Reviewed by E-squared from New Mexico on Thursday, January 09, 2014
I replaced some entry level snowshoes with these, and they are a nice step up.
The bindings are easy to set up and dial for your boots, they didn't slip for me at all. For a 170 pound guy, these 25" shoes give me good enough floatation in powder - maybe because I don't mind sinking a bit (part of the workout).
The traction is decent, but the crampon is somewhat less meaty than on other shoes. The ridges on the bottom of the composite deck and the small spikes along the binding platform make up pretty well for the minimized crampon - but it might be dicier on really crusty slopes.
The heel elevators are a really nice feature for extended climbs, and are easy to use on these snowshoes.
The bag these come in is nice, but I wish it were slightly larger and more flexible. As it is, it does fit in some collapsible poles along with the shoes, and when empty it does compress into my backpack - but it only does either of those moderately easily.
I liked the idea of the shoes being quieter than others - but I'm not sure I could tell the difference. Its not like snowshoes create that much of a racket - and these didn't sound notably different.