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GlideLite 147 Snow Trekkers with bindings

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From snowy approaches to winter backcountry treks, our snow trekking skis put snowshoes to shame and allow you to travel smoothly and efficiently in the mountains. READ MORE
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From snowy approaches to winter backcountry treks, our snow trekking skis put snowshoes to shame and allow you to travel smoothly and efficiently in the mountains. Learn More


Built for winter snow trekking and long snowy approaches, the GlideLite 147 puts snowshoes to shame with its glide-like efficiency in the backcountry. Featuring our GlideLite skins, which are integrated into the base, these trekking skis strap on to any boot with a flexible sole or shoe for quick and easy access in snowy terrain. The steel edges on this 147-cm long ski add a level of security when navigating steeper slopes and the Unicoat base is tough and easy to care for.
  • Integrated GlideLite skins
  • Steel edges for added versatiity
  • Compression resistant  elastic foam core
  • Patented Unicoat ski base
  • Weight 1200g w/o binding
  • Width 124-110-122mm

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   1200g (2.65 lbs) W/O bindings
Dimensions :   124-110-122


  • 2019 Outside Gear of the Year Award
GlideLite 147 Snow Trekkers with bindings is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome mobility Dry happy with the quality of the product plus the traction is superb! Great for deep pounder and pulling a tule child ski stroller
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waaaay better than snowshoeing! 1 part cross country ski, 1 part snowshoe, 2 parts bulldozer. I’ve used these for the last month regularly for snow trekking mostly in untouched New England snow. It’s a quicker, less tiring way to get to my secluded ice climbs. Used in conjunction with my BD Dawn Patrol 25 ski pack makes carrying all my climbing gear and Trekkers a breeze. I enjoy them a lot and am really glad I picked them up! My go to winter sneaker is the Scarpa Neutron G(aiter) which works perfectly with them. Pros: can use any flexible soled shoe, light, best at blazing through snow, fun, float well on snow, easily maneuverable in tight areas, metal edges, mini skins, conversation starter, easily adjustable, made in Finland, bottoms don’t scratch easy Cons: don’t like well worn foot trafficked snowy trails, turning while gliding is difficult like cc skis
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super fun and easy to use A friend and I rented the Glidelites from Base Camp in Laramie WY and tried them out in the Snowy Range. They are very easy to use and we had a great time. They were the best going up or down on deep or fluffy snow. Hard snow was difficult. I like to think of them as snow shoes to slide around on. After an hour or so out in the snow, it all became very natural.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic in the mountains Between skiing and snowshoeing what exists? Postholing? No one likes that, so get some glidelites and never look back, the 147's come with a metal edge which helps control if you do drop in on a slope, the skins are pretty sticky which is nice on the uphill, I even skijored a little on these, Alaska style Overall I'm super stoked 5 stars to the chef bon appetit
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tool for specific uses I bought this as a "better snowshoe". Living in the Pacific Northwest means heavy snow and brush and trees. Not easy to get to open alpine during the winter. I was looking for something that I could use to 'play' in the forests that would be more efficient than snowshoes. These are pretty good. Like most tools they have limitations. The grip is good (not as strong a snowshoes) and the maneuverability is decent (better than skis in tight spaces, but not as good as snowshoes). The glide is decent (way better than snowshoes of course and not as good as skis...duh). I did find that in our heavy snow that the width created some wobble as the snow compressed underfoot and the ski rocked side to side. Overall it is another tool in the shed for those occasions where I just want to knock around. I am on SAR and thought it might be useful for some of the missions. Not sure it would do that. Snowshoes for steeps are better and skis with skins for when the terrain is suitable for that. But for just kicking around or winter camping on low angle tours, these rock. Maybe some day I can get them above tree line and enjoy them. I went with the longer length and glad I did. I'm 6'2" and you have to stay on top of these things in any kind of ski mode. There is a reason they don't call them skis!
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Skis I first bought the GlideLites without the universal binding and mounted some AT bindings for use with mountaineering boots on that set. Long story short I loved them so much that I ordered a second pair with the universal binding. Why have two? The Universal binding can be used with any shoe/boot that has flex in the midsole. Therefore it is a great winter travel option for unplanned days on the snow and winter survival. This set with the universal bindings will ride in my truck with me every winter. Good work Black Diamond!
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very useful The only reason that I haven't given this product 5 stars is that I have only had them for a month. The convenience of using any footwear is proving to be very useful. I have used pack boots for hunting, mountaineering boots for work, and snowboarding boots to get to the hill and no complaints.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than plodding I purchased these to expand my backcountry quiver and was intrigued that these looked like they'd fit between snowshoes and backcountry skis. And they do that. They're made very well; good bindings that hold well; think snowboard boot bindings. The plastic underfoot bends well but is susceptible to icing up between boot sole and binding, so head's up there. The wide mohair-type base grip does its job well on this first outing, and the ski seems stable and glides well. The limitation versus snowshoes show up in that these will not climb as steep of terrain as mountaineering snowshoes will do, and on the ski end, don't expect to tele-turn in these either. They appear to be a lightweight option for low angle terrain and felt great for that. These will fit a variety of boot sizes, but try and set up your choice of boots for the day with the binding prior to your destination. Fixing the base in the snow was awkward.
Date published: 2018-11-26
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