MTN Approach System 3

backcountry, skiing, touring, Outside Bozeman, Montana

MTN Approach System 3

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Tucker, David

Backcountry touring has become a standard part of my snowboard experience, but I don’t do it enough to justify splitting my existing setup, which I ride at the resort. Enter MTN Approach’s System 3, an easy-to-use touring setup that gets me into the backcountry without having to use cumbersome snowshoes or buy a splitboard. Here’s how it works: the system includes skis that fold into thirds and pack down into the included pack. The skis have climbing skins permanently attached, which were super effective getting me uphill and not overly grippy when traveling cross-country. The rubber-strap binding system was easy to use even with burly gloves on, and it’s universal, so you don’t have to worry about sizes and boot compatibility. The skis stay rigid using hinges constructed of durable fiberglass-filled nylon, but I did feel some give when traveling over ruts and on uneven terrain. Once you’re ready to head down, the pack can be heavy with all your gear and the skis inside, but once you adjust to the uneven weight distribution, it’s similar to riding with any daypack. $800; mtnapproach.com.

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