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Angler
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11/02/2020 6:40 pm  

Hey

i was thinking of getting a pair.  I am on the East Coast, would use them early morning before resort opened for uphill travel as well as some back country.  Has anyone used them?  If so any thought on them.  I want to start doing some uphill travel and it seems like this is a good alternative.  Any support would be appreciated.  Many thanks, 


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parker
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12/02/2020 6:44 am  

I just got some this week. I haven't used them yet but will be taking taking them to Jackson with me next week. I'll report back end of next week.


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Angler
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12/02/2020 12:40 pm  
Posted by: @parker

I just got some this week. I haven't used them yet but will be taking taking them to Jackson with me next week. I'll report back end of next week.

Thank you 


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parker
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24/02/2020 7:04 am  

So I spent 2 full days on my drifts in jackson backcountry in about waist deep when walking in it pow while others with us were on splitboards. I kept up with them just fine. But I'm also a bigger dude at 250lbs 6'3" so there were times where I was still sinking much more than they were. On the steeper inclines the verts my buddy had are much more efficient over drifts or a splitboard. There were a few times where I was not getting the traction I needed and it took me a few gos to get up some spots but I eventually was able to get where I was needing to go. All in all I think they do their job and will get you to where you need to go especially if you keep the ascent more mellow. I'll prob get the crampons to help with the steeper ascents in the future. 


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Angler
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24/02/2020 3:55 pm  

@parker thanks, I’m using them on the East Coast, sounds like it will be perfect for how I am going to use them.  Glad you like them, 

 


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Derek
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24/02/2020 7:56 pm  

I've had a pair for a few years.  Only used for early AM uphill travel at Park City.  I like them.  I kept up with all skiers no problem.  It appears the newest version is improved over what I have also. (edges, skin material)  Make sure the ankle strap is nice and tight or I've had the strap drop out of it's "groove" and had to stop and mess with it a bit.  I still don't own a splitboard.


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kimchi
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25/02/2020 10:00 am  

Depends how far and steep uphill you're going and how heavy your set-up is.

A buddy of mine was on Mountain Approach skis on a tour this past weekend. Overall uphill travel distance was about 2 miles, around 1200 ft ascent. He's pretty fit and on the way down he told me his shoulders were still killing him from carrying the weight of his pack + board. Traditional vertical or horizontal carry on a pack is a pretty inefficient way to distribute that weight, and you don't have the option of A-framing it on a solid. He was saying he wished he'd brought a lighter setup (he had a YES Greats, he was wishing he brought his Lib Tech Climax).

If we're talking relatively mellow approaches in relatively good snow, and you're fine with carrying that weight, I think Drift Boards would be ok. But soon as we start talking about something technical or firm conditions... I'd want more edge.


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parker
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25/02/2020 2:08 pm  

Drifts are light compared to mtn approach and I only used them with my asmo which is light. We hiked a lot not sure the milage we didn't exactly know where we were going but we were on our feet for a while. long distances I wouldn't mind using drifts but for steeper areas i wish I had verts to switch to.


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unsatisfiedus
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24/04/2020 6:16 pm  

can these be good enough for basic usage?  based on what hearing i'm starting to worry the resorts won't open next year, or have limited operations, and looking for something to fck around with locally*.  no jeremy jones aspirations.  splitboard setups end up being pretty pricey and not something i'm looking to do longterm, though slackcountry could be an option.  plus i have a fun solid board quiver.  better than snowshoes?  

 

*not looking to covidebate here.  


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casjcade
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25/04/2020 7:36 am  

If you can walk straight up on hard groomed trails all the time I'm sure they're fine, and could be less effort than snowshoes, but twice the price.


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