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Pros Good flotation, inexpensiveRigid, 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 interface
Cons Less reliable binding technology, poor tractionNew binding trades ease-of-use for comfortLoud decking and bulky harnessMediocre flotation for the length, strapped deck/binding attachmentLimited traction
Bottom Line If you're not getting out much or going far, these budget snowshoes could be right for youOur 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 snow
Rating Categories Chinook Trekker MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Garneau Blizzard II
Flotation (25%)
7
6
5
5
10
Traction (25%)
4
10
8
8
5
Stride Ergonomics (20%)
6
8
9
7
4
Binding Comfort (10%)
5
8
8
8
8
Ease Of Use (10%)
6
4
8
8
8
Binding Security (10%)
4
10
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Specs Chinook Trekker MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Garneau...
Uses Spring snow and groomed trails Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and moderate terrain Deep snow
Optimum weight loads per tested size. Per manufacturer. 19: 50-90 lbs, 22: 90-130 lbs, 25: 130-210 lbs, 30: 180-250 lbs, 36: 250-300 lbs 120-220 lbs up to 190 lbs 25: 120-200 lbs, 30: 150-250 lbs, 35: 180-300+ lbs 150-250 lbs
Weight (per pair) 4lbs 4 oz 4 lbs 0 oz 4 lbs 9 oz 4 lbs 7 oz 5 lbs 6 oz
Surface Area 205 sq in 188 sq in 179 sq in 176 sq in 282 sq in
Dimensions 25x8. in 25x8 in 24x8 in 25x8 in 31x10 in
Crampon/Traction aids Aluminum crampons with heel bindings Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon
Frame material Aluminum Aluminum Steel traction rails Aluminum Aluminum
Deck material Polyethelene Fabric Molded plastic Nytex fabric LG "Lightec" fabric
Heel Lift No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Binding/Deck Connection Strapped Hinged Hinged Strapped Hybrid Hinged and Strapped
Binding system Ratchet straps with plastic buckles, nylon strap with ladder-lock buckle Rubber Straps with pin-in-hole Boa Nylon straps with cam buckles, rubber strap with plastic buckle Boa
Flotation tails sold separately? No Yes No No No
Men's and Women's versions? Unisex version Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible
Sizes Available 19, 22, 25, 30, 36 22, 25, 30 24, 28 25, 30, 35 825, 930, 1036
Tested Size 25 25 24 25 930
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