Cross-country skiing in the forest 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 forest. But not everyone knows how to do this.
Types of skis for the forestWooden skis
Modern industry pleases customers with a very large range of skis of various types. First of all, skis are divided into mountain and flat. Alpine skiing for the forest, of course, is not suitable, since it is very difficult to move around on flat terrain.
But flat skis are very different. They differ in the material from which they are made:
Sports, recreational and hunting skis are also distinguished. Sports skis are made using the most modern technologies, and they cost a lot of money. Another thing is that for ordinary walks, simpler skis are quite suitable.
If you plan to walk through the forests outside the city, where there is a lot of snow and it will not be accepted, it is better to opt for hunting skiing.
How to choose a skiSkis
Cross-country skiing also has several varieties. As a rule, they differ in the way they run: classic or skating. Skis are harder and shorter than classic skis. Not more than 192 cm. This is due to the fact that during the ridge course the middle part should not touch the snow. The reduction in length is due to the fact that during skating, the back of the skis is directed inward, and if they are too long, they will cling to each other. In addition, they have a dumb cape. The skate course is used on a wide, well-rolled track.
The length of the skis for the classic course can reach 207 cm, and their stiffness is somewhat less, since the classic course of skies requires the middle part of the ski to be touched with snow at the moment of push. In addition, such skis have a sharper toe.
There are combined cross-country skiing, designed for both the skate and the classic course. Such skis have an average length of up to 200 cm, in terms of stiffness they are closer to the classic ones. The fact is that classic skis can be skated, while classic skates cannot be skated.
There are also cross-country skiing, which are designed for hiking in the absence of skiing. They are much tougher than usual and have a large width - more than 59 mm.
When choosing skis for walking in the forest, you need to first decide on the material. So, wooden skis glide less, they slip back less. However, snow easily sticks to them. To normally ride them in the snow, xx need to be lubricated with special ointments.
Snow practically does not stick to plastic skis, and they glide much better. However, this may be their disadvantage. They slide quite a bit back when moving. Plastic is much more durable.
You need to buy skis for the forest, taking into account your height and weight.
- classic skis should be 20-30 cm higher than a person;
- ridge - 10-15 cm.
To determine the necessary stiffness of classic skis, you need a sheet of paper. Put the skis on the floor and stand on them so that the legs are located on the mounts. Now try to slip a sheet of paper under the skis. Ideally, it should pass. The second test is to slip a piece of paper under one ski on which you stand with one foot. Now there should be no gap.
Mounts, shoes, sticksSki poles
But you can not ignore the rest of the equipment: ski bindings, shoes and poles. Mounts are of great importance for a comfortable walk.
Today there are three types of mounts. The NN75 or the wraparound mount is morally obsolete today, although it is still in use. They poorly fix the foot relative to the ski. At the very least, they allow you to ride a classic move, while skating becomes almost impossible.
Two approximately equivalent fastening systems are considered modern: SNS and NNN.
The next element is ski poles. They, like mounts, 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, sticks were made from bamboo, then from metal. Today, for their manufacture mainly modern composite materials are used. They are stronger, lighter and more convenient.
Ski boots for forest walks today are very diverse in terms of price category, materials, and bindings. The logic is simple: the higher the price, the better the material and construction.
Hunting and cross-country skiing are quite different. They are much wider and shorter. This is due to the fact that in the forest or in the field where winter hunting can take place, of course, there are no tracks. Wide short skis are more suitable for traveling in fresh snow.
Hunting skis, like cross-country, are divided into several types. In this case, specifically, in two:
Both those and other skis are made of wood. However, the legs, as the name implies, are left naked. The kamus skis are sheathed with kamus - fur from the legs of a deer, horse or moose, depending on which animals have access.
Kumus skis have one interesting feature - the longer you ride them, the better they get. The camus gradually rolls in, straightens out on skis, becomes smoother.
Many hunters try to do such skis with their own hands. Externally, the technology may seem quite simple. Choose a suitable even tree and plan two skis. In fact, in this process there are a lot of subtleties, which are not easy to solve. The first time, most likely, it will not succeed. Especially when it comes to kamus skiing. It’s quite difficult to stick the camus to the skis correctly.
It’s much easier to buy hunting skis, especially since you don’t have to search for hunters for this. Today, like any other equipment for hunters, such skis can be bought in hunting stores.