We did an extended dispatch on this innovative system from the winter 2006 OR, so you can find more details there.
The Kahtoola Snow Travel System consists of the Flight overboot that clicks into a snowshoe deck. Simply step on the deck to engage cleats on the bottom of the boot into slots on the deck, similar to bicycle pedal cleats. The boots disengage just as easily by pulling a ripcord.
The beauty of the Kahtoola Snow Travel System, from a lightweight standpoint is:
- It is very versatile and allows you to adjust your footwear/traction system to the conditions
- It allows you can wear lightwight trail running shoes to reduce weight on your feet
- The flight overboot keeps your feet warm and dry, and will readily fit into a snow camping system
- Overall system weight is minimized
The Flight overboot is available in seven sizes to fit over shoe sizes 5-14. It weighs 20 ounces per pair (depending on size) and costs $149. The upper is 6 mm neoprene with Hypalon reinforcements, the cleats on the bottom are stainless steel.
The Flight Deck is available in two sizes: the Gypsy (left) is 8 inches by 23 inches and weighs 40 ounces/pair, and the Gemini (right) is 8.5 inches by 23 inches and weighs 43 ounces/pair. The cost is $185.
While the Kahtoola Snow Travel System is not necessarily cheap, it definitely stimilulates our interest because of its lightweight and versatility.