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ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding

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  • ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding

    The lovechild of backcountry skis and snowshoes, the Altai Skis Hok Skis are just the thing you need to complete your quiver. Developed by avid backcountry skiers inspired by the versatile skis used in the Altai Mountains, these skis are meant to be used anywhere, anytime. The universal binding on this setup makes the skis extra versatile and perfect for those looking for an economical introduction to backcountry skiing.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Easy-to-use ski for the backcountry
    • Short, wide dimensions make it incredibly maneuverable
    • Integrated synthetic climbing skins provide great traction for ascents
    • Balance of running base and skin material make downhill speed manageable and easy to control
    • Steel edges for added durability
    • Sustainable paulownia wood core is reinforced with a combination of organic natural fibers and fiberglass
    • Single camber; twin tip tail profile; tail and tip rocker
    • Universal binding included:
      ~ Matches the hole pattern of the skiís threaded inserts
      ~ Good balance of control and tourability
      ~ Adjusts to most boots with a flexible sole; eliminates the need for special boots for skishoeing
      ~ Two ratchet buckles secure the boot and make it easy to get on and off; similar to snowboard bindings
    • 145 cm length is suitable for skiers over 175 lb. fortunate enough to find deep unconsolidated snow

  • ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding

    Built For Freeride
    Core Type Paulownia wood
    Sizes 125, 145 cm
    Primary Use Backcountry
    Shipping Surcharge Yes

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        5.0

        Wonderful Ski and Binding

        By yellowstonetodd

        from Olympia, WA

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              Comments about ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding:

              I got a pair of 125cm Hoks and universal bindings last Christmas and have skied on them many, many times up at Mt Rainier and in the Olympic Mountains. They are truly wonderful. Light to carry, just over 6 lbs on my back and I can use my leather hiking boots in the universal binding, very snug with great control. The kick is great with the climbing skin, and the glide is good as well. The short size makes them perfect to replace my snowshoes in going uphill through trees and the downhills are a blast. The skis have a sidecut so they really want to turn; both short swing and telemark turns are easy. This is a perfect ski combo for a beginner or intermediate skier just to get out into the woods. I am something of an expert skier and enjoy this simple, light ski to go into the backcountry (a wonderful alternative to randonee equipment which is so heavy and expensive). Enjoy the Hok!

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              5.0

              Started off with 125cm went for 145's

              By Tundra

              from Williston, VT

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              Pros

              • Climbing Is Awesome
              • F-4 Glide Wax On Whole Sk
              • Helps With Glide On Flats
              • Stiffer Boots Help A Lot

              Cons

              • Universal Bind Shaky

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                Comments about ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding:

                Had a problem with universal binding jamming on a day with 10 inches of fresh powder. The Company called me on a Sunday and he recreated the problem and was able to let me know how to unjam the binding. He also gave me a secret weapon. He told me to use Swix F-4 glide wax on the whole ski and buts hit in diagonally on the climbing skins. Then my glide became more like a true cross-country glide and a lot of fun. I had brand new Columbia WP snow boots good to -45 but they were very soft. Switched from the 125's to the 145's with telemark bindings and my Alico Backcountry boots and started carving sweet turns on steeper slopes while they still climbed really well! Can't remember having to herringbone more than a few times! They also worked great at 40 degrees in January thaw and 2 days later at 25 degrees with icy crust. And at - 20 with windchill down to -36. Only had to reapply the glide wax 3-4 times for the whole winter. The longer ski with a true telemark boot will do some great backcountry service. Even had them at a Downhill Ski resort. The 125's were very hard to handle but the 145's with the stiffer boots and bindings did well on groomed and even better off trail in fresh. My Telemark skis are 165's but these new AS skis are fat and I don't sink in as much as even my backpacking snowshoes. And snowshoeing is boring compared to these. They may not be as fast as my older skis but their climbing is awesome and the Glide Wax makes them fun as it eases up the brakes. If you are not good at carving then I would recommend them still. More fun than snowshoes and the braking action adds safety on steeper slopes for those who are not able to carve. I gave pairs to my Dad 80 years old and my mom 77. They are easier than snowshoeing as you can still just walk forward without having to lift up the shoe to break trail. And for them the braking going down small hills make them manageable and not scary. Once I added the glide wax I really gave my dog a run for the money! My old wooden Holmenkollens when waxed right can outrun my dog but these new skis ability to perform in all conditions was great and the short length makes them great for bushwacking! And my cross-country skis are 205's so these fit in my biggest snowshoe bag with my collapsible poles making them handy to carry with a dog on leash heading back home.

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                5.0

                Lots more fun than "normal" XC skis

                By Salmotrutta

                from Wellesley MA

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                Pros

                • Can Use Existing Boots
                • Climbs Surprisingly Well
                • Easy to use for beginners
                • Slow Downhil

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                  • Ungroomed Trails
                  • Walking the dog

                  Comments about ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding:

                  This year we have had several good dumps of snow in Massachusetts and I found that walking our Labrador in the woods was getting tedious in the deep snow. I was looking for snowshoes or cross country skis when I came across these - and after much thinking I decided to buy the 125cm Hoks. At $299 without trying them first I was taking a big chance; but I have to say I adore them!

                  Fundamentally I am an enthusiastic but basically rubbish skier. I found that I fall off normal X-country skis on anything ungroomed and having tried shoeshoes I didn't get the same buzz I do sliding down slopes. I have had these a week and used them twice a day in fresh snow, packed snow, wet snow and a mixture of all three crossing a pond. I was going to get the 145cm Hoks but I'm glad I went for the 125cm as they are great on the trails through the woods and I can fishbone them if I need to without tripping myself up. When faced with a slope too scary to go down I turn around and go down backwards; they have amazing grip!

                  I'm still trying to learn how to carve downhill on them, there is a lot of play in the boots I use so I can't seem to crank them over on their edges like downhill skis. I'm sure if you now how to Telemark then this would be easy.

                  They attract a lot of positive comment from the other skiers and walkers - and they are light enough to carry when I walk home. I just connect up the ankle straps and hook both over my arm and can hold my ski poles as well with that hand (leaving one hand free for the dog).

                  They glide pretty well although my preferred motion's a sort of shuffle. Glide best on light snow and worst on twigs, leaves and poop. Wet and yellow snow are intermediate.

                  Summary: This is like getting a good quality mountain bike; not the fastest downhill or on the road but a bundle of fun for mucking about in the woods. If you like messing around in the snow these are the best thing since the invention of the self-cleaing oven.

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                  5.0

                  Altai Hok 145 with 3 Pin Binding

                  By Daval

                  from East Greenbush, NY

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                        Comments about ALTAI SKIS Hok Skis, Universal Binding:

                        I want to comment on the Hok 145s. These are an unusual product on the market. I wasn't sure how they would handle and had a difficult time finding a write up that really gave me an accurate description. These skis are the best climbing and gripping waxless base skis I have tried. Of the seven pairs of waxless skis I own, Rossignol BC 125, Fischer S-Bound 98s, Silent Spiders, older Karhu and Alpina skis, the Hoks easily will out climb them all. As far as kick and glide, they are about as good as can be expected on the deep untracked snow that I would use them in. However it is on the down hill the Hoks get confusing. They don't glide as well as any other ski I have used, but they are not snow shoes. It probably takes 10 minutes to learn to use a pair of snowshoes. The Hoks are skis and some skiing skills are definitely needed to use them. I found that if not careful, the Hoks have the ability to out climb my ability to descend safely in wooded terrain. On gradual declines they don't really glide well, but on steep hills the Hoks will get moving and handle like short, wide, soft skis. Additionally, the natural tendency to back weight free heel skis when the terrain gets steep only makes them faster. My take on the Hoks is that they are an easily turned, slow ski that is great for the woodlands and woodland trails usually snowshoed because the terrain is too narrow or steep for more traditional skis. The one warning I would give is that they do behave as skis on steeper slopes and skiing skills are needed. Finally, I really like these skis. I am not a double black diamond skier and don't have the skills to ski the steep backcountry slides and streambeds that the better skiers ski. However the Hoks will allow me to ski the milder backcountry terrain safely.

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