There’s been more tech floating around in backcountry snowboarding than Bill Gates’ basement over the last few years, but one area that seems to still be in version 1.0 is snowshoes. With most brands developing splitboard technologies or re-inventing snow blades, it’s been an area that no dedicated snowboard brand has really had a crack at.
Enter Fimbulvetr, the Norwegian company that’s re-inventing the humble wheel/shoe. Literally translated from Old Norwegian, Filmbulvetr means “The Great Winter” – and with a set of these on your tootsies, you’ll see a lot more winter than you do from a chairlift. There are three different models in their line-up depending on your particular need for ‘doing a walk in the cold stuff’ – we tested the Hikr model, a lightweight and short profile snowshoe for steeper terrain at pace.
“We tested the Hikr model, a lightweight and short profile snowshoe for steeper terrain at pace”
After a couple of days of traipsing around in the Norwegian mountains in variable snow-conditions, we were impressed at how these handled a variety of pitches, snow types, and use by someone not particularly well-versed in the backcountry arts.