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Even though approach skis are not splitboards, we still love our friends over at MTNApproach. Take a look at the new cast-aluminum hinges that will be offered as an upgrade this season.

Ketchum, Idaho – NEW Cast-Aluminum Hinges are here. You asked and we delivered. Skin with confidence and carry more weight with our heavy-duty hinge upgrade. These hinges will upgrade your MTNApproach System to a much higher total weight capacity of 350lbs +/- and they only weigh 8.6 oz each.

For most users, we recommend installing aluminum hinges on the front of your MTNA skis, and keeping composite hinges on the rear (to save weight).

Recommended Installation

User weight = <150lbs, all composite hinges on your MTNApproach skis

User weight = 150-225lbs, aluminum hinges on the front, composite hinges on the rear of skis

User weight = >225lbs, aluminum hinges on both front and rear of skis

MTNApproach System – 3

Includes the MTNApproach folding skis, and integral backpack. This system is rated up to 350lbs total user weight with our new cast-aluminum front hinges, permanent clibing skins, and universal bindings.

Product Features

Paulownia wood core with cap construction and full metal wrapped edges

Permanent, %75 mohair %25 nylon climbing skins

Patent pending foldable climbing/hiking system

Binding constructed with 6061 T6 Aluminum and has a rigid heel loop for side hill stability, straps are made from heavy duty polyurethane, extra wide and suited for cold weather conditions

-Includes integral backpack specifically designed to carry skis, gear, AND your snowboard

Ski Dimensions

138 cm long
140/110/130 – Tip/Waist/Tail
4.5 lbs per ski

Folded Dimensions

5″ wide
2″ thick
21″ long
System = 12lb total weight


Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.