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Tubbs Flex Jr.

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Tubbs Flex Jr. recreational snowshoe

Versatile kids snowshoe for serious winter exploration and fun jaunts. Similar design to Tubbs full-size Flex series but scaled down.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Aggressive crampon
  • Short, easy straps

Cons

  • Straps can loosen up on small boots (common on many snowshoes)
  • No televator bar

Versatile kid-sized snowshoes for serious mountain exploration in both powder and icy trails. These are scaled down versions of the full-sized Flex series with polymer decks and stamped crampons.

The straps include a single ratcheting strap/buckle across the toes and a rubber belt across the back. There is a full toe slot and metal pivot pins that allow full flexibility while going up steep, icy terrain. These are light enough that our kids had no issues carrying them on their packs when they were 5 years old. 

There is only one size available but they currently work with our 3-year-old and 7-year-old twins alike. While the decks are smaller (these are shorter than other competitors) they don't sink much in powder due to kids being light. 

Our kids have also used the LL Bean Winter Walkers and these were significantly lighter, easier to use, and had more range of motion as well as a functional crampon for icy conditions. (The Winter Walkers had a single large crampon made of much thicker aluminum and it never had enough bite into ice.)

Background

We have climbed all 35 high peaks in the NY Catskill mountains in a single winter and have used them extensively in the German Black Forest and Swiss Alps.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

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Specs

Price MSRP: $69.95
Current Retail: $55.99-$69.95
Historic Range: $12.48-$69.95
Reviewers Paid: $60.00
Size 17
Snowshoe Category Youth, for kids ages 6-10
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