Yesterday I stepped a little to the left of the path and my foot went through the snow, but the front of my Redfeather Back Country 30" snowshoe, and probably the rear, were well supported. This is called bridging. The front of the shoe bent almost vertical. I bent it back, but eventually the tubing on both sides broke.
I'm casting no aspersions on Redfeather because snowshoes can be expected to fail when bridging. HOWEVER, I've snowshoed a lot of peaks, some as total bushwhacks, and it seems like I must have bridged across rocks/blowdown without knowing it, yet this never happened before.
I'd like to get this in perspective, so I'd like to know if you've had this happen (to any brand), OR, if you've done a lot of off-path snowshoeing and HAVEN'T had this happen.
To end on a good note, I did not come out of the Redfeather ratchet bindings even once, not even after the shoe broke!