Yukon Charlie's Snowshoe
Price Paid: $100 Canadian
There is a reason that these shoes are relatively inexpensive. There are major quality and performance issues with the product. I retired a couple of pairs after two years of use.
The shoes have a hard plastic deck laced to the frame and the binding rotates on a metal rod with a plastic insert.
Pivot System (Metal Rod) - 1 Star
This is one area where the company should not have saved a few cents. They use a cheap white metal rod that broke on one of the shoes. I had to hobble out of the wilderness a few years back with makeshift repairs. The rods on the other pair that was used by my wife are bent and would break shortly if used again. Also, a plastic insert is used over the metal rod to aid rotation. I remember the plastic breaking when they were new. I wrapped the inserts with duck tape.
Aluminum Cleats - 1 Star
The cleats dull easily and clog with snow and ice. There is too much exposed metal on both the front and rear cleats. Charlie needs a total redesign in this area.
Binding - 3 Star
Charlie tried for a decent design. Sadly, there are worse bindings then this on the market. Your foot will move in this binding. Also, one of the plastic buckles broke.
Decking and Lacing - 4 Star
The hard plastic decking and lacing is very durable but weighs more then most other decking material.
In summary, the shoes are ok for an individual who uses them a couple of times a year in the local park.
Where to Buy
The Yukon Charlie's Snowshoe is not available from the stores we monitor.
You may be able to find it new or used at one of these sites:
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Or you may want to check for a dealer list or direct sales on the Yukon Charlie's web site.
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