Tubbs Flex ALP
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
- easy to use
- effective in snow
For starters, I am a 250 lbs man just under 6 feet tall. These things worked awesome. I tried MSRs and I sank like a rock. I have had nothing but great experiences with these shoes. They are light and responsive when shuffling along and somehow they keep me above the snow...great buy.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
- Fast binding
- A lil loud.
I upgraded to these after a couple years of suffering through the SLS (Slings Lots'o Snow) pivots of my Atlas shoes. It is very nice to leave the snow on the trail instead of flinging it on my back.
The grip of these is amazingly good, and the flex of the deck is appreciated of the steep downhills. The bindings are simple, fast and secure. The heel lift clicks around a little bit, but it never gets in the way and is very appreciated on the extended climbs.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Winner of the 2010 Outside Magazine 'Gear of the Year' Award, the Tubbs Flex ALP is designed to tackle extreme backcountry terrain. With micro-serrated 3D-Curved Traction Rails and the ActiveLift 19 heel lift, the Flex ALP devours steep, icy terrain, and the new, streamlined deck shape enhances maneuverability in tight situations.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Winner of the Outside Magazine 2010 Gear of the Year award, the FLEX ALP represents true innovation. The patented FLEX Tail design, tested by the Colorado State University Health and Exercise Department, reduces stress on joints in the lower leg, making long day trips on arduous terrain more comfortable. Designed to tackle even the most treacherous terrain, the Flex Alp provides maximum grip for seamless ascents. ActiveLift heel lift reduces calf fatigue and Achilles tendon strain on steep ascents Ergonomically and biomechanically designed FLEX Tail absorbs shock from heel strike, reducing the amount of stress on your joints and allowing you to snowshoe farther, longer and with less stress on your body Tubbs advanced Torsion Deck design adapts to variable snow conditions underfoot. The decks allow torsional articulation throughout the body of the snowshoe, enhancing traction, biomechanics and comfort on uneven terrain Rotating Toe Cord design enables the tail of the snowshoe to drop and snow to shed off the tail, reducing cardio-respiratory strain by 7%. The underfoot pivot point also allows the toe traction teeth to bite deeply into the snow when weighted. A rotation limiter prevents over-rotation and shin bang Gender specific, asymmetric ActiveFLEX binding featuring patented Control Wings provides lightweight control, support, comfort and ease of use Sizing: 24" best up to 190lb. 28"(XL) best up to 220lb Micro-serrated 3D curved Traction Rails and two additional tail traction elements ensure superior side-hill grip on hard to icy conditions, while progressive Snow Brakes aid in downhill braking Sizing: 24 in best up to 190 lbs. 28 in (XL) best up to 220 lbs
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Designed to tackle extreme backcountry terrain, the Tubbs Flex ALP XL provides extra floatation for hikers carrying a heavy load or lucky enough to find softer snow conditions.
- EMS refers to the men's version
Key Features of the Tubbs Flex ALP 24 Snowshoe (pair)Active Lift heel liftBiomechanically designed FLEX TailActiveFLEX bindingTubbs Flex ALP 24 Snowshoe (pair)If you have an undeniable thirst for extreme adventures, Tubbs Flex ALP 24 Snowshoe is the right choice for you. Designed to tackle extreme peaks and rough terrain and explore uncharted territories, it has all the right tools to keep you going. Featuring a biomechanically designed FLEX Tail, this amazing snowshoe absorbs shock from heel strike to minimize the amount of stress on your joints, allowing you to snowshoe farther and longer with reduced risk of body strain. The ActiveLift heel lift is optimized for steep, icy terrain, which enables you to take on ascents with ease. Plus, this snowshoe features the gender-specific Compact Design decks and the ActiveFLEX binding that offer a combination of comfort, lightweight control, support, and ease of use. This will let you take on extreme terrain while minimizing the risk of body strain. Offering a combination of comfort and performance, the Tubbs Flex ALP 24 Snowshoe is definitely the ideal gear for any adventure.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version