Redfeather Explore Series
This is a first time purchase of snowshoes and I reviewed…
Price Paid: $110
This is a first time purchase of snowshoes and I reviewed a lot of comments and reviews to help me make the best selection. I promised myself that I would provide candid comments to add to the body of information so that others could have inputs to help them make choices.
I was very pleased with the quality of the snowshoes that I received. My first reaction was surprise at how light they were but after repeated use I am convinced that the are rugged and well designed and the light weight is part of their great design.
I am over 65 and have the 36" shoes. I have a slight problem tightening the bindings but that is more due to my fitness and flexibility than the utility of the bindings. I also have found that the bindings just need to be snug not excessively tight. The removal of the shows is easy and requires only one strap to be loosened.
The ease of fore and aft rotation of the foot made the learning process a lot easier and will make long trips a lot less fatiguing.
The Philadelphia area was just blessed with two major snow storms which gave me a great opportunity to use the shoes on a daily basis. I was glad I purchased the 36" shoes which were correct for my weight rather than succumb to a recommendation to go with 30" shoes. The snows we just had were dry and light and I really felt the benefit of the proper size shoes.
Bottom line, I am really happy with the shoes and I look forward to years of winter enjoyment with these snowshoes.
Here's what other sites are saying:
So many things distinguish the winter person from the weaker members of the community. IQ. Dashing good looks. The ability to use "base-layer" in a sentence. Of course, non-winter people don't even own snowshoes, much less ones of this caliber. These folks are missing the game. Shoot, they don't even know there''s a game going on. Say something about this pair of shoe's impressive flotation in the deepest snow and you might as well be talking in code. Which you kind of are. Model Dimensions Surface Area Weight Per Pair Optimal Load Explore Control 25 8" x 25" 200 in^2 3.8 lbs Up to 175 lbs Explore Control 30 9" x 30" 270 in^2 4.2 lbs Up to 220 lbs Explore Control 36 9.5" x 36" 340 in^2 5.1 lbs Over 220 lbs *Please Note: Snowshoe weights are approximate. CRAMPONS: Hawk(TM) High Quality stainless steel for superior strengh. Aggressive toe and heel design insures maximum purchase with each step on all terrains. Powder coated to shed ice and snow. FRAME: 6000 Series Aluminum. Western Round tail for maximum flotation. DECKING: TX 35 Rip Stop - Superior puncture and abrasion resistant material that stays soft in sub zero temperatures. BINDINGS: CONTROL- A rugged, secure binding which features a solid polymer heel plate, semi-rigid injection-molded polyurethane toe and heel frames for superior lateral support, quick-adjust nylon webbing to secure foot in frames, and a flexible urethane heel strap which stretches to hold heel of boot securely. HINGE: Pivot Rod allows tail of shoe to stay down during stride, keeping the tips up for greater stability. Ideal for use in deeper snow. The Redfeather Story Redfeather Snowshoes was founded in 1988 by a snow-bound triathlete with the idea of designing a better snowshoe that would allow racers to train during the snowy Colorado winter months. His original design became the legendary Redfeather Redtail, the lightweight aluminum V-tail snowshoe that transformed snowshoeing from an awkward mode of transportation into the modern sport that we all know today. Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Redfeather continues to strive for technical innovation, performance, and unsurpassed quality in all of its snowshoes.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Free Shipping. Redfeather Explore Snowshoe (Fall 2008) The Explore by Redfeather brings back the traditional Rounded Western tail design with a new stainless steel Crampon System and a Pivot Rod Hinge. Redfeather has developed the perfect snowshoe for the traditional snowshoer at a reasonable price. The rounded tail along with the pivot rod hinge provide maximum flotation in deep powder by keeping more snowshoe on the snow with each step.Features:Explore 25: Binding: Control Weight: 3.8 lbs Dimensions: 8in. X 25in. User Weight: 0-175 lbs Best Uses: Adventure, Backcountry, Hike Explore 30: Binding: Control Weight: 4.2 lbs Dimensions: 9in. X 30in. User Weight: 0-220 lbs Best Uses: Adventure, Backcountry, Hike Explore 36: Binding: Control Weight: 5.1 lbs Dimensions: 9.5in. X 36in. User Weight: 220+ lbs Best Uses: Adventure, Backcountry, Hike