I’ve been using the new Black Diamond Glidelite Snow Trekker Skis (“trekking skis”) this winter. I have the 127-cm model with Universal Bindings, which can be used with any type of footwear. I’ve been skiing in Altra Lone Peak Mids (usually with a neoprene overboot) with them this winter.
This is a Flash Review meant to communicate my initial experience with the product – it’s in no way a comprehensive review that reflects use of this product in a wide range of conditions.
Features & Specs:
- Tip-waist-tail: 135-120-132
- Camber: single
- Length: 127 cm
- Skis only: 36 oz/ski
- Skis + Universal Bindings: 57.6 oz/ski (verified)
- Integrates Skins: yes, Black Diamond Glidelite
- Construction: poly, foam core
I put together a 4-minute video montage with my initial thoughts about the Black Diamond Glidelites that includes footage from both tracked and untracked trails, with inclines up to about 15 degrees.
Better than snowshoes?
- Yes, if you want to cover ground faster in rolling terrain.
- Yes, if you’re a skier and know how to drive skis (that said, the learning curve on these is very fast!).
- No, if you just can’t get the hang of the technique and balance required to ski safely and effectively.
- No, if you are venturing into steep (especially icy) terrain.
Better than a conventional backcountry skiing setup?
- Yes, if you like to ski in footwear that’s more comfortable than XC, tele, or AT ski boots.
- Yes, if you want an overall lighter setup.
- No, if you want to ski steeper downhill terrain.
- No, if you travel in hard-packed terrain and need the security of a more aggressive, full-length climbing skins and/or metal edges.
- Learn more at this forum thread.
- Buy online from REI.
- Here’s a link to the Forty Below Overboots I use.
(Thanks to Mrs. J for the camera work!)