Fussy bindings, not sure the crampons are really "stainless"

Reviewed by Snow Sportsman from New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I ordered these based on the positive reviews, however, I suspect that some of the reviewers may not be experienced with snowshoes. I put them on at home and decided against bringing them on a mountain hike. The bindings are a real challenge to tighten and loosen. There are no quick-release buckles at all and the heel strap has to be tightened and loosened and threaded through a wide heel cup every time. I can't imaging trying to get these on or off while on the trail, in the cold, wearing gloves or mittens. The toe section of the bindings is also very fussy, similar to a low-end Tubbs binding that I have on another pair of snowshoes. I am also dubious of the "stainless steel" claim on the crampons as they are very strongly magnetic and are painted. I recognize that there are some types of stainless steel that are magnetic, generally used for cutlery to hold a sharp knife edge. I was surprised to see the crampons being painted and magnetic and I suspect they are regular steel but can't be sure. These are going back for a refund, not a bargain.
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