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12-10-2011, 12:20 AM
Are Schneider wheel penetration skis any good? A friend is looking at a set for his 180, they have the plates that close the gap under the tire. I know wheel skis are a compromise, but if they are in good shape, are they a good purchase?
12-10-2011, 12:47 AM
There are alot better options. That said, I fly them on the 180. Fine for what I do with them. Pretty stout ski.
See them on alot of iditarod 180/185's...........
They are going for alot of money lately from what I've seen. Maybe I'm just too cheap......... I think I have $1800 in mine......they are a $3000 ski, IMO.
12-10-2011, 02:51 AM
My friend is almost TOO careful with his plane, to the point of being skiddish about any off airport work. I don't see any deep off camber mountain snow landings in his future. Prolly lakes and ultra smooth river ice. Sounds like the schneids will do the trick.
12-10-2011, 08:56 AM
AK Hunt pretty well summed it up. They are hell for stout as well. And, they are HEAVY. I like the Landes penetration skis better, but. It sounds like they could work fine for your friend.
12-10-2011, 09:51 AM
Prob worth mentioning......there are 3 widths.
Get the widest or nothing. Others are subpar for 180.
21or 23 inches wide. Can't remember.
12-10-2011, 10:58 AM
I had a set of the big ones when I had the 180. With the plates in, they were amazing where I could and did get out, including slush on a lake.
The landing brought us to a stop with the skis sticking up into the air, knee deep in water with some slush in it. I was able to dig out from under the tips, and get the skis to level by stepping on the tips; somehow they held near the surface of the slush.
With the plane stripped down, (and I mean everything out), and my buddy pushing on the lift strut, I was able to break it out of the muck, make a float plane takeoff and get out of there... my buddy got picked up two weeks later.
I would use them again for sure if I could not afford retractable skis or use strait skis.
12-10-2011, 02:56 PM
This will be the third winter I have used them on the 185. The are heavy. Perform very well in the deep snow with the plates in. I do carry a small compresor so if I do have to put the plates while out and about it is no problem.
12-10-2011, 03:22 PM
Skukum ,Trickair as the STC for a C180/C185 and they weight 64 lbs each and very little speed lost i have a set of 2250 on my Super Cub and i did not losse a MPH in the process ( 8 to 10 mph with 3000 ) im waiting on the snow to see if they are better than my Fli-lite 3000 i had on there and from the feed back i had should be mutch better and the weight saved ( more than 85 lbs ) has already made me happy , and for most of the sunday flyer i know there going to be perfect.
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