Tubbs Flex Vrt
Louis Garneau Blizzard II
Awards Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award  
Price $319.95 at REI
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Pros Rigid, precise, excellent binding security, traction, flotationFully featured for steep and technical useGood traction, and an easy-to-use, comfortable bindingLarge, with unique hybrid hinged deck/binding interfaceExcellent binding security, good traction, decent flotation
Cons New binding trades ease-of-use for comfortLoud decking and bulky harnessMediocre flotation for the length, strapped deck/binding attachmentLimited tractionBinding straps can be a little fiddly or uncomfortable with soft footwear
Bottom Line Our overall champ combines simplicity and high-quality materials, features, and engineeringThis is a top-scoring model with excellent traction and comfortThis average performer will keep most winter hikers happyOne of our favorite snowshoes for deep snowWe like this snowshoe for everything but the most technical terrain
Rating Categories MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Blizzard II MSR Revo Trail
Flotation (25%)
6
5
5
10
6
Traction (25%)
10
8
8
5
7
Stride Ergonomics (20%)
8
9
7
4
6
Binding Comfort (10%)
8
8
8
8
6
Ease Of Use (10%)
4
8
8
8
5
Binding Security (10%)
10
8
9
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10
Specs MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Blizzard II MSR Revo Trail
Uses Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and moderate terrain Deep snow Spring snow and moderate terrain
Optimum weight loads per tested size. Per manufacturer. 120-220 lbs up to 190 lbs 25: 120-200 lbs, 30: 150-250 lbs, 35: 180-300+ lbs 150-250 lbs 120-220 lbs
Weight (per pair) 4 lbs 0 oz 4 lbs 9 oz 4 lbs 7 oz 5 lbs 6 oz 3 lbs 13 oz
Surface Area 188 sq in 179 sq in 176 sq in 282 sq in 194 sq in
Dimensions 25x8 in 24x8 in 25x8 in 31x10 in 25x8 in
Crampon/Traction aids Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth
Frame material Aluminum Steel traction rails Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Deck material Fabric Molded plastic Nytex fabric LG "Lightec" fabric Molded plastic
Heel Lift Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Binding/Deck Connection Hinged Hinged Strapped Hybrid Hinged and Strapped Hinged
Binding system Rubber Straps with pin-in-hole Boa Nylon straps with cam buckles, rubber strap with plastic buckle Boa Rubber straps with pin-in-hole
Flotation tails sold separately? Yes No No No No
Men's and Women's versions? Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version availible
Sizes Available 22, 25, 30 24, 28 25, 30, 35 825, 930, 1036 22, 25
Tested Size 25 24 25 930 25
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