These are the cheapest "mountaineering" snowshoes for a reason...

Reviewed by Kayla from California on Sunday, March 20, 2016
I bought these a few months ago as I was new to snowshoeing and didn't want to drop a lot of money without knowing if I'd like it. Well, I'm glad I got these for cheap because the snowshoes ARE cheap. I've run into several problems with these. Perhaps the most annoying problem is the ice that builds up between the heel of your boot and the snowshoe underneath, which causes your foot to slide around. After a few hours of this, your ankle and knee will not be happy. On a couple trips, huge clumps of snow built up in the crampon section so it's like walking on gigantic snowballs. Neither the ice or clumps of snow are easy to knock off the snowshoe. I've used these probably seven times or so, and already the rubbery part of the binding that goes around the heel is ripped on one of them. The heel bindings are terrible; difficult to tighten and loosen, which means they'll come off easily. I also don't really see how these are mountaineering snowshoes since they don't have a lot of traction compared to MSR snowshoes, which have much better side traction. On a steep slope of snow, you probably won't feel comfortable in these. I know I don't! I am glad I didn't spend more money on these. I will definitely be upgrading next season.
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