Denver, Colorado (PressExposure) February 13, 2009 -- Rugged touring refers to a particular category of icy travel in which a hiker or climber uses skis as a backcountry travel tool. This makes it possible for persons to safely travel over snow, through mountain valleys and towering peaks. Rugged touring also brings together elements from other winter activities like X-country, telemark, and ski mountaineering.
Itâs only fitting that the newest products in rugged touring are eclectic and bring together the technology of today with the tried-and-true classics of yesterday. The skis made for rugged touring today skis are designed with metal edges that improve user control. These skis also feature waxless scale patterns on the base, which helps in climbing, and shorter lengths and side cuts for ease of turning.
Some of the most popular items used for rugged touring include the Karhu XCD Guide, the Karhu XCD 10th Mountain, the Alpina X Terrain, and the Alpina Lite Terrain. These items actually look like some of the modern mainstream skis but are constructed to be much lighter and with patterned bases that help traction. The design also reduces the need for adhesive climbing skins, which as most climbers and skiers know, tend to inhibit gliding and make transition more difficult. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited offers a variety of skis, both wide and narrow for traditional skiing or rugged touring.
The store is currently offering popular boots for rugged touring like the Alpina BC 1575, the Karhu XCD Traverse, and the Crispi Antarctic leather, all of which are 75mm 3-pin boots that offer enhanced control over the steepest terrains and are lightweight and insulated. Binding is also a major issue for rugged touring and some modern cartridge bindings are thought to be far too heavy or constraining, and even some flexible bindings like NNN-BC bindings do not give adequate control for going downhill. However, binding available in models like the Karhu 75mm BC 3-pin and the Voile HD Mountaineer 3-pin are said to be clean, effective and inexpensive for rugged touring. It may also serve rugged touring enthusiasts to carry a kicker skin or narrow full-length skin, such as offered by Wilderness Exchange Unlimited. The company also sells adjustable ski poles which are required for this type of sporting activity.
Wilderness Exchange Unlimited enthusiastically points out that new generation rugged touring gear makes the future of rugged touring all the more fun, exciting and safe. For more information on the retail storeâs location and inventory, visit http://www.wildernessexchangeunlimited.com.
About Wilderness Exchange Unlimited: Wilderness Exchange Unlimited is a physical store located in Denver, Colorado that also has a strong online presence. The company sells skiing equipment, mountaineering products and ice-climbing gear. Personnel at Wilderness Exchange Unlimited also have special interest in rugged touring and are currently offering wholesale deals on rugged touring products.