length: 120cm
- 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. Sporten Sliding Snowblades combine a fat snowblade with snowshoe bindings. You can kick and glide across gentle terrain much faster than you could walk, and since 80% of the base is covered with climbing skins, you can still head up moderate slopes without sliding backwards. The ability to go snowblading while wearing your hiking or winter boots saves money and makes it easier to get out and start moving.
They aren’t as fast as real cross-country skis, and don’t have the grip of a real snowshoe, but the Sporten Freeride are ideal for day-touring through the rolling snow covered forests, and breaking trail on the unplowed side streets. 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 this winter.