The Rome Snowboards crew finding some lines with MTNApproach up in the remote Aleutian Islands for Rome’s #findsnowboarding project. Ahhhhh.. the Island Life.
Photo: Zach Clanton — at Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
MTN Approach‘s John Kaiser shares his journey and insight on the state of backcountry snowboarding and MTNApproach on Outliers project.
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Whitelines Mag sent Sam McMahon and Barry Parker into the backcountry to put the MTNApproach System to the test.
Read the whole review on Whitelines Mag HERE.
On my first time setting them up I comfortably thrashed the far more experienced Barry now reunited with his splitty. As we set off I was amazed at how much lighter and easier the skis were, just as Barry was realising how much heavier his Burton rig was.
For short-to-medium distance hikes the reduced weight underfoot just about makes up for the added weight on your back from carrying a board, which you quickly forget to notice. I would say however that the shoulder straps on the backpack could go tighter to stop the board from swaying so much.
Compared to the split the experience felt way more comfortable and efficient, especially when cornering on the ascent; the shorter skis make that part way easier and less energy sapping, as anyone who has skinned before will understand, learning to untangle my flappy split from the snow and my shins still haunts me. It was certainly easier on the legs and back than using snowshoes, the up and down movement of the legs is what saps your energy.
And then on the way down, all was right with the world again. Reunited with the faithful Slasher the powder was steep and deep and the face shots were aplenty. I was sold, and I think Barry was too.
The MTN Approach won’t be for everyone – true powderhounds will find the excess board weight too much on long tours – but for slackcountry/lift assisted touring with multiple ups and downs in a day, plus some piste riding, these win hands down. The choice is simple: do you want the extra weight on your back on the way up, or on your feet on the way down? For me anyway, the whole point is to have as much fun on the way down, which these facilitated perfectly.
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Congrats to one of our interns and all around rad dude Chase Josey for a HUGE second place win at the Red Bull Double Pipe. More importantly, he was voted by his fellow competitors the winner of the Riders Choice Award scoring a brand new Polaris Snowmobile.
Watch the video HERE.
The MTNapproach System was recently reviewed in Gear Institute:
Snowboarders exhausted from hoofing it in the backcountry, envious of skiers who can skin faster than they can walk, can now considering embracing the efficient convenience of skinning up that endless slope. The MNT Approach System ($799) gives you two folding skis with permanent skins underneith and an integral backpack to carry the skis and the rest of your backcountry gear—all at a modest 12 pounds. Unfolded, the skis extend 138 cms, with a 140/110/130 tip/waist/tail configuration, and a Paulownia wood core and full-wrap steel edges. The two locking hinges on each ski are made of durable fiberglass-filled nylon with an aluminum cap. Unfold ‘em and strap into the aluminum-and-poly bindings to easily skin up (a 70mm heel elevator can fold up to aid in the ascent), and then collapse the skis when you’re ready to ride down. When folded the skis measure a modest 21 inches, and slip into a sleeve in the customized backpack, which is also configured with a hydration pouch, extra storage for your other backcountry gear, and straps to carry your snowboard while climbing. The system originates from a boutique backcountry company based in Sun Valley, Idaho, where the models were prototyped and tested by a hearty roster of serious snowboarders…so they should be ready for your own personal exploits. We dig the all-wood design, but their exclusive graphic from professional Jackson Hole snowboarder Bryan Iguchi (pictured below) is also pretty sweet.
Check it out here: Gear Institute
Ben from evo explored Chair Peek last weekend with the MTNApproach System. The tide was looking ripe! Make sure to check out MTNApproach at EVO online or in-store at their Seattle location. www.evo.com
Kaiser, Dustin Anderson and the MTNApproach crew recently went on a backcountry mission to an alpine yurt deep in the Wallowa Mountain Range. The avalanche danger was moderate to high, but the trip was amazing and the terrain is unreal. #yurtlife
Look down, see mountains. Look up, see mountains. Tim Humphreys testing out his Bryan Iguchi Pro Model MTNApproach System in the backcountry.