As a relative novice to snowshoeing, I found the Redfeather…
Source: borrowed it
As a relative novice to snowshoeing, I found the Redfeather Hike to be easy to put on, natural to hike in, and comfortable. They outperformed the snowshoes I rented from REI.
- Easy to put on and adjust
- Easy to walk in after only a minute or two of practice
- I don't get to snowshoe enough!
Once a year, I get to attend a conference in Boulder, CO. Each year, the conference organizer (Tom) invites attendees to arrive a day early for a bit of snowshoeing in the front range of the Rockie Mountains. My first year, I rented snowshoes from the local REI (I'm sorry to say, I can't remember the brand).
They were "okay," but were not easy to put on or adjust. The next year Tom loaned me a pair of 30" Redfeather Hike.
I'm pretty much a novice, but Tom snowshoes regularly. He takes newbies out regularly, and the back of his truck is filled with 5 or 6 pairs of Readfeather Hike. Tom wears them himself. I asked Tom on this trip if he buys Redfeather for the price ($100) or for the quality. He responded, they are a great shoe, and that's why he buys them...period.
Having used the Redfeather Hike on two separate occasions, I have enjoyed them from a newbie perspective. I had them on my feet and hiking in only a matter of minutes. Those using different brands needed extra time to adjust the fit.
They are comfortable to walk in and light enough that my legs did not get tired (They weigh 2lbs each).
One women in our group kept having snow build up on the underside of her shoes. No one wearing the Redfeather Hike 30s had this problem.
I'm the one smiling at the camera. Tom is to the right, with
his Redfeathers highly visible. Gracie the dog does not wear
snowshoes, but is a delight to hike with.
Summary: I am too inexperienced to say if Redfeather Hikes are "entry level" snowshoes or not. However, they worked perfectly for me. If I had the chance to snowshoe more than once a year, these would be the shoes I would buy.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Redfeather's Hike snowshoes are your ticket to a winter wonderland. A live-action hinge lifts the tail for greater speed and mobility, as well as less fatigue. Plus, the stainless steel crampons are powder-coated to prevent ice and snow build-up, ensuring secure footing in icy conditions.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
This series is ideal for casual hiking, walking, and outdoor exploration. Redfeather’s rounded tail design provides maximum flotation and balance in deep snow. The All Terrain Bindings are extremely easy to put on and take off and quickly adjust to accomodate a wide variety of footwear. The bindings will always stay snug and secure. The perfect snowshoe for people just getting into the sport. Great quality and value All Terrain Binding for a reliable yet adjustable fit. Live Action Hinge technology -- snowshoe springs back after each step providing smooth, natural ergonomic motion. Stainless steel front and rear crampons offer superior traction.
- Vargo Outdoors refers to the men's version
The Redfeather Hike Snowshoe is Redfeather's most popular recreational hiking snowshoe, due in part to the Redfeather Live Action Hinge that lifts the tail of the snowshoe with every step for added mobility and speed. The Control Binding System is a rugged design with quick-adjust nylon webbing that ensures a secure fit and superior lateral support. Powder coated Sure Grip stainless steel crampons ensure solid footing, and a powder coated 6000 series aircraft aluminum frame provides strength and endurance no matter the terrain. One of Redfeather's most popular snowshoes and named "The Best Of The Best" snowshoes in Amazon's "Best Guide", the Hike features a Western Roundtail for superior flotation and a Live Action Hinge for added mobility and speed. 22 inch design supports up to 150 lbs.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Pop Tarts may be the only things holding some otherwise intelligent folks from attaining membership into our illustrious club. Winter doesn't forgive careless decisions easily. Start the day off with the right fuel and your likelihood of saying, "My toes are cold. Can we go in?" are greatly reduced. This can be every bit as important as picking the right snowshoes. Something with all-around performance that doesn't chew up your whole post-workout, cappuccino-indulgence budget (hint, hint). CRAMPONS: Sure Grip(TM) crampon system with stainless steel front and rear crampons for stability. Powdered coated to shed snow and ice. 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: Live-Action Hinge lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow with every step for added mobility and speed. Model Dimensions Surface Area Weight Per Pair Optimal Load Men's Hike Control 22 8" x 22" 176 in^2 3.0 lbs Up to 150 lbs Men's Hike Control 25 8" x 25" 200 in^2 3.3 lbs Up to 175 lbs Men's Hike Control 30 9" x 30" 270 in^2 3.7 lbs Up to 220 lbs Men's Hike Control 36 9.5" x 36" 342 in^2 4.7 lbs Over 220 lbs *Please Note: Snowshoe weights are approximate. 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 refers to the men's version