Tubbs Couloir Series
Price Paid: $150
I go to the BWCA winter camping every year and I really like these shoes. Easy to put on, accommodate large boots (currently using Cabela's Inferno 2000 on the coldest days), light weight, and a positive hold.
A feature I really appreciate is the heel lift. It really reduces fatigue on the steep hills when pulling a pulk.
The previous review commented on a desire for a spring to keep the shoe tight to the bottom of the foot (like Atlas). I would have to disagree in that the dangle does a great job of not requiring me to lift a load of snow and flip it on my back.
I would recommend these to a friend and intend to walk them into the ground.
Price Paid: $240 on sale
I have a pair of 36" Tubbs Couloir snowshoes that I have used for one season. The webbing that attaches the deck to the frame has broken and because it is a part of the deck Tubbs will not honor the warrantee.
I have had a pair of Sherpa snow shoes since 1984 and they finally broke in 2009. I replaced them with the Tubbs.
I am very disappointed in the quality and the company's response. For the money I had very high expectations. While the teeth and bidings are exceptional, the decking material is brittle.
Price Paid: $184
great snowshoe, not clumsy like older shoes. sticks to the snow going up or down steep slopes and binding doesn't seem to get loose and feet rotate like some other shoes. nice to have multi crampon edges also.
rear strap seems less than beefy and i worry about if it will break. great binding system, very easy to put on/off. rear clamp doesn't have positive "click" and sometimes works loose. only thing i would like on it is spring to keep it flat on foot. only sometimes not having this helped on uneven terrain and going over logs. levitator works great and has positive click and stays in place.
used for first time today in central washington cascades. snow 3-4 ft in places with crust and drift in places. couldn't be happier.
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Cinch your feet into the Tubbs Men's Couloir Series Snowshoes and take a long tour through the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Perhaps you'll find that secret hot springs as you hike along in these lightweight, durable snowshoes. A flat nose rise and tapered tail give you flotation in the powder and stability as you climb up a steep slope. Tubb's RII pivot system underneath your foot gives you lateral flex and works to reduce fatigue as you move along on uneven terrain. Compact stainless steel teeth grip snow and ice as you descend into a valley and climb up the other side. The 3D binding fits men's hiking and climbing boots up to size 13.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
When breaking trail is on your agenda be sure to grab your Couloir series snowshoes to help you get the job done.
- GearX.com refers to the men's version
Snowshoeing is a great way to escape, push your physical limits, and gain access to places inaccessible in the winter. With Tubbs new men's Coloir Series, your day belongs to you, not the terrain or Mother Nature.
- UpsideOver refers to the men's version
Description of Tubbs Couloir SnowshoesWhen breaking trail is on your agenda be sure to grab your Couloir series snowshoes to help you get the job done. Designed to conquer any terrain, the Couloir series features the all new ultra aggressive Anaconda toe crampon, super tough ArcTec decking, and the comfortable and secure ActiveFit binding. Tubbs knows that efficiency matters on long backcountry treks, so the Couloir has been designed with the Momentum Superlite 6000 frame, a sleek tapered tail for optimal medial clearance, and the innovative RII Revolution Response pivot system for all-terrain responsiveness. FeaturesFLOTATIONDurable and lightweight Momentum Superlight 6000 aluminum frame is maneuverable, and gender specific frame shapes accommodate mens and womens specific gaits. Proprietary ArcTec decking is puncture and abrasion resistant to -40F.ARTICULATIONEnergy efficient and effective, RII delivers shock absorbing lateral flex and quick side slope responsiveness to maintain a natural foot position in all conditions. Full step rotation allows the tail of the snowshoe to drop, shedding snow and allowing the toe crampon to bite deeply. CONTROLGender specific, asymmetric ActiveFit binding featuring patented Control Wings provides the perfect combination of control, support, comfort and ease of use. Mens binding fits up to size 13 boots womens sized for 5-11 boots. ActiveLift heel lift reduces calf fatigue and on steep ascents. TRACTIONAll new and ultra aggressive, the carbon steel Anaconda toe crampon has 8 sharp teeth that provide constant contact and penetration in all types of terrain. Razor-sharp Python heel crampon delivers additional weighted traction under the heel. SPECS 21 Womens, Dimensions 8 x 21, Weight 4.5 lbs., User weight 80-150 lbs.25 Womens, Dimensions 8 x 25, Weight 4.8 lbs., User weight 120-200 lbs.25 Mens, Dimensions 8 x 25, Weight, 4.9 lbs., User weight 120-200 lbs.30 Mens, Dimensions 9 x 30, Weight 5.2 lbs., User weight 170-250 lbs.
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version