At the Winter 2005 Outdoor Retailer show we began to report
about a product from a small company called Shoeboard. In 2006 they
refined their snowshoe-ski system reducing its weight substantially.
Our curiosity remained piqued. After all, we were eagerly looking
forward to having a product that would let us easily snowshoe up a hill
and then ski back down. While you cannot ski or snowboard down a hill
as gracefully you will be far better off than someone descending on
snowshoes. While we were interested we hoped for more refinements that
would improve the overall aesthetics of the design which would in turn
reduce the overall weight even more. Now at the 2007 Outdoor Retailer
Winter Market our expressed hopes in 2006 seem to be about to be
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