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