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Pros Excellent traction, comfortable bindings, fantastic stride ergonomicsStellar traction, heel lifts for steep terrain, easy to use, add-on flotation tail compatibleAffordable, great flotation, comfortable bindings, organic StrideGood traction and flotation, excellent binding system, heel liftAffordable, stellar traction, easy to use, versatile bindings
Cons Binding system potentially isn't secure, doesn't float well unless you're very lightExpensive, front of binding difficult to navigate with thick gloves on, side and back stepping are laboriousLacking in traction, awkward for big bootsA bit heavy, tail flips up a lot of snow, toe shape feels a little wideLoud on packed snow, duck waddle for those with a narrower gait, straps do not stay in place
Bottom Line The Flex RDG offers fantastic traction and great stride ergonomics for women while being easy to use and comfortableIf superior traction and versatility out in the steep and variable backcountry terrain is what you're looking for, the Lightning Ascent delivers in spadesBetween the floatation, comfort, and ability to walk naturally, this beginner snowshoe is sure to check most of your boxesThe Montane is an easy to use snowshoe that offers great features for mountainous and technical terrainGreat traction and versatile bindings mean you will have no problem heading into a wide spectrum of snow types and terrain levels with the Evo
Rating Categories Tubbs Flex RDG - Women's Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra Rendezvous Atlas Elektra Montane MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes
Flotation (30%)
6
8
8
8
8
Traction (25%)
9
9
8
8
8
Stride Ergonomics (15%)
9
9
9
8
7
Ease Of Use (15%)
8
8
8
9
7
Bindings (15%)
7
9
9
9
8
Specs Tubbs Flex RDG -... Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra... Atlas Elektra... MSR Evo Trail...
Uses Variable rolling and mountain terrain All terrain Variable rolling terrain All terrain Flat and variable rolling terrain
Optimum weight loads (per size) 80-150 lbs 120-210 lbs 120-200 lbs 120-200+ lbs Without tails: 180 lbs, With tails: 250 lbs
Weight (per pair) 3.5 lbs 3.8 lbs 3.3 lbs 4.4 lbs 3.5 lbs without tails
4.4 lbs with
Binding mount Full Full Fixed Fixed Full
Binding system CustomWrap binding featuring the Boa Closure System Paragon Binding Strapp binding offers Wrapp binding function Wrapp Swift binding DuoFit
Crampon Traction rails and carbon steel toe crampon DTX Crampon Twin-trac toe crampon All-trac toe crampon Steel traction rails and brake bars
Frame material Plastic frame and decking with steel traction rails Aluminum Aluminum V-Frame Aluminum V-frame Martensitic steel
Deck material Plastic advanced Torsion Deck Nylon Nytex decking Nytex decking Polypropylene
Surface area (for tested size) 151 in² 180 in² 176sqin 176 in² 174 in² without tails, 220 in² with
Dimensions 8 x 22" 7.25 x 25" 6.3 x 27" 8.5 x 27" 8 x 22"
Flotation tails sold separately? No Yes, 5" No No Yes, 6"
Load with tails (per size) N/A Up to 270 lbs N/A N/A Up to 250 lbs
Men's and Women's versions? Yes Yes Yes No, women's specific Unisex
Sizes Available 22" 22", 25" 23" and 27" 23" and 27" 22"
Size Tested 22" 25" 27" 27" 22" plus 6" add-on tails
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