Hok by AltaiSkis, my out the door skis, I can ski even on only a few inches of snow

The Hok is my out the door ski. Even when there are only a few inches of snow I can still ski. The base and mohair are tough so rocks, roots, when the snow is shallow aren’t an issue.
The mohair gives excellent grip and tracking even on shallow snow or icy crust, but it also glides well. Unlike the LL Bean Boreal skis which need at least 7cm/6in of track depth and the Boreal is a fish scale no-wax so grip can be an issue.
The mohair also gives a bit of drag on the downhills so speed is much more controlled during bushwack/off-track descents.

For 0 C skiing one may need to use a  SwixNordic Zero spray – anti icing spray.
Nils Larsen, Francois Sylvain, helped designed the original TRAK Bushwacker skis so they have experience designing bushwacking, out the door, skis.

I have both the Hok 125 cm with Universal/Xtrace Binding, and 145 cm with a Solomon XADV, SNS BC, binding. I am getting a 2nd 145 cm and adding a 75mm binding.
The Xtrace Binding works with up to a boot length of US 12/13 or size 43 75mm duckbill. Changing the binding is easy since the Hok have inserts matching extended 75mm spacing. On altaiskis.com is a mounting plate for System bindings – NNN BC, SNS XADV. The Boreal’s Universal binding has a standard 75mm spacing.
With the Xtrace binding one needs a really stiff soled boot, torsional rigidity, to have good downhill control. With a 75mm duckbill binding and a good pair of boots one can Tele with the Hok. With a System binding, great extension for kick and glide but not much downhill control – toe box isn’t anchored, just a pivot rod in front of the toe.

This year I invested in a DR Trimmer Mower. So I was able to cut down the golden rod in our front field and not have to depend upon having enough snow depth to cover it. The DR Trimmer Mowers are also designed to use an optional beaver blade, a blade with chainsaw teeth. So I was able to cut a number of new paths and cut down invasive Honey Suckle and Russian Olive.

Peltonen Nanogrip – move NIS binding for better grip

The posts on the Peltonen Nanogrip skis say that they are a great 0 C ski BUT ski like they are waxed one color too cold in colder conditions.

I noticed the same thing. But then I realized the little used feature of the NIS plate – one can move the binding forward or backward.

  • Since one can’t increase or change the location of the kick wax zone.
  • Adjust the climbing zone.
  • By moving the binding forward or backward of the balance point.

At -15 C I found that my kick needed to be spot on.

  • Then I realized that since I was using NIS I could just move my binding forward for more grip.
  • Grip problem solved

So at -20 C I just moved the NIS binding forward one click.

  • Now I had solid grip.

I moved the NIS binding back to neutral when the weather got to -5 C to 0 C.

In Zero C conditions the nanogrip grip are great although they needed an anti icing spray at 5 C – the late spring rain etc.

  • At my PSIA Level 1 at Lapland Lake in mid December.
  • When we had the rain here in the Northeast late in the season. I am just south of Ithaca, NY.

If I get a pair of Atomic Skintec for 2014-15 I will add a NIS plate. Plus go with the longer medium instead of the shorter hard stiffness for my weight – advice from SkiPost.com e-mail newletter.

A Classic NIS plate has 5 clicks – 0 then plus minus 2

A Skate NIS plate has 7 clicks – 0 then plus minus 3