We previously reported on the Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem for snow travel in our dispatches from the 2006 Outdoor Retailer Shows. The system consists of a FLIGHTdeck and a FLIGHTboot. The FLIGHTboot is basically an overboot designed to be worn over trail running shoes, and its front crampons click into slots on the FLIGHTdeck like the cleats on bicycling shoes. We had an opportunity to test the FLIGHTsystem in the Sierra Nevada and southern Rockies during the winter of 2006-2007, and report our experiences in this review. The FLIGHTsystem is certainly innovative, but is it truly lightweight, and how well does it perform compared to conventional snowshoes?

ARTICLE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • What's Good
  • What's No So Good
  • Specifications: Manufacturer, Year/Model, Dimensions, Frame, Deck , Binding, Crampons, MSRP, Weights
  • Performance
    • Field Testing
    • Assessment
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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