Tubbs Flex TRK
Source: received it as a personal gift
For the casual snowshoer, these snowshoes are a great bang for their buck. Pound for pound, they are a really great product.
- Full length tracks
- Good pivot
- Good bite for slopes and ice
- Good weight
- Cannot add to length
- Must be in a "weight limit"
- Straps can be fiddly
I found these snowshoes to be quite easy to use. The strapping snugged up fine. It took a bit to figure out how to keep the straps on the tab so they didn't come loose. I also liked how they fit on the my pack when I didn't need them. Not all snowshoes are as easy to stow. I frankly forgot that I had them on my feet most of the time.
The flex of these shoes is one of my favorite features. They ride really well over the uneven surface of snow, footstep holes, etc. The full length traction worked really well.
After much research and experience of renting different types of snowshoes, these were hands down my favorites for the type of shoeing I do. They are quieter than the MSRs, and much more durable than the sling type. With few moving parts and solid construction, they hold together really well.
I found a local sports store which rents a similar type of shoe, so we rented pairs several times. These shoes hold up over time. I figured that if they can take the beating of renters, they can take the much nicer use I will dole out to my gear.
Typically, I snowshoe up around Rainier. I am not interested in doing anything extreme. I am out to just enjoy the day with beautiful views. But, when I have done a little "off roading" in them, they hang onto the slope just fine. I never felt like I was going to slip and slide in them.
As long as the user isn't over 180 pounds with a pack, these shoes should do just fine for most uses.
Where to Buy
Here's what other sites are saying:
Why deal with rigging up a men's bulky snowshoe when Tubbs has the Women's Flex Trek Snowshoe' Ideal for those interested in taking a hike along flat and lightly rolling terrain in mid winter, the Flex Trek enables you to walk freely and easily over snow so you're not confined to the treadmill during the colder months. The Torsion Deck frame flexes to match uneven terrain, and the 3-D curved traction rails bite into hard and icy snow for secure footing every step of the way. Plus, the 16-degree Active Lift heel reduces strain on your calf muscles when the trail gets a bit steep for a stretch.Thanks to its QuickPull binding system, an intuitive forefoot strap cinches easily and unlocks with one buckle push. Its pivoting toe stop allows speedy adjustment and Control Wings keep your heel aligned. A 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 while a rotation limiter prevents over-rotation and shin bang. The Flex also has an ergonomically and bio-mechanically designed Flex Tail that absorbs shock from heel strike, reduces the amount of stress on your joints, and allows you to snowshoe farther, longer and with less stress on your body.
The newly upgraded Tubbs Flex TRK has launched itself into the day hiking category with the addition of the ActiveLift 16 heel lift. An excellent value, the Flex TRK has all of the important Flex Series features like Flex Tail, Torsion Deck, and 3D-Curved Traction Rails at an affordable price. The compact design makes it the perfect choice for trail hikers, and the QuickFlex binding will hold your foot securely for long trips.
An excellent value, the FLEX TRK has all of the important FLEX Series features like FLEX Tail(TM), Torsion Deck, and 3D-Curved Traction Rails at an affordable price. The Compact Design makes it the perfect choice for trail blazers, and the QuickFLEX binding will hold your foot securely for long trips. Tubbs' FLEX Series snowshoes are the culmination of years of research, testing and engineering to create the most ergonomic and comfortable snowshoe on the market. An industry first, the patented FLEX Tail(TM) design absorbs impact from heel strike and allows the foot to roll naturally from heel to toe. The end of result of this design is less stress and strain on the muscles and joints in your foot, and a more natural walking stride. With other important features like Torsion Deck, curved traction rails, and a Soft Strike(TM) zone, Tubbs didn't sacrifice performance for comfort. The FLEX Series snowshoes are optimized for walking on packed and variable snow with a lightweight, compact design, and they excel in everything from established trails to icy alpine conditions. Model Dimensions Surface Area Weight Per Pair Optimal Load Women's Flex TRK 22 8" x 22" 139 in^2 3.2 lbs One Size *In packed or variable snow conditions the FLEX snowshoes are appropriate for all weights. In powder snow conditions the womens' models are best up to 165 lbs. The Tubbs Story: Founded in 1906 in Norway, Maine, Tubbs Snowshoes is the leading manufacturer of lightweight, versatile snowshoes for men, women and children. Now based in Seattle, Washington, in the shadow of the always-snowy 14,400 ft Mt. Rainier, Tubbs continues to lead the snowshoeing industry through a deep understanding of the sport and constant technological innovation. From Admiral Byrd's famed expedition to Antarctica, to modern day adventure racing, Tubbs manufactures snowshoes for all types of terrain and snow conditions. With over 25 patents issued and pending, Tubbs continues to raise the bar for efficient, comfortable and innovative snowshoe designs.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
For new snowshoers and those looking for more comfort on their snowshoe excursions, the FLEX TRK offers all of the technical advancements found in the FLEX Series at an affordable price.