Despite the fact that the Swiss have been involved with serious ski mountaineering for many years, they continually push the envelope on what is possible. Sometimes they even try to invent new trends that they think will be cool- for example the backcountry snowblade. Maybe in idea it seems alright, somewhere of a hybrid between skiing and snowshoeing for someone that doesn’t want to do either. But they seem highly impractical, as you are only able to use them in minimal powder and on piste. Even though you have your choice of riding with a ski boot or a snowboard boot, neither really seems an ideal choice for this mode of transportation.
Perks of ripping blades in the backcountry:
The weight savings must be fantastic- and same with the base of the blade that is able to flip from skin mode to p-tex for skiing WITHOUT EVEN TAKING YOUR BLADES OFF! What a time saver, holy moly. Also as demonstrated at 1:52 you can ditch your poles and go face first into a euro-flip of coolness, psych…
If you want to waste your money- buy these immediately from the CrossBlades website.