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Cross-Country Skis with brush guards
After a recent snow-infused pheasant hunting trip in upper Iowa, I found that slightly crunchy foot-deep snow is extremely tiring to trudge through while wearing standard mukluks.
I propose cross-country skis with a blade-shaped leading edge that continues in a sort of logarithmic curve to the top
of the riders shin. The aftmost third of this curve is flexible, either stiff cloth or flexible plastic, to accomodate slight movement.
How in the world can I put this into words... I think I will illustrate it. Early anno'ers and voters, sit tight for a bit and I I'll get it posted.
Quick & easy line drawing of the item [roleohibachi, Jan 01 2006]
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||Why would this device be better than the
ski as it exists right now?
If you're planning on being in soft, deep
snow reguarly, then get a wide pair of
skis. They won't sink as much, nor get as
much snow on top. Wider skis aren't so
good on packed snow however.
||Sorry, should have elaborated more. It's a brush guard, meaning that when one is traveling over ground with slight cover (like you would when pheasant hunting), the device would separate the incoming grass and other vegetation. This would allow the user to traverse ground with medium-sized vegetation (although with some extra effort).
||So its easier to lift the ski itself out?
||So its easier to.. whats the word... "ski" the ski forward through ground cover.
||This idea would probably increase the difficulty giving the snow more surface area to cling too.