Gear Spotlight: Fimbulvetr Snowshoe
Posted on January 21, 2014 by
It is hard to imagine geeking out over a tool that has been around for over 6,000 years. But a Norwegian company set out to create a stronger, lighter, more durable and ergonomic snowshoe from scratch. The result is the Fimbulvetr, which means "Great Winter" in Old Norse. The platforms are made from thermoplastic elastometers, the same high strength material used in car engines and shock absorbers. The asymmetrical, double curved, 3D modeled design allows for greater strength and durability with minimal material. It's also 100% recyclable. Perhaps the greatest innovation is the patented all-direction hinge, which provides greater traction and support on varying terrain - especially going up or downhill. The binding is more compact, with stainless steel Fenris crampons below to provide bite. The pair weighs in at 2214 grams (almost 5 lbs.).
They're made for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, and don't come cheap at $450. Visit the Fimbulvetr website for more info or to order a pair. They ship internationally.