Tubbs Discovery Series
Source: thrift store
Found these at a thrift store several years ago for $30 when retail at the time was $250, as per internet at the time. I would not have paid the retail price but for $30 they've been fabulous.
- Crampons good for hills
- Good for not deep or lightly packed snow
- Not for deep snow
Found these at a thrift store several years ago for $30 when retail at the time was $250, as per internet at the time. I would not have paid the retail price but for $30 they've been fabulous. Lighter weight by far than my real snowshoes, my Browning rawhide and wood beavertails, my go-to shoes for deep snow.
The Discovery's are not good in deep snow. I'm a 150 lb. woman, 5'8" tall. The Discovery's are 27". The Discovery's sink way further down into deep soft snow and snow builds up on the decking so I have to tip my foot every step to dump it off. The solid decking also provides a spot for my Labrador Retriever's feet to land, something he can't do on the tail of my beavertails, and he causes me to face plant — all part of the fun. :)
Price Paid: $135
Features: Non-anodized aircraft grade aluminum frame. Waterproof and durable maintenance free decking. Quickdraw bindings, recreational toe and heel crampons. 9"x27".
The best feature of these snowshoes is the quickdraw bindings. Just place your foot in the binding, pull on the two straps, and your toes are secured. The tricky part is trying to secure the heel strap while wearing gloves. It's not gonna happen. You might as well take your gloves off, and tighten the strap.
Walking around with a pack, I end up on the upper limit of these shoes. Going through powder and packed trails seem to be a breeze. Small hills are easily handled by these shoes, however do not take these shoes to go up steeper slopes. You will slip and fall, as the crampons are not aggressive enough to bite into the snow.
Getting out of the snowshoes is even easier than getting in. Reach down, pull the tips of the two ladder locks together, and pull up, away from your toe. Scoot the entire foot forward, and you're cleared of the heel strap.
Only things I don't like about the binding:
* Ice tends to form in the pocket created by the forward crampon (I suppose all of them do this), but in order to get it cleared you almost need to whack the things against a tree.
* They're not the lightest snowshoes in the world. 3.0 lbs a pair starts getting on my nerves after a while.
* The straps from the quickdraw system tend to "flop around" while I'm walking. It also starts grating on the nerves, particularly when you've been hiking for awhile.
* At 9 inches wide, your stride is severely affected. If you're looking to hike AND run with these... I'd suggest something else.
Price Paid: $75
I received these snowshoes as a gift, For an inexpensive snowshoe they can keep up with the best of them in all conditions. I have trekked miles and climbed mountains and they have never let me down. I cannot see myself needing more snowshoes for a long time.
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Free Shipping. Tubbs Discovery Series Snowshoes (Fall 2006) The Discovery Series by Tubbs are the easy-to-use snowshoe! Perfect for first-time snowshoers ready to discover the backyard or local park. Quick Draw Binding Supportive and easy as tying your shoes Fits a wide variety of boot styles/sizes Maintenance-free ArcTec/Nytex decking is waterproof and durable Fixed Toe Cord provides an efficient walking stride Aluminum Toe Crampon and Stainless Steel Heel Crampons provide traction and security in packed-snow conditions and gently-rolling terrain Specifications Discovery 21 Size/Weight 8in.x21in./2.7 lbs. User Weight 80-150 lbs. Discovery 25 Size/Weight 8in.x25in./2.9 lbs. User Weight 120-200 lbs. Discovery 30 Size/Weight 9in.x30in./3.5 lbs. User Weight 170-250 lbs.
The Tubbs Discovery Snowshoes utilize an aircraft-grade 6000 Series aluminum frame with aluminum toe and heel crampons. Included in the kit are Tubbs Snowshoe 2-piece aluminum adjustable poles with a mitten-friendly grip and powder baskets. Tubbs Discovery Snowshoe Features: 21 inch: 8 in x 21 in. for User Weight: 80-150 lbs27 inch: 9 in x 27 in. for User Weight: 120-200 lbs
An excellent value for entry-level snowshoers encountering flat or gently rolling terrain. Recommended for loads (users + pack) between 80 and 150 pounds. Securing the Quick Draw binding is as easy as tying your laces and fits a wide range of boot sizes for men and women. Fixed binding rotation keeps the snowshoe close to the foot for a controlled stride. ArcTecNytex decking is maintenance free and highly abrasion resistant.
These quality entry-level snowshoes let you explore flat and rolling trails with confidence, supporting 120 to 200 pounds. The easy-to-use, Quick-Draw™ bindings fit a wide range of boot styles and sizes. Fixed rotation pivot keeps the snowshoe close to the foot for a natural heel-to-toe stride. Waterproof, durable ArcTec™/Nytex decking is maintenance-free. One-piece aluminum frames are lightweight yet strong. Aluminum toe and heel crampons keep a positive grip on icy, uneven trails. Recommended load specification includes weight of hiker with gear.