Go blissfully off the packed trail and get the skishoe feeling.
Welcome to the world of Trackers Skishoes, the snowshoe that glides. Plying the backcountry on skishoes becomes addictive, as you’ll feel smug in icy conditions and experience the joy of floating through powder. You’ll find yourself venturing off packed trails to places you wouldn’t normally go, opening up whole new panoramas. We call this new form of winter fun the “skishoe feeling.” Our mantra: The gnarlier the snow, the more blissful you'll feel.
Trackers technology allows snowshoers to add a gliding component to their sport, increasing their speed and adding to the fun. At the same time, it allows cross-country skiers to climb uphill easier and ski a broader range of conditions and terrain. Because the skishoe has a wide platform, it has flotation in deep powder snow. The concept also lends itself to beginners who don’t do either sport but want to get out for some exercise in the winter.
The key to Trackers Skishoes is the aluminum tracking fins that run lengthwise along the bottom, acting like sliding crampons. They give fore-and-aft traction for climbing on snow and ice when you step -- the harder the surface, the better they grip. At the same time, they slide through snow when you glide on the surface. But whether the skishoe is gliding, stepping, or stationary, the fins also keep it on its track and minimize its lateral slide. This keeps you from sliding down the hill as you try to traverse across it, giving you more control and stability.
You can compare Trackers Skishoes to a mountain bike. If you cycle on paved roads all the time, then a road bike works better because it lets you go faster and farther. But if you want to venture off-road on dirt and gravel or single-track trails, then a mountain bike fills the bill. Likewise, cross-country skis work fine for packed and groomed trails, but if you want to venture off those, skishoes take you to another level.
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Tom Gibson cavorting on gently rolling terrain in a foot of powder: