Cuben/Carbon Snowshoes by Suluk46

Posted on 12 April 2010

Sometimes ago I had mail contact with Steve Evans from Suluk46 and we talked about his projects. Steven also mentioned that he is working on very light snowshoes. Snowshoes you cannot buy on the market, but he didn’t want to tell me some details or something else. Now after two years working and planning the snowshoes are ready and they look phenomenal. The result is a snowshoe made of the strongest version of cuben, carbon and aluminum 6061-T6. Everything on the snowshoe was planned to the detail and looks very fine. Steve is a real perfectionist.

Here are some details of the snowshoe:

Size: 32″ x 9″
Weight: 862g per pair

The frame is made with special carbon tubes. They have a protective coating to keep them safe against proposals. The tubes are connected with hard anodized aluminum.  The floatation deck is made with the strongest cuben fibre you can get at Cubic Tech. It weighs 113,4g per yd². The toe and the heel crampons are made with aluminum 6061 – T6 which he cut with the waterjet. The toe crampon is designed with two cubes where the carbon tubes run through. The idea behind this is that the weight of the user is taken up by the crampon and not bei the carbon frame. The binding of the snowshoe is also made with the ultra strong cuben and nylon straps.

Unfortunately we have to wait for the first tests of the snowshoe, because there is no more snow at the moment in Steve’s home country.


  • http://blog.nature-base.de Jonas

    Wow, they look interesting!
    But very small and long, or not? Without the snow crust iron certainly good for forest and deep snow. I’m not sure the carbon is strong enough independently from coating. Also i think the aluminum will cut into the carbon . We’ll se in a few month…

  • hrxxlight

    they’re 22,84cm small and 81,28cm long. that’s really long.
    i hope they’ll work fine in the tests

  • http://thunderinthenight.blogspot.com/ Joe

    Interesting concept, especially the lack of any mechanical hinge but I guess the built in flexibility of the cuben will allow the snowshoe to pivot. Not sure they would stand up to steep and mountainous terrain but in forests with deep powder they look like a really good option.

  • http://www.pricebonus.com/ Michelle

    Interesting concept, especially the lack of any mechanical hinge but I guess the built in flexibility of the cuben will allow the snowshoe to pivot. Not sure they would stand up to steep and mountainous terrain but in forests with deep powder they look like a really good option.

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