Tubbs Frontier Series
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $118
Good bindings. My Easton Artica trails broke and these were available. Seems to be just as good a binding and better crampons. Good buy.
- Simple bindings
- Track well
- Not made in America
- Like all shoes, bindings rivoted so difficult to replace. I wish manufacturers would make allen screwed on bindings so they can be repaired at home.
- Plastic front instep clip might be a durability issue
Good shoes for the price. They seem on par with the Easton Articas I have. The heel straps are a bit easier than the Easton ones as my articas (Easton) have nylon/web straps and when they get cold and wet they can stretch a little and make it hard to adjust heels. Not an issue with Tubbs as they use synthetics that feel like biothane to me, so they do not get hard to adjust in wet/cold.
I have not had them long enough to speak on durability, but anticipate no issues. As mentioned above there is a black plastic clip that secures the instep strap. It is designed with ridges that lock in to tension the system for one snap on/off of shoe. This is all well and good, but hate to see plastic clips on a stressed thing like that — would rather see AL or light steel.
I would not let that be a deciding factor as most shoes use a like mechanism, just an observation. That was the one good thing about the Easton ones as they used plastic tensioners to hold the nylon strapping, but not a plastic clip inserted into it — less chance to wear out/break.
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Get out and discover your local snowshoeing trails, parks, golf courses and lakes with the Frontier snowshoes! A great choice for anyone looking for a new way to exercise in the winter or for a family looking for a snowy adventure, the Frontier is the best value available. The Tubbs Frontiers 180 EZ binding features a simple, one-buckle tightening mechanism, couple with an easy-to-use urethane hell strap for efficient, lightweight support. The energy-efficient Rotating Toe Cord and the biomechanically-designed Fit-Step frame have made winter walking and fitness easier and more comfortable than ever.
The Tubbs Frontier is an incredible value, and it's lightweight design gives you the most efficient stride for packed trails. Recreational crampon system gives you the bite you need for gentle, rolling terrain The streamlined180EZ binding features a simple, one-buckle tightening mechanism, coupled with an easy-to-use urethane heel strap for efficient, lightweight support Patented Control Wings keep your heel aligned with the snowshoe for maximum control and comfort The innovative and biomechanical aluminum Fit-Step frame, designed with a slightly upturned, rounded tail, reduces muscular skeletal impact on hip, knee and ankle joints by 10%
An incredible value for trail blazers and families alike, the Frontier snowshoe now features the new 180EZ binding for ultimate ease-of-use and comfort The Frontier's lightweight and gender-specific design gives you the most efficient stride for packed trails while the Recreational crampon system gives you the bite you need for gentle, rolling terrain
These Tubbs Frontier 25 snowshoes are great for families and first-time snowshoers alike, offering ease-of-use and great flotation for checking out local trails with packed snow. Lighweight, strong 6000-series aluminum frames feature an ergonomic, streamlined shape that makes walking easy. Fit-Step(TM) frame design upturns the tail ends to help reduce strain on hip, knee and ankle joints and offer a more natural heel-to-toe transition. PVC-coated polyester deckings provide lightweight flotation and offer a smooth, soft texture. 180(TM)EZ binding offers simplicity and ease of use-a single buckle, coupled with an easy-to-use heel strap, secures your boots in place. Control Wings(TM) keep your heels aligned with snowshoes for optimal control. Carbon steel instep crampons rotate freely to bite into snow and let the tails drop to shed snow; heel crampons provide traction for heading down mild slopes. Recommended load specification for the Tubbs Frontier 25 snowshoes includes weight of hiker with gear.