SkiMo, meet ski bros. Skinsuits, meet Saucerboy. It's here, the ultimate backcountry weapon. The roots of freestyle skiing have become its future with these dedicated ski mountaineering blades. Life is too short for long skis.
Lighter gear lets you climb faster, explore further, and have more fun doing it. But expensive, exclusive ski mountaineering skis suck all the fun out of descending. And that’s why we’re walking uphill, right?
So instead of listening to the lycra-sporting crowds touting their skinny, cambered, death machines, we innovated. Instead of shaving weight incrementally, we cut it. Literally. We cut the ski in half. They weigh half as much, cost half as much, and ski twice as well as those foam-cored, boring-looking touring skis you’ve been eyeing.
Go uphill as fast as you go downhill and do both in style on our backcountry snowlerblades, the only backcountry-specific snowblade on the market. These were designed to ski one of the 50 Classic Ski Descents on a Friday, and then rip big park jumps on a Sunday. (And yes, we’ve done literally that, on the same pair of blades). Less is more. Lots, lots more.
For a pseudoscientific breakdown of why blades are better, check out this piece by Full Send blade athlete Cy Whitling: https://www.newschoolers.com/news/read/What-Ia-ve-learned
Weight: 1150g per Blade (Bamboo, Standard layup)
Steeze: 420 style points
Speed: 69 mph (probably)
BINDINGS NOT INCLUDED
Because they’re lighter, more fun, and more efficient. Backcountry skiing is hard, blades make it easier, on the up, and the down.
What’s the difference between the “Regular” and “Premium” Blades?
The “Regular” blades are the right choice for most folks just getting into backcountry snowlerblading. They use a full bamboo core with a fiberglass layup to create a blade that’s light, but very durable. If you want to ride your blades both in, and out of bounds, this is the option for you. They’ll hold up to big impacts in the terrain park better, and still be feather-light on the skin track. If you’re thinking about mounting your blades with Kingpins, Shift, Dukes, or another heavier, chargier binding, these are the blades for you.
The “Premium” blades step it up a notch. They use a Paulownia and Poplar mix core, along with a full carbon layup that saves about 180g per foot. (For reference, 180g is approximately equivalent to the weight of an adult hamster, or four pop tarts.) They use the exact same shape and rocker profile as the regular blades and feel about the same in most snow conditions, but shave some weight so you can bring an extra beer to the top. If you’re only planning to tour on your blades, and you want the lightest possible setup, this is the option for you.
Wait you actually tour on these?
Oh yes, yes indeed! We logged a whole bunch of backcountry days on snowlerblades last winter, including two of the 50 Classics, as well as countless other backcountry days. And the results were conclusive. Unless you’re just out there popping pillows into deep pow, blades are better.
But how do they do in pow?
Great. The swallowtail helps the tips plane, and our rocker profile keeps you floating happily downhill. Would we take these to Japan in January? Probably not. But the Tetons in March? Totally!
But what about skins?
We’ll have custom-sized blade skins available by the end of the summer. Alternately, outlets like Skimoco sell skins by the centimeter off the roll, if you’re looking for the lightest weight possible.
What about effective edge?
Effective edge is only as effective as the force you can deliver to it in a controlled manner. Ultralight skis with lots of effective edge length are hard to drive in firm snow because they don’t have the torsional and lateral stiffness to drive that edge consistently. Our blades have less effective edge, but they allow you to use it very, well, effectively.
What bindings should I put on these?
Whatever you have! If you don’t have any touring bindings, we highly recommend Moment’s Voyager binding for all-around touring duties. For weight weenies, we’ll be running ATK’s Trofeo binding. Massive bonus points if you mount a teli binding.
Where should I mount my bindings?
We recommend mounting them with your boot center about 51 cm from the tail. Bump them a little forward if you like to blade switch, push them a little back if you’re planning on blading a lot of pow.
The estimated ship time is September/October, just in time to get some preseason turns in.