Fine snowshoes. I wish I could truly review mine,…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $94
- Boa strap system
- Solid decking-sheds snow easy
- Open mouthed crampon-sheds slush
- None yet
I wish I could truly review mine, but in the middle of the most snowless winter I probably have lived through I cannot. We have no snow and haven't had more than two inches of same this season.
I can say I have a brand new pair of 10x36's bought late last spring and they look great and they appear to be tough as bullhide, but I do not know. They do measure almost an inch over 36.
I did pay $94 for mine on a Sierra Trading Post closeout. And I look forward to trying the BOA system. They did come in a carrying bag, which has a shoulder strap and Velcro straps for carrying poles.
I gave four stars because of Garneau's reputation, and by the looks of the construction of these shoes using my own experience with many other snowshoes. I'll change that rating accordingly if need be if it ever snows. They well may be 5 star.
I wouldn't mind seeing small side bars near the tail to help prevent rear side sliding. They wouldn't effect glissading.
November 21, 2016 Update:
I finally got these out today in a foot plus of snow [edited to note: we actually received 27 inches]. Walked through 3-foot drifts when possible and slush also. Neither the deck nor the crampons loaded up. For a 230-lb guy flotation was normal. I did not have my pack on.
I did not get to climb any or go down any steep hills. When I do I'll add more information.
The Boa system is cool, I like it. I did have a little trouble adjusting one rear strap but it is only a simple rubber belt so that problem has as much to do with me as the strap.
I'll stick with my earlier 4-star rating till I get more time in on them.