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Marquette Backcountry Ski

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Marquette Backcountry Ski

The Marquette Backcountry Ski is perhaps the easiest way to get out and enjoy winter's wonderful weather more comfortably. It has a similar feel to snowshoes on flat and semi-steep terrain, and can ride down soft, deep snow somewhat like a powder ski. There's a fishscale-like pattern on the base that assists with grip when the trail gets a little steep, and the fishscales don't interfere with downhill riding at all. Marquette built it out of the same blow-molded plastic as kayaks for outdoors-worthy durability, and threaded brass inserts and included bolts for 3-pin cross country bindings. Depending on the binding, you can wear Nordic boots or more casual footwear so anyone can use this affordable ski.
  • Part snowshoe, part ski for winter backcountry exploration
  • Short, wide platform climbs up and down deep, snow-covered terrain
  • Blow-molded plastic has a durable, stiff feel
  • Compatible with standard cross-country 3-pin bindings
  • Fishscale-patterned base grips when the terrain gets icy or semi-steep
  • Item #MQB0002

Length
140cm
Dimensions
150 / 130 / 140mm
Construction
blow-molded plastic
Core
polypropylene plastic, glass, silicone
Base
polypropylene plastic
Grip
fishscale
Claimed Weight
9lb 4oz
Recommended Use
touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 4

love these skis

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 5"
Weight
115 lbs

These skis are just the right fit for my adventures on the farm. Like another reviewer - Leo - I am a backwoods Pennsylvania explorer. I am fortunate to go out my door and traipse through vineyards and woods and these skis are just the ticket. Not much glide to them but I am not getting all tangled up in brush when I go through the woods, as I did with my old long narrow skis. I purchased Rottefella bindings and made a quick run to the hardware store for a couple of longer screws to secure them - the included ones with the skis were all short and the front of the binding needed a deeper reach. I've never been on groomed trails and I don't think these would be a good fit but they are just right for blazing your own trail.

>Rating: 5

Ultimate bushwhacker

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I'm a Pennsylvania backwoods skier. Yes that is a thing. The snow pack is dense. The lines are short, steep and strewn with all manner of unpleasantness. The Marquette cuts through it all. Are they as fast as a a traditional ski? No Can they hold an edge on ice? No This is a ski that gets me out in anything but boilerplate. They don't have edges to rip out on rocks. Go ahead and ski or climb over them. Short and fat mean they float and turn with ease whether tele or parallel. The aggressive fishscales grip when climbing over logs. They cost less than a pair of skins which would be destroyed in a day. Relax your mind and the fun will follow or you can sit indoors and troll. Choose fun. I'm using scarpa t1 or T2 with voile mountaineers (bare). (This is my 2nd pair. I got them to loan)

>Rating: 4

Great for what they're intended for

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Please take the earlier reviewer's with a grain of salt. These are NOT for hardpack, there is no edge. This is NOT a replacement for a true AT setup. This is great for low snow areas that get a big dump over grass/rock/whatever to get some fun turns if the terrain is relatively steep. Indestructible plastic and heavy, but great for a close to home adventure if you have the terrain, relatively steep terrain. 3-pin and a telemark boot work great for me. Video attached this is one of the better examples of what these are fun for. Limited terrain adventures close to home in 6"+ of soft snow or consolidated but soft.

Thanks for the video. This is awesome. Could you please recommend boots and bindings for these? Thank you for your time.

>Rating: 1

Marquette Backcountry is an untested pro

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 7"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought a set of these skis a few months ago and after it snowed I took them out. I tried going uphill first on hard pack snow up a very mellow slope, to my surprise the skis had no grip even though it was barely an up hill. Then I got off the hard pack into deep soft snow, still barely uphill and again the skis could not get any grip they just will not go uphill, so I took them off and hiked uphill on my feet found a way steeper slope, put the skis on and tryed to go downhill. The skis would not go downhill in soft snow as well as hard snow. Apparently while the scales were not enough to grip uphill they were enough to prevent the ski from sliding downhill. To summarize this product will not work in any environment and in conditions. The site makes me select at least one star to post the review but in reality it gets no star at all. Also I could not get my money back for this untested product because I bought them more than 30 days ago.

Not to be rude, but that's probably what you're paying for when you buy a sub $200 "ski."

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Can you pit touring skins on these for better grip uphill? Seems like the front attachment should work fine, but I'm worried about the rear clip on standard skins not working.

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Do you sell bindings for the Marquette Backcountry Ski? If so how much do they cost? Do they accomodate boots? Three pin? or something else? Please advise. Thanks, Guy

Hi Guy, the Marquette Skis take a cross-country three pin binding, like Rottefella Super Tele Bindings. And for boots, you'd want 3 pin telemark boots 75mm like the Scott Voodoo 75mm Telemark Boot.

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Do you sell bindings for the Marquette Backcountry Ski? If so how much do they cost? Do they accomodate boots? Three pin? or something else? Please advise. Thanks, Guy