These shoes hold up to heavy use with max weight on them, but do have their problems.
- Good flotation
- Easily put on and adjusted
- Fair gripping crampon system
- I have popped rivets
- No toe cup
- Might not take the widest boot on a big man
I have used these hard for two seasons [not this one, the last two]. I've used them on crust, crossing streams, deep snow, on hills, in the woods, in heavy brush and in rocky terrain in the Adirondacks. I like them.
They are easily put on and adjusted, but the widest boot may just not fit in the front straps. I wear a 13w and do have boots that won't fit.
They float well and that's saying a lot since I weigh 240 and always carry a pack.
I do believe the crampons could be better on ice or hills, but this has always been a peeve of mine with other shoes also. The toe crampon will ball up in wet conditions.
They'd be better with a toe cup in hilly terrain.
One photo, which I will post, shows I popped 4 rivets, the same two in each shoe, through the webbing, but it hasn't effected anything and remember I am maxing these out weight wise and I'm pretty sure one bad jump off a creek bed may have popped three of them. One popped previous to that jump.
I would recommend them for anyone and I'll use them again, heck I'd buy them again if it was necessary.
I could easily get around in brush with them and by the way they measure 33+inches long and are 10 inches wide.
This first photo shows the popped rivets—same two on each shoe, left and right of front crampon.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Unsure
This snowshoe rivals all others for ease of use and durability. The ultra bindings hold tight and adjust easily with even the thickest of mitts.
I use these shoes both to approach climbs and for general leisure hiking in Northern Ontario and Northern Minnesota. I generally carry a pack and the Alpine series gives me plenty of floatation in deep snow. Underbrush is not a problem due to the narrow profile. I can maintain a natural stride and in a pinch can run.
Price Paid: $200
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