Tubbs Flex ALP

Reviews

4

I will review my shoes, the 24 inch model, but my…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Summary

I will review my shoes, the 24 inch model, but my husband has the 28 inch version, and his review is the same as mine...we love these snowshoes! We have found them a nice step-up from our older Tubbs models (Adventure 25 and Eclipse 30), and have been excellent in our uses this year, on varying terrain and snow conditions.

Pros

  • Heel lift
  • Flex deck
  • Binding system
  • Excellent traction

Cons

  • Sometimes a metallic clicking noise, especially on crust/hard pack


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We snowshoe on sometimes steep and icy trails, and sometimes trails with unpacked or mushy snow. I have found the design and materials on these snowshoes to be excellent, and they have greatly increased my  confidence on tricky terrain,especially when traversing.

The extended traction is wonderful,and an improvement from my old Tubbs, which had only toe crampons. The Flex Alps are light, and the binding system holds them securely...I have found no lateral "wiggle". The heel lift is also a feature new to us, and it seems like a nice advantage for some of our steep uphills. It took a few tries to feel confident in using the pole grips to lift/lower the heel lift, but now it comes very easily.

The binding system is easy to use; the adjustments are quick and easy, and fit both my boot ( size 9) and my husband's size 14 boots....in fact, he had originally purchased the Tubbs with a BOA binding, but decided he liked my binding system better, so swapped out for the Flex Alps.


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The snowshoes are very light, and seem easier on our "old" joints than our older Tubbs snowshoes. They have performed well in both powdery fluff, as well as crusty, windblown, mixed conditions. This was certainly a good investment for us.

G00SE MODERATOR

Looks like a great set of shoes. Thanks for sharing this review.


2 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing this snowshoe review, Sheila. It's great to see you getting out with your dogs in the snow.


2 months ago
second gear

My husband and I have the flextrex too -- his is this exact model. These are terrific shoes!


2 months ago
Phil Smith

Thanks for the review. I recently got a friend into snowshoeing and he plans on having a set of backcountry/mountain snowshoes for next winter. The Flex ALPs have consistently rated 4 stars or better everywhere I've looked, and they're on my short list of models to recommend based on that. I just can't make myself trust that itty-bitty steel cable in the BOA binding - you can't make a trail fix with duct tape if it ever breaks!


5 days ago
2

Awesome snowshoes. For starters, I am a 250 lbs man…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140

Summary

Awesome snowshoes.

Pros

  • light
  • responsive
  • packable
  • 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.

koen van roy

hello, did you buy the 24 or 28 size of these tubbs flex alp snowshoes?


2 years ago
1

Grippy. I upgraded to these after a couple years of…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Summary

Grippy.

Pros

  • Grippy
  • Light
  • Fast binding

Cons

  • 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.