Skiing in the woods is both useful and interesting. However, in order to really enjoy this process you need to choose the right skis for a walk in the woods. But not everyone can do this.
- Types of forest skis
- 2How to choose pleasure skis
- 3 Mounts, shoes, sticks
- 4Hottery skiing
Types of forest skis
Modern industry pleases buyers with a very large assortment of all kinds of skis. First of all, skis are divided into mountain and plain. Skiing for the forest, of course, is not suitable, because they are very difficult to move on flat terrain.
But flat skis are very different. They differ in the material from which they are made:
It also distinguishes sports, leisure and hunting skis. Sports skis are made using the most modern technologies, and they cost a lot of money. Another thing is that ordinary skis are quite suitable for an ordinary walk.
Pleasure skis are designed for unhurried walks in the woods or the park, on a ready-made ski track, or in places where there is not much snow or it is already well packed.
If you are planning a walk in the woods outside the city, where there is a lot of snow, and it will not be accepted, it is better to opt for hunting skis.
How to choose pleasure skis
Cross-country skis also have several varieties. As a rule, they differ in the way of running: classic or ridged. Riding skis are tougher and shorter than classic ones. Not more than 192 cm. This is due to the fact that during skating the middle part should not touch the snow. The reduction in length is due to the fact that when skating, the rear parts of the skis are directed inwards, and if they are too long, they will cling to each other. In addition, they have a dull cape. The ridge is used on a wide, well-groomed track.
The length of the skis for the classic course can reach 207 cm, and their rigidity is somewhat less, since the classic course of the skis implies the obligatory touch of the middle part of the ski with snow at the moment of the push. In addition, such skis have a sharper sock.
There are also combined cross-country skis, designed for both skating and classic moves. Such skis have an average length, up to 200 cm, they are closer to classic in terms of rigidity. The fact is that you can skate on classic skis, while you cannot go skating on a classic course at all.
There are also tourist cross-country skis, which are designed for hiking in the absence of ski runs. They are much tougher than usual and have a large width – more than 59 mm.
Choosing skis for walks in the forest, you need to first decide on the material. So, wooden skis slip less, they slip back less. However, snow easily sticks to them. To normally go on them in the snow, xx need to lubricate special ointments.
Snow practically does not stick to plastic skis, and they glide much better. However, this may be their disadvantage. They are quite slipping back when moving. Plastic is much more wear resistant.
To buy skis for the forest, you need to take into account their height and weight.
- classic skis should be 20-30 cm taller than a person;
- ridged – 10-15 cm.
To determine the required stiffness of classic skis you will need a piece of paper. Put the skis on the floor and stand on them so that the legs are located at the place of attachment. Now try to push a sheet of paper under the skis. Ideally, it should pass. The second test is to push a sheet of paper under one ski, on which you stand with one foot. Now there should be no gap.
Fasteners, shoes, sticks
But you can not ignore the rest of the equipment: mounts for skis, shoes and sticks. Of great importance for a comfortable walk have fastenings.
Today there are three types of mounts. NN75 or wound mounting today is already morally obsolete, although it is also used. They poorly fix the foot relative to the ski. At the very least, they allow you to skate with a classic move, while the ridge becomes almost impossible.
Two roughly equivalent fastening systems are considered modern: SNS and NNN.
The next element is ski poles. They, as well as bindings, can spoil the blood of a skier. The design of the sticks has not changed for quite some time, but the materials are changing rapidly. More recently, the sticks were made of bamboo, then – from metal. Today, mainly modern composite materials are used for their manufacture. They are stronger, lighter and more convenient.
Ski boots for forest walks today are very diverse and in price range, and on the materials used, and on the mounts. The logic is simple: the higher the price – the better the material and design.
Hunting skis from cross-country differ quite strongly. They are much wider and shorter. This is due to the fact that in the forest or in the field, where the winter hunt can take place, there are, of course, no tracks. Wide, short skis are more suitable for movement in fresh snow.
Hunting skis, like cross-country skis, are divided into several types. In this case, specifically for two:
- Kamus skis.
Both those and other skis are made of wood. However, the naked, as the name implies, are left naked. Kamus skis are sheathed with kamus – fur from the feet of a deer, horse or elk, depending on which animals have access.
Camus skis have one interesting feature – the longer you ride them, the better they get. Kamus gradually rolls around, straightens on skis, it becomes smoother.
Many hunters try to do such skis with their own hands. Externally, the technology may seem fairly simple. Choose a suitable level tree and plan two skis. In fact, there are a lot of subtleties in this process, which are not easy to solve. From the first time to do, most likely, will not succeed. Especially when it comes to kamus skiing. Correctly glue on the Camus skis is quite difficult.
It is much easier to buy hunting skis, especially since you do not need to look for fishermen. Today, like any other equipment for hunters, such skis can be bought in hunting stores.