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Mundo Trailboard is a lightweight shredding machine for snow-packed trails

Mundo Trailboard is a lightwei...
The Mundo Trailboard was designed to elevate “your hiking experience"
The Mundo Trailboard was designed to elevate “your hiking experience"
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The Mundo Trailboard was designed to elevate “your hiking experience"
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The Mundo Trailboard was designed to elevate “your hiking experience"
Hiking in the snow is tough going, especially if you’re lugging a proper snowboard along for the ride. The Mundo Trailboard is designed to lighten the load
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Hiking in the snow is tough going, especially if you’re lugging a proper snowboard along for the ride. The Mundo Trailboard is designed to lighten the load
At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings
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At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings
The Mundo Trailboard in action
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The Mundo Trailboard in action
Having taken the Mundo Trailboard to Kickstarter, the team has already passed its funding goal with early pledges of US$319 still available at the time of writing
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Having taken the Mundo Trailboard to Kickstarter, the team has already passed its funding goal with early pledges of US$319 still available at the time of writing
Because the base of the Mundo Trailboard is narrower than a typical foot, the rider’s heel and toe should be positioned right over the edges, allowing them to turn just like a regular snowboard
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Because the base of the Mundo Trailboard is narrower than a typical foot, the rider’s heel and toe should be positioned right over the edges, allowing them to turn just like a regular snowboard
The makers imagine it folks taking the Mundo Trailboard to sledding hills, state parks and hiking trails, where the binding-free design and lightweight will allow them to easily transition from walking to riding when the opportunity arises
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The makers imagine it folks taking the Mundo Trailboard to sledding hills, state parks and hiking trails, where the binding-free design and lightweight will allow them to easily transition from walking to riding when the opportunity arises
The Mundo Trailboard measures 114 cm long and 28 cm wide
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The Mundo Trailboard measures 114 cm long and 28 cm wide
At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings
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At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings

Hiking in the snow is tough going, especially if you're lugging a snowboard along for the ride. As a simplified version that verges on skateboard territory, the Mundo Trailboard is a new kind of ride built to lighten the load when on foot in search of untouched powder, while still offering plenty of carving capability thanks to a heavily contoured shape.

A snowboard equipped with bindings will tip the scales at around 10 to 12 lb (4.5 to 5.5 kg), and while that doesn't stop plenty of adventurous folk schlepping them into the backcountry, it is a hefty load to carry on your back. At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard should be a much more manageable affair.

The board measures 114 cm long and 28 cm wide, (45 and 11 in) and features a lightweight foam core atop a sintered Ptex base. This sits inside steel sidewalls that aggressively curve outwards, offering a sharp edge at the base to dig into the snow.

Because the base of the Mundo Trailboard is narrower than a typical foot, the rider’s heel and toe should be positioned right over the edges, allowing them to turn just like a regular snowboard
Because the base of the Mundo Trailboard is narrower than a typical foot, the rider’s heel and toe should be positioned right over the edges, allowing them to turn just like a regular snowboard

And because the base is said to be narrower than a typical foot, the rider's heel and toe should be positioned right over those edges, allowing them to shift their weight to turn just like a regular snowboard. Another interesting feature is the kick tail, which allows the user to lean back and pop the front up for easier turning, just like a skateboard, and maybe even try their hand at a trick or two.

The makers imagine folks taking the Mundo Trailboard to sledding hills, state parks and hiking trails, where the binding-free design and light weight will allow them to easily transition from walking to shredding when the opportunity arises. They say it was designed to elevate "your hiking experience," and we can certainly see it opening up some interesting new terrain where lines and expensive lift tickets are nowhere to be seen.

At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings
At just 5 lb (2.3 kg), the binding-free Mundo Trailboard weighs around half of a typical snowboard with bindings

Having taken the Mundo Trailboard to Kickstarter, the team has already passed its funding goal with early pledges of US$319 still available at the time of writing. Shipping is slated for March 2019 if everything runs to plan, which is always a sizeable "if" when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: Mundo Trailboard

Mundo Trailboards: The First Snowboard Designed for Hiking

4 comments
ChairmanLMAO
Old dawg I tried to snowboard - found the bindings killed the experience. This looks like a great idea and even something I might try.
guzmanchinky
I gotta admit, it looks really cool! Be a lot of fun to throw in the back of a side by side or snowmobile and tow someone around. I wonder what skis/boards will look like in 50 years. Will what we use now look as archaic as the ancient wooden skis you see on the walls of lodges? Will they hover above the snow? Will we have snow that doesn't melt until it hits 100 degrees?
Paulinator
In a hundred years the sun will be a dim orange ball on the distant horizon as we ski down the back side of the ice-encrusted statue of liberty. GSM
Jaybo
It's called a toboggan. And you ride it with the rope taut in the front if you want to carve faster than a four year old on ungroomed trails. Here's a fifty two year old design (look familiar?): http://www.mashf.com/Snurfing%201966.htm I used to ride a molded polyethylene model in the late 70's. No steel edges or sintered base, but similar sidecut. Priced closer to the $7.00 snurfer in the 1966 Sears catalogue linked above. re Paulinator - I did not know building other-worldly statues of liberty was the new purview of the space force. For fresh tracks i guess some will be heading to Uranus.